I’ve got an adorable, if I do say so myself, set of tags over at A Blog Named Hero today. Go check it out, I bet you laugh.
I needed to make a Valentine’s Day card for my husband. We have a “tradition” for cards for Valentine’s and our anniversary, where I make a card, write it out to him, and then he writes back in it to me. I know, goofy, But I love it. So I like to keep them simple, and easy to write in on the inside. So nothing super dimensional on the front so the inside front isn’t lumpy.
I used my stash of bamboo felt and die cut two hearts each out of three colors. I figured out where they’d go on the front of the card and then stamped my sentiment beneath. Wow, that Perfectly Penned stamp set is very forgiving. I think I might be in love with it! I used versafine ink and then clear embossed over it; I figured this would help me cover up any mistakes I might have made.
Once the sentiment was finished I adhered the same color felt hearts to each other, on one side of the center, using a glue dot. Then I used another glue dot on the bottom, also to one side of the center, to adhere it to the kraft card stock. This was to keep them in place for sewing. Which is not my forte. Ahem. Let’s just say that there is a lot of muttering when it comes to me and sewing machines. And that’s just to get it threaded. Ahem ahem.
Sewed the hearts on, and removed the glue dots. I had planned to puff the hearts up with either some foam or a 3d glue dot, but after all the futzing I did with them, they were more than happy to just stick up on their own. I then used some foam tape to adhere the card front to a card base that I had stamped with the Barnwood background stamp.
And that’s my card. I love it. And it was simple enough where if you need to make multiples for kids or relatives, it would be very easy to do so.
I hope you have a month full of Love. Let’s just go big, a lifetime full of love. 🙂
I’ve got a pretty card over at Where Creativity Meets C9 today. I liked the front so much I didn’t even add a sentiment. Ha!
This month we are collaborating with Right at Home stamps at A Blog Named Hero. And having so much fun. We got to play with some new stamp sets, and they’re right up my alley. Or should I say coffee cup? I needed to give some people gift cards for the local coffee shop, and this set was just perfect for it. I ended up making four, so I’ll have an extra for future use.
It might be a bit hard to tell, but I have that coffee cup up on some foam adhesive for dimension. I was very excited to paper piece that cup, it’s just darling. And I can see me repeating that almost every time I use this set.
Some easy die cutting for the frames, and these cards basically put themselves together. My favorite sort of card.
I have a feeling that I’ll be copying myself and this design for future gift card cards. Holidays, birthdays, I should make a bunch of these to have around. And they’re a great way to use scraps of both card stock and patterned paper.
I hope you’ll join us for this challenge. Try something new to you for our January challenge! One random entry will win a prize from our January collaborating company, Right at Home stamps!
We are collaborating with Right at Home stamps this month at A Blog Named Hero. I’d love for you to take a look.
The first new thing for my card is the stamp set! Have you seen the new release from Concord & 9th? It’s fantastic, as always. And requires a thorough browsing. 🙂 This set is called Best Banners. And it is awesome. So many things you can do with it, and the coordinating dies? To die for. Get it? I can tell that I’ll be reaching for these dies over and over.
For this card I used two of the banner stamps, and created a repeating background pattern, using some different colored inks. Easy, and somewhat meditative, at least for me. Then I cut the banner out of black card stock three times. Adhered those to each other, covered with some glitter marker, and then a layer of glossy accents, to finish it off.
Now, here’s the second “Try Something New” part of this card. I knew that I wanted to use a piece of vellum on this, and I needed to use vellum for two reasons. One, is that I wanted to get the rest of the sentiment somewhere on the card without distracting from that background. And two, ahem, is that I might have had a little ink boo boo from when I was positioning those banner stamps in the background. Okay, I did have an ink boo boo. It’s directly underneath the loop in the “b”. Can you see it? Nope, I didn’t think so.
How would I get the vellum to stick to the card base? That is the million dollar question in our hobby, and I had an idea.
I cut another banner from black card stock, after I applied Stick-it adhesive to both sides of the card stock. This would give me a banner with adhesive on both the front and back of the die cut.
Here’s what I did:
- Stamped the rest of the sentiment onto the vellum with black versafine ink and then used clear embossing powder on it, to make sure it didn’t smear on the vellum.
- Adhered the layered die cut in place on the vellum with Ranger matte medium.
- Turned this piece of vellum over and then removed the front adhesive from the front of that additional die cut.
- Placed that onto the back of the vellum directly over the already placed die cut.
- Removed the adhesive from the back of the die cut and adhered to the card front!
I’ve got an easy card up over at Where Creativity Meets C9 today. Come see how I messed it up. 🙂
It’s time for our new challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9, and this month it’s all about Winter. Which I love. And since I live in the desert, our winter comes across in a very subtle way. Chilly nights. Cool breezes. It’s really the reason we all put up with the summer heat.
I translated that into cool blue cardstock and embossed vellum. No snow flakes for this girl!
I stamped and embossed the large flower from Hello Lovely a few times onto some vellum cardstock. Then I just fussy cut around most of the individual elements, and started layering them onto the same image, which I’d embossed onto some colored cardstock. I’m not a naturally enthusiastic fussy cutter, but this was a bit therapeutic today, and wasn’t so bad.
I used glue dots to adhere the bits and pieces to the cardstock, and on the pieces that are long and delicate, I left a bit of a “tail” so that I could use that area for the adhesive, and then tuck it under the main floral image.
A simple embossed sentiment from the new Kindhearted stamp set, and then some sequins, and this card is complete. It’s simple, yet fussy. Sort of like someone I know.