These next two cards (see photos) are made with one of my favorite techniques - snippets. ( Snippets are small pieces of thread or fabric cut even smaller with a rotary cutter.)
I cut a heart shape out of red cotton, centered the heart shaped cut-out over the snippets and blind stitched around the edges of the heart. The stitching on the vines and stem help hold it all in place. The vines are made using the longest straight stitch on my machine then using embroidery floss to whip stitch through the machine stitches.
Side note: If, like me, you could write a book called Machine stitching for the Clueless, you will draw your design on a piece of tissue paper, pin that to the background fabric and stitch over your drawing. Pull off the tissue paper. This does not work well with the zig-zag, so do the stems with a straight stitch, pull off the tissue, then zig-zag over the straight stitches. If you still don't get it right, call it 'esoteric contemporary' and keep on smiling.
Here are a few more examples of Valentines made for special people this year.
I wanted something a bit more masculine for great-nephew Jacob, age 5, and decided stripes and his name would do the trick.