Hello! It’s Laura here with you today, and I’ve got some cute, heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cards I made using the Avery Elle Embellished Hearts Die, as well as lots of other stamps from my stash! After I made a few, I thought these were just so cute so I just kept making more and more! Now I’m in the process of making more using some painted cardstock my three-year-old daughter did and I’m going to cut them out so she can pass them out to her classmates in playschool. As of the time of the post, I haven’t gotten pictures of my daughter’s finished cards but I’ll be sure to post them over in our Facebook group, The Little Paper Treehouse as soon as I get a chance!
Let’s go ahead and get started with today’s cards.
As you can see, I’ve got several designs to share with you today. While there will be lots of information, that’s only because I mixed and matched quite a few stamp sets from my stash and once I got going, I just couldn’t stop making! I used the same, simple method for all of the cards above. So, go dust off your embossing mat because it’s going to be put to good use today!
First I’ll explain how to create the simple, one panel card. When I first saw the Avery Elle Embellished Heart Die, it just brought me back to the valentine’s we would make in grade school (a long time ago!) This die (when used as intended) actually cuts out the heart in the center and leaves that lovely scalloped cuts on the panel. It’s a fab design because you can use that to create a variety of shaker or other dimensional technique cards. But for what I envisioned, I wanted the scallop pattern to be cut out with the inner heart, and I needed the inner heart to not cut out of center. I wanted to create a solid, scalloped heart cut out on which to add images and love notes! So, to do this, I simply ran the die through my Cuttlebug making sure my embossing pad was placed directly under my card. The result is all of the cut lines are turned into embossed imprint leaving you with a lovely scalloped pattern inner heart outline still attached to the card. I took my trusty micro-tip scissors and easily cut around the outside scallop to give me a quick, one-panel scalloped-heart Valentine. Easy-peasy! I wasn’t too finicky with the cutting and got them all cut out while watching an episode of Real Housewives. 🙈 I’ll get to what I “topped” each heart with in just a moment.
Let me explain real quick how to make the folded, notecard versions. I used the same process as described above, but with one small difference. Before I ran it through my die machine (to emboss it), I folded a piece of card sized (about) 8.5” x 4.5” – or enough to cover the full height and 2x the width of the die. Next, place the die face down on the card (still with the embossing pad under the card) along the folded edge. You want most of the die on the card but you’ll want to put the die down so just a small bit is hanging off the folded edge. Then run it through your die machine as if you were embossing the single card above. This will give you about a 1.5” hinge for your notecard to fold. Now, you just cut around the embossed scalloped edge again (as you did above) whilst the card is still folded over. Just make sure you don’t cut into the small folded section to keep the card front and back hinged together.
Now I’ll give a quick rundown on what I added to each card. I used a variety of stamps and dies available from The Little Paper Tree. Don’t forget to use code TLPTLAURA10 for 10% off your crafty purchases!
The “love you” dies are actually some adorable little dies included in the Embellished Heart Die set and I just had to use them them! Isn’t that scripty “you” just gorgeous? I even laid them out in the same design they came attached inside the heart. To add a little extra love I used a small heart die cut in place of the “O” in “LOVE.” I cut the heart from a piece of hot pink card I had covered in Scor Tape then doused in Nuvo Pure Sheen Ice White Glitter. I burnished it into the super sticky tape and made my own glitter paper. WARNING: Making my own glitter paper was hands-down the messiest project I’ve done. EVER. Don’t say you haven’t been warned! I also added Nuvo Crystal Drops around the scalloped edge and Black & White Baker’s Twine to give it a bit more interest.
You probably remember these cute cacti from my last post. For these two cards I stamped a the images from Avery Elle’s Stuck on You Stamp. I used Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with Copic Markers. I cut around them then adhered to the card panel using 3M Foam Tape. I stamped the “free hugs” sentiment onto pink card and trimmed around it to make a flag. I also used a fine liner to add an exclamation point. For the other card, I stamped the sentiment onto a pink heart die cut. I added it, and other heart die cuts, with Tombow. I also tied a bit of Baker’s Twine around the folded edge.
For this card I used a stamping tool to stamp a sentiment from Avery Elle’s Loved & Admired Stamp Set. White ink can sometimes get quite light so I wanted to be able to double stamp it to ensure it was a nice and bright white. Then I cut out an X and O from Concord & 9th Double-Cut Alphabet Dies, and added them, along with some more heart die cuts to the front. I also added white Crystal Drops around the edge.
This next one was so much fun and I just LOVE how it turned out. First, I stamped the dots over the front of the folded panel using Versafine Onyx Black. I filled in some of the gaps with a small star/flower kind of stamp using pink and red Distress Inks. Then I ran my card through the die machine and embossed/cut out as before. I added XOXO using Concord & 9th’s Double-Cut Alphabet Dies and glued them down using Tombow. To create some interest, I have three layers of the pink solid letters and just the one of the red, outline layer. I also added heart die cuts and baker’s twine.
I used my stamping tool to first stamp the cake image from Catherine Pooler Designs Woohoo Stamp onto Kraft Card. A lot of dye inks will absorb into Kraft paper and get dull (sometimes to the point you can’t even see the color anymore.) To keep my images bright, I first stamped the image using a white pigment ink to give my inks a brighter surface allowing the image to look for clear and true to color. Having a stamping tool makes this quick and easy to do because you know you’ll stamp the second/third impressions in the exact place. For the sentiment, I used my stamping tool again because I wanted to make sure it was dark enough with the pink ink on the light pink card. I used CPD Be Mine ink and love that color SO much. On the folded version (on the top/left) I also added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White around the edge and tied a bit of the baker’s twine around the fold. For the single panel version (bottom/right) I added a few glitter hearts from my homemade glitter paper and a little bow made from hot pink baker’s twine.
And that’s it for me today. I hope you got a bit of inspiration on stretching your supplies by using them in different ways, and combining your stash to make some fun and easy valentines or to stick in your child’s lunch box. I learned that there’s actually a lot more I can do with my daughter to foster her love of being creative and perhaps she’ll love cardmaking as much as I do! Now my brain is spinning on various ways to include cardmaking (and my stash) into our art projects so stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by…and see Y’all next time! xo
WANT TO FIND THESE SUPPLIES:
Avery Elle Stuck on You Stamp and Die
Avery Elle Loved & Admired Stamp
Catherine Pooler Designs Woohoo Stamp
Avery Elle Embellished Heart Die
Concord & 9th Double-Cut Alphabet Die
Lawn Fawn Five Hearts Die
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Catherine Pooler Designs Be Mine Ink
Lawn Fawn Yeti White Pigment Ink
Neenah Solar White Card
Bazzill Kraft Card
American Crafts Jewel Paper Pad Red, Plum Card
American Crafts Primaries Pink Card
Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Gloss & Wisteria Purple
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive
3M Foam Tape
Be Creative Scor Tape
Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Tim Holtz Mini Snips Scissors
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks
Cricut Cuttlebug & C Plate
Memory Box Metal Adaptor
Precision Fine Liner
Copic Sketch Markers in RV29, RV27, RV24, G17, G14, G12, RV13, RV11, RV000