Roses for Mother’s Day

Roses for Mother’s Day

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This box card, designed to look like a dozen roses in a tall vase, was made with a cut file designed by Snapdragon Snippets called “Rose Bouquet Tall Valentine Box Card” (Design ID# 73758) that I purchased in the Silhouette Store and cut with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  An assembly tutorial is provided HERE.  The file contains Valentine’s Day elements for the front of the vase, but I decided to create this project as a Mother’s Day card instead.  I had to laugh – after receiving this card, my mother called to thank me and to tell me she loved the flowers (not card) I sent!  🙂

I created a few additional elements that were not included with the file I purchased (a solid piece to go behind all the leaf panels because the veins were open and you could see through the “holes” in each of the leaves and the white and light gray mats on the vase).

The bow was created with my We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board and my paper crimper.  (It was much easier to “roll” the card stock after it had been crimped; it kept bending and creasing on me when it was flat.)

The card stock and paper used was Gina K Cherry Red, Christmas Pine, white, gray from the Recollections “Coffee and Cream” heavy weight pack, green from the Recollections Christmas pack, American Crafts #368312 (polka dots), and The Paper Studio Silver Wedding Texture (#352070).

There is room on the back for a stamped or handwritten message.

Often, box cards fold flat and fit in regular envelopes making them easy to mail.  However, this card is quite tall (about 11.25 inches) and is about 7 inches wide when folded flat.  And it was suggested in the tutorial that foam tape or pop dots be used to separate the leaf layers from the bud layers to add a bit more dimension.  As a result, the size and thickness of this card necessitated a larger envelope (I used a padded mailer) and a trip to the post office for mailing.

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Water Colored Hearts

Water Colored Hearts

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(inside:  Happy Valentine’s Day)

I saw this patterned paper by American Crafts (#320318) and fell in love with it!  I matted it on Gina K Edible Eggplant and a white card base.  I added a piece of Offray Ribbon, squares of the Edible Eggplant and white card stock cut with dies from the “Stitched Squares” set by Gina Marie Designs, and a heart cut from a scrap of the patterned paper and the smallest heart from the “Nellie’s Choice Multi Frame, Hearts” die set by Ecstasy Crafts (#MF0060).  Quick and easy!

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Acetate Valentine’s Day Card

Acetate Valentine’s Day Card

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(Another card design using this holographic card stock…)

This card was fun to make but VERY hard to photograph!  The card base is acetate which practically disappears in the photo (or reflects everything!), and the holographic card stock on the front looks best in person as the light hits it at different angles.

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I stamped the swirl image from the “Beautiful Peacocksale-a-bration stamp set from Stampin’ Up (a free set with $50 purchase until March 31, 2018) onto the acetate with Cotton White Stazon ink.  (A quick note on stamping stazon on acetate – if you make a mistake and need to remove a stamped image or smudge, rubbing alcohol takes it right off.)

Once the stazon was dry, I layered Hot Off The Press “Hearts Red Holographic” card stock (HOTP-10448), Papertrey Ink White, and Gina K Edible Eggplant to create the center panel.  I used a Creative Memories punch for the heart.

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For the inside, I used the Hampton Art (SC0744) stamp and die set and Gina K Cherry Red ink.

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Holographic Heart Valentine

Holographic Heart Valentine

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(inside: Wishing you a happy day)

This 4 1/4 inch square card features the very cool “Hearts Red Holographic” card stock from Hot Off the Press (#HOTP – 10448).  When the card is moved, the centers of the hearts appear to get larger and smaller.

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The heart was cut with a die from the “Nellie’s Choice Multi Frame Dies, Hearts” set from Ecstasy Crafts.  The greeting was cut and stamped with a stamp and die set (no name given) from Hampton Art (#SC0744).  The inside sentiment is from the “Whimsical Wishes” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?).  I used my Scor-Buddy scoring board to create the debossed lines on the background panel.  Gina K Black Onyx ink and black and white card stock was also used.

I created a custom envelope for this card with my “123 Punch Board” by We R Memory Keepers.  I wanted my envelope to fit a 4 1/4 inch square card, and there was no card that size listed on the measurement guide so I came up with my own measurements: paper size – 7 5/16 inches; punch guide – 3 11/16 inches (halfway between the 3 5/8 and 3 3/4 inch marks on the guide).  Because it is square, this card would have required a trip to the post office for mailing.  To avoid this, I put my card and custom envelope inside an A7 sized envelope (for a 5×7 inch card).  Why two envelopes??  I did not want the holographic card stock to get scratched from moving around in a larger envelope, and I thought it just looked better with an envelope that fit the card!

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Brushstroke Valentine

Brushstroke Valentine

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(inside: Happy Valentin’e Day)

Did you ever see a card sample online and immediately realized that you just HAD to have the stamp used on it?  I had seen this heart stamp (from the “Stamp Your Story – Brush” set by Hero Arts) on several cards last year when I was looking for Valentine’s Day card ideas.

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I searched high and low and could not find the stamp set anywhere.  I finally gave up my search and came up with a different idea.  This year, I started looking at ideas again, and this same heart image popped up in my search!  I resumed my search for the stamp and eventually learned (from customer service at Hero Arts) that the stamp set had been discontinued and was extremely hard to find.  Just as I was about to give up… again…, a listing popped up deep into my Google search from a person in Ireland selling her used set, on a site I had never heard of before.  (It looked like it had been posted just a few days before I was ready to stop looking.)  Right place at the right time, I guess!  I am not quite sure what it is about this stamp that I love so much, but I am sooooo happy I found it!  🙂

I repeatedly stamped the hearts with Gina K Bubblegum ink on white card stock.  The greeting was cut from Gina K bubblegum card stock using the Fiskars Teresa Collins Love Punch.  I cut several of these die cuts and glued them together for added dimension.  The white panel was crimped using my Marvy Uchida Corru-Gator Paper Crimper.

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