Valentine Tree

Good Saturday morning.  I have a fun Valentine card to share with you today.  I guess it doesn’t really have to be a Valentine but could be an “I love you” card for anytime. I have gone a little heart crazy this Valentine season and can’t seem to stop making heart flower gardens.  Today I took it step further and added heart flowers to the tree. I thought while I was making this project I would take a few step by step pictures to show how I create this kind of scene.

KC Memory Box Grand Alder Tree 2 right

I started by coloring the tree with a green and brown Copic marker. 



I applied several tiny dots of glossy accents at a time to the leaves.


I used my QuickStik to pick up the tiny hearts and applied them to the glossy accents. The tiny hearts kept wanting to pick back up with the QuickStik so I held them in place with my leaf tool while I lifted the sticky tip away. This really is the perfect tool for picking up tiny pieces like the hearts.


When all the hearts were attached I turned the tree face down on my molding pad and delicately formed the hearts with my stylus to add dimension to both the hearts and the branches.


Here’s a close up view to show the lightly rounded hearts and branches. Just that simple step adds so much depth and interest to the hearts and branches.


I attached the fence to the front of my frame with ATG adhesive.


I created a heart garden using the same technique to attached the hearts to the grass stems as with the tree. I attached a small grassy border in front of it to give a clean finish.


I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the flower garden and attached it directly over top of the fence.


I attached mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the blue card base.


I attached very thin strips of mounting tape to the trunk of the tree so it could stand free away from the blue background.


I tucked the tree in behind the fence line.  I added popped up clouds in behind the tree and then attached rolled glue dots to a couple of branches to secure the top of the clouds. 

KC Memory Box Grand Alder Tree 2 center

I can never resist using a few butterflies to add a few more pops of color and interest to the scene.

KC MEmory Box Grand Alder Tree 2 left

Before I finish I want to do a short review on the Sizzix Accessory, Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies.  I had heard lots of good things about this platform and since I do so much intricate die cutting I decided to give it a try. It definitely lives up to it’s reputation of securing the dies in place and I am thrilled to have it. It is important to note that this platform only works with wafer thin dies like Memory Box, Spellbinders and Impression Obsession and does not replace your regular Multi Purpose platform. You will still need it for embossing folders, Sizzlets, etc. 


I hope you enjoyed seeing the steps to create this simple fun and cheerful scene.  Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card Size:  5.5” x 4.25”   Paper:  Real Red, Old Olive, Papertrey White, Memory Box Water

19 thoughts on “Valentine Tree”

  1. What a lovely heart tree. You havent made a card yet that I dont just adore Kittie. I just love the designs you come up with. I only wish I could find new words to describe how I feel about each card. I feel like a broken record, but its true.

  2. Good Afternoon, Kittie, A heart full of joy that seems to grow everyday, and this tree of hearts is sure growing with love. Just beautiful an so special. Love what you did here, and thank you so much for tutorial. ……..LOL

  3. In addition to enjoying your always stellar work, Kittie, I was also very happy to read your thoughts on the magnetic platform. It’s not cheap, and before I spring for that kind of money for a simple platform, I want to make sure it’ll be money well spent. Thanks very much for sharing your experiences with it – feedback is really important in our crafting community and reviews from other stampers do help us in stretching our dollars as far as possible.

  4. WoW!!! Kittie this card is jaw dropping gorgeous!!! I Love It!!!! The heart filled tree, the butterflies, the fence, the heart flower row, the clouds, the lovely blue sky. I miss the lovely blue sky so much these days. Lately I have been wishing for a die with tiny hearts, imagine that and I am not a hearts type of girl. I am working on a valentine card for a special friend and tiny hearts would be perfect for the background. Now I know which die I need. Thank you for the excellent step by step tutorial. The quickstik is one of my favourite tools for working with tiny pieces. I bought my magnetic platform for one of my Christmas presents and I love it. I think it is well worth the money. I found I had to buy a new cutting mat for the bottom mat because mine were too bowed. I learned how to emboss with the magnetic platform from a video on Karen Burniston’s blog, she uses the sizzix silicone mat folded in half on top of the die and the black impressions mat on top, it works very well. I also still use my regular cutting platform. The magnetic platform works beautifully with thin dies, including quickutz, I still have lots of those dies. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card, I would like to make this into a little shadow box for myself to enjoy looking at on these dreary winter days.
    Jacquelene L

  5. Kittie, I love this card….. And I love the tutorial part is sensational…. It is really gonna help me, the one with no creativity….lol. Thank you for sharing your creativity….

  6. Oh Kittie, what a enjoyment for my eyes!!
    So lovely!! So sweet!! I love this card!!
    I try to make also such one.
    Thank you very much for your good explanation!
    Hugs, Eva.

  7. Quick question. Why did you need the adapter plate if you were using the magnetic platform. Since working with it, I haven’t had to use it. Were you using it for something else besides your wafer dies?

  8. Pretty card, Kittie! Thx for the great step-by-step tutorial. Just adore the tree w/all those hearts. Great idea to add tiny hearts to the top of the tines of grass as flowers, too. 😀


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