Practicing Creativity

Chocolate Box Valentine's Day card

I recently treated myself to a couple of new cutting dies and eager to play with them, decided to use both on this card. The card base itself has been made with my new Crafts-too step card cutting die. The frame around the image is Joy Crafts Flourish Frame cut and emboss die.

To make the embossed images on the frame stand out, I inked them with Distress Black Soot, before removing the die from the paper.

The Box of Valentine Chocolates image is a free digi-stamp from Dearie Dolls. You would not believe the time I spent coloring this stamp! I wanted the image small to fit in the frame so I reduced it in size. You probably can't tell from the photos, but the chocolate box itself is only about 3.5cm (1.5") across. Trying to color and shade on such a small scale is not easy. I was constantly sharpening my pencils and my eyes felt like pinpoints by the time I had finished. The paper is digital and the front sentiment one I created with Grilled Cheese BTN font.

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Sassy Designs Hugs & Kisses digital paper pack,
Digi-stamp—Drearie Dolls Box of Valentine Chocolates free dig-stamp
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils,
Ink—Distress Black Soot
Dies—Crafts-too Presscut step card die, Joy Crafts Flourish Frame 6002/0257
Embellishments—buttons, twine, felt hearts
Font—Grilled Cheese BTN

I'm linking up with: Digi Chooseday week 3 challenge, Part Time Tuesdays #194, Sweet 7 Designs challenge #9, Sweet Stamps challenge #205 and Top Tip Tuesday Something New challenge.


  1. You colored that stamp --- I am totally in awe of those skills. That is beautiful.

    Thank you for joining us at for this weeks challenge. Good luck.

  2. You did a gorgeous job on this. The embossed stamp looks amazing.


  3. Such a pretty card, beautiful colours and design. Love those dies! Thank you so much for
    playing this time at Party Time Tuesdays, good luck and hope to see you
    again soon. Andree (DT)

  4. Amazing coloring! Black and pink together look very pretty together. Quite a striking card.

  5. This is super cute, love the colour combos.... thanks for joining us for our Love and Romance challenge at Digi Choosday's Challenge..... xo Nikki

  6. This is a masterpiece! Very clever! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation with us at
    Crafty Hugs

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! I admire you for colouring such a small image.
    Thanks for joining us at Sweet 7 Designs

  8. Beautiful Box of Chocolates!!! Adorable card and super cute choice of image and phenomenal job of coloring!! Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays and good luck!!!!
    Lynne, Party Time Tuesday Party Planner

  9. wow wow wow!!!! beautiful card and gorgeous colouring! thank you for joining us at Sweet 7 challenge blog and good luck. Hugs Davinia (DT) xx


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