Thursday, January 24, 2013

Vintage Heart-Shaped Valentine

Do you love cards that are different? 
Shaped cards, square cards, easel cards, elongated cards - I love them all! 
What about you? 

Lately, I've been making a lot of 'different' cards and today I want to share one of my favorites with you.

I created this card for a Vintage swap I participated in during our Leadership Conference in Orlando. It uses lots of fun products from all across our catalogs - which just goes to show how versatile our stamps, inks and supplies really are!
My color combo is Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla.

The card itself is made with the largest of the Hearts Framelits Dies and my Big Shot. I also used one of that set to make the heart from the key patterned Designer Paper from the Fan Fair package.
The smaller scalloped heart is also from the Fan Fair Designer Paper, and it's cut out with the Hearts-A-Flutter Framelits Dies.

I used the Sweet Floral Background stamp to add some interest to the card front. Layers don't always have to be layers, but an illusion of one works just as well sometimes.

Everything on this card is sponged with Crumb Cake ink except for the ribbons, the embossed key, the doily and the Vanilla flower.  I added more texture by crumpling the blue paper heart then adding more sponging to the top. The hearts are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The doily element was done by cutting a Paper Doily in half and scrunch pleating it with my fingers. I held it together with one hand and sponged a bit of Primrose Petals ink on the lacy part. It's attached with SNAIL to the Riding Hood Red heart.

The banner was stamped with a greeting from Loving Thoughts in Primrose Petals on Very Vanilla. To cut it out, I simply used my Paper Snips and hand cut it, snipping the ends into flags with one of my square punches. It's attached with a few Glue Dots.
For you wonderful OCD stampers, this might be painful, but, when you curl it and wave it with your Bone Folder like I did here, you'll never be able to tell if it's not perfectly straight so my feeling is, why stress over it?

The little vanilla flower is from the Artisan Embellishment kit and is attached with a few more Glue Dots.

Lastly, the little key is from the Established Elegance stamp set and is stamped with Versamark on Basic Gray cardstock. I embossed it with Silver embossing powder then cut it out with my Paper Snips, using a small hand held hole punch to punch out the hole in the top. I tied a piece of Linen thread around it then adhered it to the banner with a Glue Dot.
The bow of Baja Breeze Seam Binding is adhered behind the key with Glue Dots and it appears that the key is tied to it.

Hope your day includes some plans to stamp! We have a snow day here, but I still have my Techniques class tonight, so I get to stamp all day!!

Happy creating everyone!

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