Hello SCT Friends! Jill Hawkins here with you today. I’m excited to share my first SCT Blog projects with you here. And what better topic than Valentine’s Day and Love! 🙂 There is still plenty of time to create a few little Valentines to brighten someone’s day tomorrow.

My first project, is a sweet little card I’m giving to our son. He loves to get cute cards, so I spared no cuteness here.

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Supplies Cardstock: Neenah, Copic, My Favorite Things; VELLUM: Taylored Expressions; STAMPS, DIES: Lawn Fawn, Paper Smooches; INK: Hero Arts, Gina K; PEN: Uniball; MARKERS: Copic; ADHESIVE: 3M

First, I stamped and colored these adorable critters and die cut them both out. Here are a couple of quick photos to see the colors I used.

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I just tend to grab and use what colors work for me. 😉

I then die cut a bunch of heart candies and stamped the sentiments on them in a reddish pink. I wanted to make them look very similar to the real candies that you pour from the box on Valentine’s Day. Of course, for my card, I thought a little vellum pouch would be fun to use for transparency.

I always loved to read all the hearts during our class Valentines parties, choosing which to give to each classmate. 🙂

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I added some stitching bits to a scored panel and affixed everything on.

I can’t wait to hear our son say, “Aww it’s so cute!” 🙂

Next up, I made a card full of Love! Perfect for Valentine’s Day or really any day you want to send some love in the mail.

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I started blending ink on paper with a foam blending tool. It helps to keep a light hand and keep your blender moving.

I have found it also works best if you overlap each color as you blend, and then go back when you are finished to blend a little more of each color into the next. I tend to go in with a little heavier hand as I finish it off.

After that, I spritzed some water and white paint on the panel and let it dry completely. Once dry, I dry embossed the panel with a die and embossing mat for some added texture.

I die cut the sentiment a few times along with some hearts and then adhered all the layers together. I think this gives the whole card a little more pop! After everything was attached, I added some shimmer to the hearts and completed my card with some stitching details.

supplies CARDSTOCK: Neenah; PAPER: Bristol by Canson; DIES: Paper Smooches; INK: Ranger; INK BLENDER: Ranger Industries; ADHESIVE: 3M

I hope I have inspired you to give a little love to someone tomorrow or any day–It’s always fun to receive a handmade card! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Thanks for joining me here today—

~ Jill Hawkins

Be sure to find more of Jill’s beautiful work by following her on Instagram @jilldhawkins!