Heart Sentiments

Hello, and welcome to Heart Sentiments.

Throughout the year, or your life, there are times when sending a card to mark an event or share your feelings are so appropriate. Here at Heart Sentiments I understand that it’s all about what, and how you want to, say something. And I hope that the cards, projects and ideas you find on my site will help to reflect your style, values and personality in the cards you create.

If you’re not the creative type, feel free to contact me and share your vision, so that I might create it for you.

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Dashing Deer Luminary Tent Card

This month I participated in a card swap and this post will provide the measurements and details for this month’s swap card. All swaps were to be full cards with layers, using only current Stampin’Up! products, and highlighting items from the new Holiday Catalog. So I chose the Dashing Deer Bundle. Here are some photos taken in the dark to show how it looks with the tealight.

This card uses a 4 1/4″ x 11″ card base, scored at 3 1/2″ from one end, and 3 3/4″ from the other. I used thick Very Vanilla card stock. The Designer Series Paper I used is the Festive Farmhouse DSP which was cut to 4 1/8″ x 3 5/8″. Lining up the DSP and centering it on the center panel of the card base, and using the 2 3/4″ square die from the Stitched Shaped Framelits, the DSP and card base were run through the Big Shot together with a single back and forth pass. Vellum was cut to 4″ x 3 1/2″. Using snail (liquid Tombo will warp the vellum, so make sure to use a tape adhesive), layer the vellum piece between the card base and the DSP. Before stamping or adhering any die cut to the center panel vellum, you’ll want to orient the card, so the the smaller panel (the one scored at 3 1/2″) is your bottom panel. If you use a patterned paper that has a particular orientation, you will want to make sure to cut it and adhere it in the right orientation. Since I was using a plaid pattern paper, it wasn’t important to know top or bottom of the card until I was ready to stamp.

Since this is a tent card, you will need to stamp the top panel of the card so that it is in the correct orientation to be read when it is tented. See photo.

I used the Stamparatus to speed things along since I was making 16 cards. This also made it easy to stamp the garland at the top and the bottom of this panel by simply adjusting the stamping plate.

The other sentiment was placed on the other Stamparatus plate and stamped on the bottom inside of the card base.

The reindeer was die cut using a different pattern from the same DSP and the bundle die. This was glued to the center front panel with the Fine Tip Glue. Other options for adhering this would be to sponge tombo very lightly to the back of the die cut, or to use the Sizzix adhesive sheets.

The little flowers were die cut from the framelits and added with glue dots and finished off with gold pearls. These act as a stopper for the top panel when the card is tented.

I also stamped a circle from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to show where to place the tealight. See photo.

Since I was making so many cards, I found this was the best order for constructing this card: Cut bases and score (but don’t fold on the score lines until the end, after you add embellishments). Cut the DSP and vellum. Die cut the center panel and DSP. Stamp the top panel; I used makers for inking up the garland. Stamp the bottom panel. Then adhere the vellum sandwich and the reindeer. Stamp the circle, add enbellishments, and finally fold on the score lines.

I must say that I was quite happy with how this turned out. I love make luminary cards for Christmas or special occasions.

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Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Masking and sponging is one of my favorite techniques when making cards, although it can be a bit labor intensive, depending on how much sponging you’re doing. Now combine that with shadow stamping, and it is just so cool. This technique adds a lot of depth and texture to a single panel. I learned this technique from Theresa Momber, and thought the card she made was so pretty that I CASEd it, using similar colors but a different stamp. I will link to her card video here.

First I die cut the rectangle, and then before removing the die, sponge inside the frame die; and it leaves this nice white border around the sponging. Next, I stamped the image using the same color ink that I sponged with. In this case, it was Perfect Plum from Stampin’Up! Then I inked up the stamp again using Versamark, and stamped the image just slightly to the right and higher than the previous stamp. The stamp was covered with white embossing powder and heat set. The panel is backed with a rectangle of Elegant Eggplant card stock from Stampin’Up! and placed on a Perfect Plum card base.

To finish the card, I added a popped up banner, and a butterfly stamped in plum, punched out and covered with Wink of Stella.

