Like most card makers, I’m really stuck on rainbow ink blending. It’s so bright and cheery that I just can’t help it. This time I used it as a background for my cut out heart card front.
I started by ink blending a piece of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Bristol paper using Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple Distress Oxides. While I let that dry, I cut out hearts using 3 of the heart dies (My Favorite Things Pierced Heart Stax dies) from another piece of Bristol paper the same size as the ink blended piece. I had to be careful and collect the some of the small paper scraps because I knew that I would probably need some of them to fill in the heart shapes (note the tiny white piece on the top left corner of the card front).
Putting the card together was very easy. I adhered the die cut heart piece on top of the rainbow piece first. Once I did that, it was easy to see where I needed to complete any heart shapes. It turns out that the only white scrap piece I needed was for the purple heart on the top left corner. The sentiment is from The Ink Blot Shop’s Tiny Bubbles set. I white heat embossed the bubble and words onto a scrap piece of black card stock and attached it to the card front using a foam square.
At this point, I was finished with my original idea, but I felt it looked a bit blah. I decided it needed a few black additions, so I outlined each of the hearts with black dashes using a fine tip black marker and added a few black Nuvo dots. That was exactly what it needed. To finish the card, I attached it to an A2 top folding card base.
I’ve been away from card making for quite a long time. Life became much more important to my husband and me. We became grandparents for the first time about a month ago (6 weeks early) to twins—a boy and a girl. We are beyond blessed! Life certainly is good.
After being away for so long, I kind of lost my creative mojo. My husband has been trying to get me into my craft room just to make something because he knows how much I do truly enjoy it. So…here’s my first stab at a valentine card for 2019.
I just bought this beautiful Inlay Heart die from Poppystamps, and the Messages for Every Day stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Poppystamps dies always cut perfectly, and the sentiments on this SSS stamp set are awesome!
I cut the die on a piece of pink Bazzill card stock (sorry, I don’t know the color name), and then cut it again using a piece of patterned paper from the 6×6 Front Porch paper pad from Pebbles, Inc. I added a strip of the same patterned paper to the bottom of the pink piece and adhered it to an A2 white card base made from Neenah Solar White #110 card stock. I placed the single patterned paper heart into the space on the inlayed heart and glued it down.
All that was left was to pick the right sentiment. As I said before, this stamp set has an incredible selection of greetings. There were 3 or 4 that would have worked, but I settled on the “I love you so much!” and white heat embossed it onto a piece of dark brown scrap paper that matched the striped paper I used for the heart. I attached the sentiment strip using foam tape to give it some dimension.
I just love the cascading hearts border stamp in this set, and I’ve been wanting to use it for a long time. Today is the day! My original plan was to have the hearts cascading from the center out of an A2 size card front. 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 😦 So, I had to come up with something else.
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. Next came my favorite ink blending. I used Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. My Favorite Things Love die is one of my favorites. I die cut that out of the center, and attached my pink card front onto an A2 top folding card using foam tape. I just love the recessed look of the letters (unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show that very well.) The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders stamp set. The stamp actually has the word love at the beginning. I just wiped the Versamark ink off of the word love, so that I could have just “everything about you”. The greeting is white heat embossed onto black card stock. After trimming out the black piece, I thought that it seemed too wide and covered too much of the love die cut area. To get around that, I just fussy cut around it–perfect!!!
I’ve kind of been on a little creative slump lately. I always love making cards during the winter holidays, but that excitement always seems to leave around December 26th. Even Valentine’s Day doesn’t get my creative mojo fired up. That said, I just love it when I can get multiple cards using just one stamped image. 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. They are great for any kind of card. 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. 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). 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. This helped me stamp my greeting in the right spot. Using one of my new fav stamp sets, Pretty Pink Posh Everyday Greetings, I stamped my greeting within the lightly traced heart space. After erasing the heart outline, I adhered my stamped background onto my card base with dimensional tape. 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 Hearts embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I then die cut that piece using a Gina Marie Designs double stitched rectangle die. Using Altenew’s Halftone Happy die, I cut the beautiful script Happy out of silver metallic card stock. To finish the sentiment, I die cut a banner out of white card stock and stamped “anniversary” from Altenew’s Halftone Happy stamp set. I matted the white background piece with the same silver metallic card stock. All that was left was to simply glue it all together. Once again, the final touch was adding a few tiny pink hearts.