Concord & 9th’s Love Always

I just love the cascading hearts border stamp in this set, and I’ve been wanting to use it for a long time.ย  Today is the day!ย  My original plan was to have the hearts cascadingย  from the center out of an A2 size card front.ย  Just as I was about to implement my plan, I realized that it would mean that the top portion of my card would have upside down hearts ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  So, I had to come up with something else.

My Empty Nest Creations Cascading Hearts Love Card

I decided to stick with original plan and have the center of my card be “heartless”, but to avoid having upside down hearts, I just stamped the border stamp in the same direction–once on the top and once just below center.ย  Next came my favorite ink blending.ย  I used Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Tim Holtz Distress Oxides.ย  My Favorite Things Love die is one of my favorites.ย  I die cut that out of the center, and attached my pink card front onto an A2 top folding card using foam tape.ย  I just love the recessed look of the letters (unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show that very well.)ย  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders stamp set.ย  The stamp actually has the word love at the beginning.ย  I just wiped the Versamark ink off of the word love, so that I could have just “everything about you”.ย  The greeting is white heat embossed onto black card stock.ย  After trimming out the black piece, I thought that it seemed too wide and covered too much of the love die cut area.ย  To get around that, I just fussy cut around it–perfect!!!

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Making Multiple Cards from One Stamped Image

I’ve kind of been on a little creative slump lately.ย  I always love making cards during the winter holidays, but that excitement always seems to leave around December 26th.ย  Even Valentine’s Day doesn’t get my creative mojo fired up.ย  That said, I just love it when I can get multiple cards using just one stamped image.ย  Two for the price of one…who doesn’t love that!

I have a few of Simon Says Stamp beautiful background cling stamps that I always seem to go to.ย  They are great for any kind of card.ย  Stamps are expensive, so I love it when I can buy one that is so incredibly versatile.

For my latest cards, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Emma Background.ย  I white heat embossed it on Bristol paper, and ink blended over it using Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides (I just love how the oxides blend so effortlessly).ย  I die cut a heart out of the center of the image.

For my first card, I placed the background minus the heart onto my card base and lightly traced the heart outline.ย  This helped me stamp my greeting in the right spot.ย  Using one of my new fav stamp sets, Pretty Pink Posh Everyday Greetings, I stamped my greeting within the lightly traced heart space.ย  After erasing the heart outline, I adhered my stamped background onto my card base with dimensional tape.ย  The final touch was adding a few small pink hearts to finish it off.

For the second card, I embossed a piece of white card stock using the Doodle Heartsย  embossing folder from The Paper Studio.ย  I then die cut that piece using a Gina Marie Designs double stitched rectangle die.ย  Using Altenew’s Halftone Happy die, I cut the beautiful script Happy out of silver metallic card stock.ย  To finish the sentiment, I die cut a banner out of white card stock and stamped “anniversary” from Altenew’s Halftone Happy stamp set.ย  I matted the white background piece with the same silver metallic card stock.ย  All that was left was to simply glue it all together.ย  Once again, the final touch was adding a few tiny pink hearts.

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