 

 

I’m not sure why the colors of these two photos are so different, because they were taken in the same location, not many minutes apart. Probably the natural lighting changed in the meantime. I obviously need to take my photos under more controlled lighting. Some day!!!

 

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Winter Cards

Winter Cards

Before launching into Christmas cards next month, I decided to work my way into it, by starting with some wintery cards. Using up some retired designer series paper and a Memories & More card pack along with the Colorful Seasons stamp set, here are the card samples I made.

 

 

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Wood Textures DSP – Planked

Wood Textures DSP – Planked

Stampin’Up!’s Wood Textures DSP is pretty, but often times I am looking for more dimension than the paper alone provides. So, here  is how I tackle that in the descriptions and photos below.

Using a narrow black marker and white gel pen, I added more lines vertical to those already on the DSP. Then add horizontal lines to create planks. First, add the lines in black, then offset them slightly with the white gel pen.

 

When those are done, using the scorer on your trimmer or a scoring board, score each of the horizontal and vertical lines, creating planks.

 

Here is a close-up, showing the score lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, to add even more interest to the planks, I sponged various colors on the different “planks” creating a multi-colored wood plank background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are photo examples of two different sheets of the wood textures DSP. The top image in each photo is the original DSP and the lower one is the enhanced version I created with markers, scoring and sponging. I hope you like them.

 

 

 

I’ll update this post when I make cards using these background wood sheets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blank Card Sets

Blank Card Sets

Sometimes as card designers, we get hung up on every card having a message or sentiment on the front. Then I was playing with some old, but beautiful, patterned paper, and I realized that these cards just didn’t need any message. They are just beautiful alone, in their simplicity.

 

I hope you agree. A simple frame was die cut, and the floral panel added to it and popped up on fun foam. Did you know fun foam now comes with adhesive backing! Loving it!

And after cutting 5 panels from the 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper, there was enough left to decorate the envelope flaps, either on the inside or outside of the flaps.

 

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Delightfully Detailed

Delightfully Detailed

If you haven’t seen this beautiful laser cut specialty paper and the watercolor note cards that coordinate with this suite, you need to check these out. When I first saw the specialty paper, I knew I had to have it. And many of the designs are meant to be cut and layered directly onto the Delightfully Detailed note cards that measure 3 1/2″ x 5″ used in these samples as the measurements are the same.

 

Any of the designs will work perfectly as stencils too. So, you can ink a pattern onto one card with a brayer or sponge dauber (as I did in this A2 sample card on the left), and then use the inked specialty paper as a layer on another card base (note card shown to the right). I even made a couple of A2 size cards using this specialty paper, like the card below.

 

 

The laser cut patterns in these papers are so delicate that any woman would love to get a card made with this paper.

So that’s what I came up with my first day playing with these products.

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Diorama Wedding Card

Diorama Wedding Card

When asked if I would design a special wedding card for an acquaintance of my sister, I quickly agreed, before really knowing what she wanted. I guess I love a challenge! After a brief phone conversation and texts to learn more about this wedding taking place in a botanical garden, I followed up with a picture of a mock-up to make sure I was on the right track. The finished card had to include a silhouette of the bride and groom with their dogs.(This silhouette was also being used on the cake topper.)  I am happy to say that she loved it, and I was off to complete the project. So here it is.

The card front

On the front of the card I used an embossing folder from the SU Sale-a-bration catalog, along with some retired Irresistible Designer Series Paper. Two hearts were punched out, decorated, and popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and accompanying die. Some ribbon and flower dies complete the front of the card.

When you open the card, the Diorama pops open to reveal a wedding scene. The pop-out diorama panel was embossed with the SU Woodland embossing folder. The branches and some of the flowers were die cut from the Seasonal Layers thinlits, and others from the retired Botanical Blooms set. The scene in the background was stamped (from the Mediterranean Moments stamp set) on the inside front of the card before adhering the diorama panel to the inside. And lastly, the silhouette of the bride, groom and dogs, which I cut out using my sister’s Cricut Maker, was added by adhering it to a small square of card stock that was glued to the inside of the card base.

