Paper Layering Heart Valentines

One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories is exchanging valentine cards with my grade school classmates. Once I got to junior high, I continued to exchange cards with my close friends. So when my seventh grade niece asked me to make her some special valentines for her friends, I knew that I wanted to use the DI162 Paper Layering Heart to create cards that could be easily duplicated.

Paper Layering Heart by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

I absolutely adore the Hero Arts DI162 Paper Layering Heart! When used with Hero Arts layering papers, which are white on one side, this “half” fancy die can be folded back to reveal a colorful, heart shape. For my card, I selected a piece of iris layering paper. I positioned the heart die on the white side of the paper, along a center line, and then ran the paper through my die cutting machine. When I removed the die and folded every other “half heart” to the right side of the paper, it revealed a stunning purple and white heart. So easy and so beautiful! To add more color to the heart, I layered it over a piece of pink paper.

Paper Layering Heart by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To easily attach these layers, I simply machine-stitched the G6071 Absolutely Awesome sentiment banner over the other two layers … the sentiment, the die cut heart, and the pink background panel. No adhesive was necessary! I love how easily this design can be modified by simply using different colors of Hero Arts layering papers and unique sentiment stamps. I wrapped the card with a yellow twine bow, and then, for a bit of cuteness, I added a single penguin from the DC165 Polar Set by Lia. And, because this is a valentine, I couldn’t resist stamping a single heart on his chest. It’s a tiny detail, but perfect for the occasion!

Paper Layering Heart by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

I made a second card with a few simple changes. This time, I die cut the DI162 Paper Layering Heart on the white side of red layering paper and backed the heart with a lavender paper panel. I embossed a sentiment from the CL867 Color Layering Butterflies stamp set and then colored and fussy-cut another adorable penguin. I love the thought that this penguin might be “fluttering” his flippers for his valentine.

Have you made your valentines yet? Wishing you a wonderful and crafty week!


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