Valentine Colors Extravaganza

Valentine color extravaganza with 3d gifts and coordinating cards by Natalie Lapakko.

Valentine Colors Extravaganza

There are so many different color combinations possible for Valentine’s Day. The colors you choose may depend on the mood you are trying to convey or may be tailored for the recipient of the card or gift you are making.

I’ve put together a color guide to help you get started on your valentine projects. Once you’ve got your color palette selected, you can gather up your supplies in those colors and go to town creating gifts and cards for your loved ones!

Valentine color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko with Stampin' Up! colors. Includes Traditional, trendy, masculine, and feminine color schemes for Valentine's Day.

Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring No Bones About It stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, and Real Red. Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Enamel Shapes and Pop of Pink DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo. plus Whisper White. Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, and Gold. Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Bear Hugs stamps and Sending Love DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Real Red, Basic Black, plus Whisper White. Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Sending Love DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Real Red and Whisper White. Masculine valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Carousel Birthday stamps and Cupcakes and Carousels DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla. Cheerful feminine valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Glitter Paper and Cupcakes and Carousels DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla.

What Makes A Valentine?

I think that a Valentine needs one of two things to make it feel like a Valentine. As long as it has one of them, it works.  You can have both, but don’t need to have both.  The two things are…

  • Valentine colors
  • Valentine themed stuff (hearts, love related sentiments, etcetera)

That means ANY color combination can be a Valentine. You don’t need pink or red at all. If it conveys how you care for someone or has a heart anywhere on it, it’s a Valentine.

It also means that if you have zero Valentine stamps, you can still make Valentine cards. Choose some more traditional Valentine colors, and it will still look like a Valentine.

I don’t actually have a lot of strictly Valentine themed stamps, but there are a lot of stamp sets out there that have sentiments that work great for Valentine’s Day. Give your stamps a second look and see if there are any sentiments you may have missed that would work well for your Valentines.

Challenge Inspiration

This project happily coincides with Global Design Challenge #71!

I was already working on this extravaganza of a post before this challenge was posted, but the timing is absolutely perfect, so I just have to participate!

Valentine color extravaganza by Natalie Lapakko with cards and 3D gifts featuring Stampin' Up! products.

Tips for Coordinating Gifts

Each of my projects today features a 3D gift and coordinating card. Sometimes I make a card first, then adapt it to make similar decorations to fit on a gift. At other times I decorate the gift first then make a card to match. I find it works equally well either way.

You have to make many of the same design decisions for 3D gifts that you have to make for cards such as selecting colors, choosing papers, picking out stamps, and deciding what embellishments to use. Once all those decisions are made, you can get started fitting them together to make either a card layout OR decorations for a 3D gift.

Some things I have learned along the way that make 3D gift decorating a little easier include the following:

  • Designer series paper is easier to wrap around 3D objects than cardstock.
  • 6×6 designer series paper is sometimes not long enough to wrap all the way around even a small 3D object. You can put two strips together and hide where they are joined either in the back or behind an embellishment.
  • It can be difficult to tie ribbons tight around cellophane. Instead, use baker’s twine to make sure the cellophane stays tight shut and add a decorative ribbon right over the top of the twine.
  • Don’t forget to wash out (and dry) your containers before putting unwrapped candy in them! They don’t necessarily come clean enough for food!
  • Ribbons and twine are your friend! So many 3D objects would be impossible to decorate if you tie your decorations on there somehow. The way you attach your tags becomes an important part of the design!

Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Sending Love DSP from Stampin' Up!

Simple Love Valentine

This card features the most simple and perhaps most traditional of the Valentine’s Day color schemes: Red and White.

I kept this card and gift simple with only a few layers and some pretty easy techniques, so it would be easy for a crafter of any skill level to make.

The card has a panel of Sending Love Designer Series Paper on the left side and a sentiment and hearts stamped from the Weather Together stamp set. I stamped these with VersaMark ink and embossed them in white.

The little heart embellishments are from the Sending Love Embellishments which are a natural wood color; I colored these white with a gel pen. White paint would also work, but the gel pen was easy and dried fast.

The top of the jar is decorated with the same Sending Love Designer Series Paper layered with Real Red cardstock. The shape were really easy to cut with Layering Circles Framelit Dies.

Color inspiration: Real Red and Whisper White

Simple valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Sending Love DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Sending Love Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Weather Together (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Mason jar, Starbursts, white embossing powder, Sending Love Embellishments, Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Enamel Shapes and Pop of Pink DSP from Stampin' Up!

Pop of Pink and Purple Valentine

The Layering Circles Framelits make a return in this project to help make a layered tag for the center of my M&M test tube. This little tag sits in the center of one of the new Lace Doilies, which are the perfect size to wrap around a test tube. Sending Love ribbon and some dimensionals hold everything in place on this 3D gift.

This card was what convinced me to make a coordinating card for each of my projects. I wanted to see more of the Rich Razzleberry in my color scheme, so I repeated the same layers from my little tag in a much larger card. I loved how it turned out, so much so that it inspired the other six cards in the extravaganza!

This card goes to show that you don’t need words to convey the message of love and friendship… a couple of Enamel Shapes hearts do the trick just fine! I love how bright and cheerful these embellishments are.

Color inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White.

Trendy valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Enamel Shapes and Pop of Pink DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Test tube, dark pink M&Ms, Brights Enamel Shapes, Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Lace Doilies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring No Bones About It stamps from Stampin' Up!