The inside top of card

 

Finally I would like to thank Frances Martin for this idea. She has a tutorial on making an A2 diorama, using a different embossing folder, but the process for making this 5″ x 6 1/2″ card is basically the same.

 

Special note, because the card size is larger than an A2 card, it would not fit through the Big Shot to be embossed. So, I took a large mallet to the embossing folder to emboss the panel. Another method, I learned about later, is to run a heavy rolling pin over the folder to emboss it. Even though it didn’t emboss as deeply as if it was run through the Big Shot, it was still deep enough for this project.

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Single Layer Cards

As someone always so inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s videos, I had to try her technique with making single layer cards. After stamping the focal image, you need to mask it, then stamp the sentiment repeatedly using different colors. By stamping and then masking the focal image, you can get almost the same look as if you had die cut the focal image and placed it on top. But it’s just one layer, uses less card stock and costs no extra to mail them

Here are a couple I started with:

 

The first card was the Party Panda, from this year’s Sale-a-bration catalog. He was easy to cut out and mask. Then, using my Stamparatus, I inked up the sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set with several different ink colors. I was able to make several on thick white card stock in minutes.

 

The second card uses a retired stamp set, called Best Thoughts. I pulled this set out because I already had a mask cut out for the flower. So, once I stamped the flower on the thick white card stock, and set my mask in place, it was just a matter of lining up the sentiment in my Stamparatus and inking away.

 

I find these to be quick, easy and inexpensive cards to make, and will be the perfect project for a small class to teaching how to use a stamp positioning tool.

 

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More of Beautiful Day Stamp Set

I tried some more techniques with this new set from the Occasions catalog. On my first card, I tried just blending the butterfly with the new Blends alcohol markers from Stampin’Up! and I have to say, when you look at the close-up, I need a bit more practice. But I will keep working at it.

 

 

For my next card, I tried smooshing with the dye inks and water on shimmery white card stock, using wisteria wonder and pear pizzazz inks from SU. After this card stock dried, the butterfly image was stamped on to it with versamark ink, covered with white embossing powder and heat embossed. Then the image was cut out and attached to a piece of vellum. The sentiment was also heat embossed by using clear embossing powder over SU rich razzleberry ink. Then attached to the card base stamped with the same image as background. Maybe not the best designed card with I really love how the smooshing turned out. I will be doing more with this technique.

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Beautiful Day Stamp Set

Beautiful Day Stamp Set

I’m enjoying this new stamp set from the Occasions catalog, and trying out different coloring techniques. Here are some of the cards I made.

The rose on this card was stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with the light and dark Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin Blends. The top half of the card was embossed using a rose embossing folder. A strip of old DSP was used to hide the transition. The sentiment is from the Eastern Palace stamp set, and black and white pearls were used as embellishments. The middle layer of black card stock carried the color theme from the front, and I used Rose Red card stock for the base, as it more matched the color of the rose after using some color lifter to highlight some of the petals.

 

This next card used a lot of the same technique for coloring the rose image. Wink of Stella was added, but it’s hard to see in this photo. Very Vanilla layer was stamped with the rose stamp in Rose Red ink, and placed on a black card base. Sentiment is from the same stamp set and black sequins were used as  embellishments.

 

 

In this butterfly card, I got to add the FREE thinlits I received during Sale-a-Bration. The Celebrate You dies were die cut in both black and white, layering one over the other. The butterfly was stamped in Memento Black ink on vellum and then colored with Stampin Blends Old Olive. The variation in color was achieved by coloring some of the wing segments on one or both sides. And then I used the

color lifter to add some circles to the lower wing segments. I think you can see them in this image. Also pulled in some old DSP for the top layer over heavy white card stock. Again using some black sequins.

On this last card I used some background layering, first with Just Rite Script Background stamp in Crumb Cake, then with the butterfly stamp inked in Smoky Slate  and stamped off. A little bit of sponging with Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake was added to knock the background back a bit. The butterfly image was heat embossed with silver embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock, so I could watercolor it, using Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette with an aqua painter brush. That image was fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate on heavy white card stock and layered onto Blushing Bride card stock.

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