Heart map valentines card

Our adventures in die-cutting continue! Here's our latest handmade card creation - an alternative valentines card is an ode to travel lovers. It's inspired by all the lovely things we're seeing on Pinterest with vintage maps and books. This the result of a cake'n'craft night - baking and card making while listening to old movies music. Our challenge was to make a card some new super-skinny dies we've discovered - Sizzix Framelits. They create really ornate paper-cut-style details. Read on to find out how to make your own version. For more ideas like this, click on over to Sizzix to download their free project sheets or try more valentines card ideas from The Making Spot's designers.

Vintage map heart valentines card

To make this card I cut a red heart swirly crown frame using a Heart set of Framelits (one of a new range by Pete Hughes) and my Big Shot machine - this gave me the main red frame shape - pre-cut to be topped off with a crown - to play with. So I raided my papercraft stash for matching papers & embellishments to build up my design. 

One of the interesting features of the new Framelits is that they've been created as just a frame with no backing block - which means you can really accurately position where you cut. To test this I used another heart shape from the same set of dies to cut a smaller heart from map-printed-paper (I used October Afternoon Seaside for this but you could use any old map or try it with an old book for someone who's an avid reader!)

To add a bit of extra interest I added the lettering 'LOVE' in paper scrabble tiles and topped it off with a Craftime mini button. I topped it all off by adding a Fiskars heart eyelet to pinpoint an area of the map.

Die-cut vintage heart map valentines card

Ta da! here's my finished card - I was actually really pleased with this one. At the last minute I added a stitched line around the map heart - as I'm loving big-chunky-hand-stitching on my cards at the mo.

Are you making any valentines' cards this year? If so we'd love to see! Pop over to our Flickr Group and share a pic!