Dinosaur Valentine

This card and gift take the traditional Valentine’s Day colors and mix in some neutral colors. Lots of bold black and grays make an appealing combination for the manliest of men, and almost anyone else, too.

This particular card will be for my 2-1/2 year old son and features interactive elements. The dinosaurs are attached with velcro instead of dimensionals so he can take them off and play with them then stick them back on again.

One of my favorite elements of this card is the ombre effect on the dinosaurs. I add ink to each dinosaur with a sponge, layering more and more sponged ink the farther down the stamp I go. It’s a super cool effect, especially on these large flat stamps.

Color inspiration: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red, and Whisper White.

Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring No Bones About It stamps and A Little Foxy DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: No Bones About It, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: metal tin, Dove chocolates, sponge, velcro, dimensionals, Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Masculine valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Carousel Birthday stamps and Cupcakes and Carousels DSP from Stampin' Up!

Masculine Valentine

This Valentine uses one of those hidden Valentine’s Day sentiments I was talking about. The sentiment on the Tootsie Pop tag is from Happy Happenings. Normally it would be paired with another sentiment to read, “Hello, Handsome… Welcome to the World,” for a nice, sweet message for a new baby. If you leave off the second part of the sentiment, though, it becomes a fun and flirty message for your special guy.

I love the combination of the wooden hearts from the Sending Love Embellishments (I used the smooth back side) and the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper. The paper is printed with speckles of Early Espresso, so it already looks a little distressed. Combined with the natural wood, it looks kind of rustic, which is perfect for a masculine Valentine!

I made my own customized patterned paper for this card. First, I stamped the carousel horse in Early Espresso, stamped off two or three times, in a pattern. I then stamped all over with the same stamp until I ran out of ink. This made kind of a distressed look that went with the card style. Then, I loosely colored the main horses with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The background was a little overpowering, so I put a layer of vellum over it to soften it up a little, which gives the background a dreamy, faded memories feeling.

Color inspiration: Early Espresso, Bermuda May, Pool Party, So Saffron, and Whisper White.

Masculine valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Carousel Birthday stamps and Cupcakes and Carousels DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Early Espresso (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Carousel Birthday, Happy Happenings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shape Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: So Saffron, Pool Party Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Tootsie Pop, cellophane bag (cut into a square), twine, vellum, Sending Love Embellishments, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Quick and easy valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Bear Hugs stamps and Sending Love DSP from Stampin' Up!

Quick and Easy Valentine

When a designer series paper is extra bold, you don’t have to do much to it to make a beautiful card. Glue it on and step out of the way!

I added a piece of Sending Love Designer Series Paper to a square card, tied around Solid and regular Basic Black Baker’s Twine, and added a sentiment from the Bear Hugs stamp set. That’s it! If you need to make a card in a hurry, this is the one!

The 3D gift was also pretty easy. If you can wrap a present, you can wrap Tic Tacs in designer series paper. Add a bow, add a sentiment, and you’re finished!

This is one of my favorite papers of the season, because I love all the ways to say, “I love you,” from all around the world in all kinds of super cute fonts. It also makes pairing the paper with a sentiment very easy, because any font will go with it!

Color inspiration: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White.

Quick and easy valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Bear Hugs stamps and Sending Love DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Sending Love Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Bear Hugs (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Solid Basic Black Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!

Cheerful valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Glitter Paper and Cupcakes and Carousels DSP from Stampin' Up!

Cheerful Feminine Valentine

This is one of my favorite color schemes, for Valentine’s Day or any time! Adding yellow to a color combination always makes it seem more cheerful.

This card and 3D gift use the same layers, in the same order, to make them seem unified. The one difference is that the card uses a solid Melon Mambo base while the gift uses a piece of Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. This is because a card needs a nice thick card base for structural purposes and the 3D gift needs something that can easily be folded around the clear box.

Repeating the same embellishments also adds to the unity. You’ll see the same ribbon and tassel from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit. I have really been liking all the fun things that come in this kit! There is such a variety of things to play with!

I couldn’t use quite the same heart on both the card and the gift, because the one on the gift had to be so much smaller! Since I don’t have a smaller heart punch or die of any kind, I had to make the small heart old school style by drawing one on the back of the paper and cutting it out with a scissors. I tried to mimic the shape of the larger heart to the best of my ability.

Note: The wavy ribbon was really pesky. I had to use a combination of snail adhesive AND glue dots to hold it in place and I’m still not super confident that it will stay. If you try this at home, I would try using tear tape for extra hold.

Color inspiration: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla

Cheerful, feminine valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Glitter Paper and Cupcakes and Carousels DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Sweetheart Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Flourish Thinlit Dies and Blooms and Bliss DSP from Stampin' Up!

Elegant Valentine

This is my favorite of the Valentine cards and 3D gifts! The color combination combined with the metallic gold makes for a really fancy, elegant kind of feel.

I stamped the sentiment from Weather Together onto a scrolly tag from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit, then embossed it with gold. Behind that I tucked a flowery branch cut from gold foil paper with Flourish Thinlits and a Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon. The Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper is a simple pattern, so it brings in some texture but doesn’t detract from all the shiny gold elements that are the true star of the show.

I added a band of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper and a smaller Flourish flower to the 3D gift so they would coordinate. There isn’t actually any Sweet Sugarplum on the gift, though. It’s the M&M’s that bring in that color; I just love how well they match with the Sweet Sugarplum.

Color inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, and Gold

Fancy feminine valentine card and 3D gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Flourish Thinlit Dies and Blooms and Bliss DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Gold Foil, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Weather Together (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Flourish Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: gold embossing powder, Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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