Sunday, February 05, 2012

Three "heart" cards

I'm posting three cards for this week's CAS Challenge (CAS156) - Theme - Hearts.  The first one uses a couple of clear stamps that I got as a gift a few years ago.  I have a tip for using clear stamps as I find some of them (not all) do not take an even coating of ink and I end up with partial images.  Ink clear stamp with VersaMark first (this makes it a bit "sticky") and then the colored ink will coat the stamp better - at least it works for me.  Hope it works for you too.

"Love, Love, Love"

Stamps:  I {heart} Hearts (SU!); pots and stems (unknown)
Paper:  Real Red, Naturals White, Real Red DP (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive, Real Red, VersaMark (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  3/8" stitched red ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sticky strips, glue dot and adhesives 

I cut a strip of Naturals White cardstock (2 1/4" x 4 1/4").  I made a light pencil line at the mid point (2 1/8") and a light pencil mark 1/4" from the bottom.  I inked my three pot stamp (with VersaMark first) with Early Espresso and stamped along the bottom line, making sure it was centered.  I inked the stem stamp with Old Olive and stamped it three times (re-inking each time).  I inked the smallest heart stamp from the I {heart} Hearts stamp set and used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamping it at the top of each stem.  I framed the strip with Real Red cardstock.

I mounted a full card front of Real Red DP (polka-dot) onto a card front of Real Red cardstock.  I wrapped the stitched ribbon around the top and tied a knot off to one side.  I used a glue dot to secure the knot in place.  I mounted the card front onto a card base of Real Red cardstock.  The reason I mounted the DP on a card front instead of a card base was I wanted the ribbon to be secured between the layers, but you could certainly just mount onto a card base and then the ribbon would also be on the inside of your card.

I mounted the framed main image onto the bottom of the card.


The second card uses the paper piecing technique (I do love this technique!).  Borrowed a stamp from my friend Kelly ... perfect for this technique.  And I used some retired Valentine's Day paper called "Sending Love" - just love the dark brown and pink combination!  Hope you like.

"Hearts on a Ribbon"

Stamps:  Hearts on a Ribbon (Kathy Davis Collection - Inkadinkado); Short & Sweet (SU!)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, Sending Love DP (retired) (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Tombow glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig, and adhesives 

I stamped the image in Early Espresso ink onto a card front of Whisper White.  I stamped the image again onto two different Sending Love DPs.  I cut out the hearts from the DPs and glued them onto my card front.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement and stamped my sentiment in Early Espresso ink.
I mounted the card front onto a card base of Early Espresso.


One more ... I know, I know - I'm a little obsessed :)

This one has very little stamping - just the sentiment.  I'm giving this card to my hubby for our upcoming anniversary (33 years!).  Hope you like.

"Happy Anniversary"

Stamps:  Short & Sweet (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)
Ink:  VersaMark (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  20 gauge wire, needle-nose pliers, tin snips, white embossing powder, heat tool, Tombow glue, and adhesives

I cut two  six" pieces of wire.  I used my needle-nose pliers to bend the wire into a heart and cut off the excess with the tin snips.  I repeated and made a second heart.  I dry-fit the hearts onto the Basic Black card front just to decide where they would be and determine the placement for my sentiment.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the sentiment in VersaMark.  I embossed the sentiment in white.

I mounted the card front onto a full card front of Whisper White and then mounted the whole thing onto a card base of Basic Black (the black card base is for stability - I find the Whisper White cardstock isn't sturdy enough for a card base).

I used Tombow glue to add a few tiny dots of glue to the backs of the wire hearts and then mounted them onto the card front.  


Sandy from Ukiah said...

What an elegant card.. your hubby will love it.

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