…And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!
This is the card I made for my husband and I followed the design I learned from Cathie Allen.
LOTS of Pictures Alert!
I loved making this card.
TIP #1 – start with EXCLELLENT CARD STOCK – At Scrapfest Oshawa 2011 I discovered, thanks to Cathie Allen, this SUPER CARDSTOCK – it’s white, strong and beautiful!
I only used white cardstock – no patterned paper.
I started with a 12×12 sheet of white card stock and for the front of the card cut it to 6X6.
For the BACK of the card ( which will form the base of your easel) I cut longer because you have to allow at least one extra inch where your acetate piece will be attached.
So my base measures 6×7″
I chose a beautiful butterfly pattern acetate and this needs to be 6×6.
I covered all surfaces of the cardstock with inks, some chalk, some metallic paper and various patterned stamps.
– Select your sentiment – keep it short because you REALLY don’t want to have to be cutting out little nambly pambly letters, and LOTS of them.
i.e – JOY, LOVE, ME & U (YOU) —
-Select your chipboard letters – I didn’t make my letters from scratch because there is already enough cutting, pasting, assembling, etc to do! 🙂
You will trace your letters onto the cardstock. Remember that if you choose to mark your paper with pencil on the reverse side, place your letters BACKWARDS! — you’re welcome 🙂
Whatever shape of frame you choose, remember this important instruction: All the letters have to be attached to each other AND attached to the outer frame.
You can see that I added ‘tabs’ to certain letters ( like the ‘E’) because I couldn’t attach it directly to the frame.
|View from behind so you can see the acetate sheet which forms the easel.|
Very carefully cut out your letters.
|Stamp, ink, chalk all surfaces (before you cut) — I just find it easier.|
I used a pink and gray polka-dot pattern for the chipboard letters. Using gold embossing powder I covered most, but not all of the surface of the letters.
|Back of the card. I adhered the ribbon to the back and will cover it with a left over piece of stamped card stock (i.e 1″ x 6″ strip)|
|I ‘ran’ the ribbon through my ink to dye it pink|
|I started with cream ribbon and thought the pink would look better.|
|Affix the embossed letters to the front of your card.|
Cut whatever size of card stock for the inside sentiment and use thick pop dots to attach so you have a raised platform which will act as the ‘stopper’ for your easel.
I added a key embellishment to the front as a closure. You may just tie yours off in a bow – personal preferences, you know?! 🙂 I attached it with a brad I embossed with the same gold powder.
Embellish to your hearts content!
|Present your card tied, and make a custom envelope or box to enclose it.|
This card is also participating in the FaveCrafts “Love is in the Air” Blog Hop for January.
Check out all the excellent entries for this month for inspiration — If you would like to vote for my card and click ‘LIKE” – please do! If not, I will still be your friend 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,