Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday!
It's been a relaxing weekend - although very cold today - 60 degrees! I think this might be an indication of what's to come for winter. Today's card is my submission for the stamping411.blogspot challenge number 114. It uses Stampin' Up's Sweet Centers set and Christmas Cocoa designer series paper. It's our anniversary coming up, so this got me to thinking about Anniversary cards :-)
I wanted to use the Sweet Centers set again. I like to try to show you the many ways that you can use the sets that I buy. As I've said before.... it's like my shoes..... I like to know that I'm going to get lots of wear and versatility out of them, and consider that on each pair that I buy. I do the same with my stamps. By now, you will have seen many great samples using the Sweet Centers set and the treat cups on other sites. They are cool - but I've been trying to show you different uses. I didn't want to use the sweet cups as the profiles are a too high for the look I wanted to achieve. However, if you have the sweet cups, you could easily take a short cut :-) You can see other examples where I have used Sweet Centers here.
In this case, I cut out the center of the heart and decided to make a shaker card. I also wanted to use the Christmas Cocoa designer series paper again. I love the fact that I can use it for cards other than Christmas cards. :-) Here's the recipe and then I'll tell you how I made the shaker card.
Ruby Red, Soft Suede. Jaydee tip 1: The red on the Christmas Cocoa DSP is meant to go with Real Red, but I find that this particular sheet looks fabulous with Ruby Red - and for this card I wanted a little softer red, so chose to go with Ruby red.
Ruby Red, Soft Suede (sentiment)
Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper, Red Riding Hood Ribbon
Jaydee tip 2: to make the shaker heart.
- First stamp the heart from the Sweet Centers set.
- Use a 1 3/4 punch to punch out the hole.
- Use a 2 inch punch to cut the circle in your background color (Ruby Red for this card)
- Cut a 2 inch piece of acetate of window sheet into a 2 inch circle and adhere to the back of the center of the heart. Jaydee tip 3: I gently rubbed my embossing buddy over the back of the acetate to stop the static. You can wash it in warm water... but to be honest, my embossing buddy is much easier :-) That way your paper fillers don't stick to the acetate and will actually move around :-)
- Next you need to give a little height to the back of your heart. I used the outside pieces that are left of my used Stampin' Dimensionals sheets. I never throw them away. I cut lengths of about 1 inch and removed the backing from one side. I then gently inched the piece of SD around the circle pressing the bottom of of the SD to the backing circle for my heart. I did this until I had gone round the inside of the circle all the way around. I then repeated this (because I wanted to make it higher.) This left me with an enclosure (wall) that was big enough to take my hearts
- I took my Heart to Heart punch and used scrap pieces of the Christmas Cocoa DSP, and Ruby Red card stock. I used just the small heart in the punch. To make the Ruby Red hearts sparkle, I "painted" each of the hearts with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. Took me a couple of minutes to do that and let them dry, but gave just a hint of bling.
- Jaydee tip 4: using the scrap pieces from the same DSP that you are using for the hearts (or flowers - or whatever you are filling your shaker with) - helps tie the card together.
- Once the hearts were punched and dry, I carefully placed them in the enclosure and then gently pressed the heart on top of the Stampin Dimensional wall I had created. It's essential to make sure your "wall" goes all the way around so that you don't lose the hearts when it's shaken.
- Last step..... use a couple of pieces of sticky strip on the back of the heart and press gently into place
It's really simple and didn't take me more than 10 minutes from starting the shaker piece to having the heart finished. All that was left was to wrap the ribbon, assemble the card, attach the photo corner's punch cutouts, the sentiment and you are done! I used the same paper for the photo corner punch..... - that meant that all elements of the card tied together. Additionally, the ivory edge of the ribbon echoed the ivory of the torn paper. I was really pleased with it. :-) There's a lot going on in the card when you break it down, but it still has that clean and simple feel that I like.
I hope you have a fabulous Sunday night and a great start to your week tomorrow. Thank you so much for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere. Your visit is ALWAYS appreciated. If this is your first visit, I hope you will come back again.
If you have any questions on the card and how I made it, either leave a comment or send me an email. I'd be very happy to answer your questions.
Peace and hugs