Heart-y Hello Cards
Do you enjoy making and sending cards with hearts? To me, including a heart on a card is the simplest way to express that you are thinking of someone. So when I thought about making a few heart cards for the current Stay Crafty Challenge, I immediately knew that I'd use the beautiful, heart-filled background stamp from the All My Heart Peek-A-Boo Parts stamp set.
For my first card, I stamped the heart background onto a panel of Lavender cardstock with Thistle ink. When creating a monochromatic background, one of my favorite techniques is to restamp the image with Clear Embossing & Watermark ink and then apply Clear Embossing Powder. It’s an extra detail that adds wonderful texture and shine to the card. After trimming one corner of the panel with a corner rounder, I secured the panel, at an angle, to a Dove White Top Folded Card. After trimming the excess panel from the card edges, I rounded the card’s corners. Keeping the heart challenge in mind, I used a foam applicator to blend Taffy, Thistle, and Grape Slush inks onto a piece of Dove White cardstock. Then, I used one of the Nesting Heart Infinity Dies to cut a medium-sized heart that I secured to the card with foam tape.
Next, I stamped and embossed a small hello sentiment from the Hero Florals Tulips set onto a strip of Pitch Black cardstock. I rounded the upper corners and secured it to the card along the edge of the heart panel. Then, I stamped an adorable octopus and three small starfish from the Need a Hand set onto white cardstock with Intens-ified Black ink. After coloring the images with markers, I used the coordinating Need A Hand Frame Cuts to easily trim around each one. I cut two additional octopus shapes from white cardstock that I secured together with Precision Glue for extra dimension. After securing the images to the card with adhesive, I used the Surprise Gift set and coordinating die to add one final, tiny heart embellishment on the octopus. Now, when I need a card or a valentine, I’ll simply stamp an appropriate message on the inside.
While my supplies were out, I made a second, similar card. This time, I stamped the heart background onto a panel of Periwinkle cardstock with Splash ink. When I secured the panel to the card, I positioned it along the upper edge for a slightly different look. For more variety, I inked the die cut heart with Creamsicle and Lemon Drop inks.
The other changes that I made to my second card were that I added a sentiment to the die cut heart and I used a different image for my focal point. Since the blue heart background reminds me of water bubbles, I stamped and colored a deep sea diver from the Deeply in Love set and then used the Deeply in Love Frame Cuts to trim around the image. And, because the diver image is small, I had space to stamp a fun, hello sentiment from the Need A Hand set onto the heart with black ink.
Whether you create a heart background, a heart die cut, a heart embellishment, or something entirely different, I hope that you’re inspired to create a few cards and to enter them in the current card challenge.
We’d love to see the creative ways that you make cards with hearts. There’s still plenty of time to join the challenge. Entries can be submitted until Thursday, February 4th at 5:00 pm PT to be eligible for the $50 gift certificate giveaway.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing you a wonderful, crafty day!
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