I decided to make a Valentine that looked truly vintage, so I started with the awesome Crafty Secrets Homespun Cotton Scraps in the Romance theme.
I cut out the image I wanted, leaving a border, then peeled it off the backing sheet. Did you know that if you pick at the threads with your fingernails, you can unravel them? I like to unravel a few rows to give it a little older feel. Next, I mounted the Cotton Scraps on a coordinating cardstock mat.
Next, I used my handy Make The Cut software with a free SVG file to make that super cute doily heart. I altered the original SVG a little to remove some extra cuts, and it's only one layer of a complete card. This particular SVG file came from Paulo's blog. He is an awesomely talented artist who chooses to share his work with the rest of us! I distressed the cut some by using some distress ink direct from the ink pad - the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads work great for this. (I particularly recommend Old Paper, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain for maker paper look aged.) Finally, I pulled a "Valentine" stamp from my stash and stamped the upper center of the heart.
I made a 5x7 card base from cardstock, then a 4.75 x 6.75 panel from a darker color. I embossed this panel using my Cuttlebug Textile Texture embossing folder. Now, because this folder is an A2 size, I embossed the left side (horizontal orientation), then the right side. This folder is really easy to line up the design for this technique! After embossing, I ran my distress ink pad over the raised areas and along the edges. I then used an edge distresser tool along the edges of the panel as well, and adhered it to the front of my card base.
Fired Brick Distress Stickles to accent my sentiment and fill in all of the little heart cut-outs on the edge of my heart doily.