greeting cards

Barber shop Valentine


CR00469 square

Valentine’s Day. We don’t make a big deal about it but, as a cardmaker, I could hardly miss the opportunity to make a card for my other half.

I spotted this digi the other day while browsing through The Paper Shelter’s large catalogue of images (so many lovely digis; I restrained myself and only picked up four, but I shall be back for more once these have all been coloured…)

The Copic colouring was pretty straightforward apart from the chair base — I wanted to make it a brighter, more chrome-like look, but I added too much dark too soon to recover it. I definitely need more practice creating metal finishes.

The fussy cutting was a bit fiddly in places: there are some sharp internal corners on this design. Rather than struggle with the scissors and risk bending the card too much, I have started keeping my craft knife to hand just to help with those particularly awkward angles.

I tried various different layouts before settling on a stack of dotty hearts. I die-cut the hearts from white card, stencilled the dots and then brushed over some more ink to tone down the contrast.

The hearts were glued flat on the card base and the main image was popped up using foam tape. A layer of glossy accents on the smallest heart added a bit of shine to the card.


CR00469 detail

Copic markers:

skin – E000, E53, BV00
hair – C5, C7, C9, 100, B41
lips/flower – R05, R46
top/shoes – B00, B01, B02, B04
trousers – BV01, BV34, BV04
chair, red – R14, R24, R46, R59, W6
chair, chrome – C1, C5, C7

Polychromos pencils:

skin – 187 burnt ochre
chair – 230 cold grey 1, 231 cold grey 2, 233 cold grey 4, 251 silver


  • digital stamps:
    The Paper Shelter – barber shop
  • dies:
    Little B – hearts
  • stencils:
    Memory Box – texture dot grid
  • inks:
    Distress oxide – candied apple
  • embellishments:
    Ranger – glossy accents
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Strathmore Bristol 300
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pearly shimmer
  • miscellaneous:
    sponge dauber
    stencil brush

CR00469 display


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