Last week I enjoyed the company of 14 Valentine Defined stamp set enthusiasts in my "Whole Shebang" class (they get the projects and the stamp set — thus, The Whole Shebang!" Ha!) . I thought I’d share a couple of projects each day over the next few days to celebrate our upcoming day of love on Monday!
The following card was inspired by a swap I received from my friend Linda Heller. In her sample, she had used the Love Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the current Occasions Mini catalog. I used Love Letter DSP from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog that I had on hand instead because I liked the romantic feel it gave this more playful stamp set.
While this card looks complicated, it’s really not. Here’s what you’ve gotta do:
- Cut three 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" pieces of red card stock and score it down the middle (4 1/4 " side) at 2 1/8" .
- Cut four 2 x 5 3/8 pieces of different DSP designs. (Linda Heller’s card actually had six pieces. I chose to leave two of the 2 1/8 panels blank for the "back" of the card for writing a sentiment.) Attach the DSP pieces leaving about 1/8" borders of red showing on all four quadrants.
- Flatten all three DSP-covered sheets and stack them together on top of the Movers and Shapers die with the heart shape from the Punched Windows dies set centered on the die. Run it through the Big Shot all together so that when they are removed, all the hearts will line up.
- Glue two of the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" DSP covered pieces together only at the 2 1/8" quadrants. Glue on the Linen Thread piece and the three tiny punched out red glitter paper hearts that had been folded in center and glued together with the thread in the center. Then glue on the last blank 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" piece to form the trifold stand card. Add the punched greeting and 1 3/8" white circle and 1 3/4 Scallop glitter punched circle flamingo elements to complete the card.
This next class project was also a hit. An adorable desktop Post-It Note holder that was a cinch to make! Everyone was surprised at how quick and easy it was! I got this idea in a Leadership swap last month from Carol Payne. It’s a great lil’ token for coworkers on Monday, don’t you think?
- Cut two Basic Black card stock pieces 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 and 2 1/4 x 2 1/4.
- Fold the 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 in half to make it a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 mini card. Fold one of the the 2 1/4 inch flaps in to the center line to create two 1 1/8 quadrants.
- Glue the 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 square to the top folded-in 1 1/8 quadrant you just folded in to the center.
- Glue on the 1 1/2 x 2 inch post it note to hold this flap in the shown angled position.
- Decorate the 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 square with a white small oval punched piece of card stock that had been stamped with the "Love" greeting and the red glittered heart. The original had used the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit but I wanted to expedite the class a bit so I gave them the Extra-Large Full Heart punch instead.
- A pretty Pearl Jewel addition to the center of the letter "O" in "Love" was a perfect touch to complete the project.
Hope this inspires some weekend fun for your Valentines. Happy crafting!