Acetate Valentine’s Day Card

Acetate Valentine’s Day Card


(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.


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


(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 (or the light source in this case), 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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Love Is…

Love Is…

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The Die-Namites Inspiration Challenge this month is to create any project using love as the theme, and “as love is in the air, anything goes.”  Below is the inspiration photo for this challenge; I used the word “LOVE” on my project.

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To participate in their challenge you need to use any die cut from Die-Namites and let it be the STAR of your design. You can use this combined with any colors, shapes, patrons, pattern papers, stamps, paints, stencils, etc.  (There is a required minimum of 9 different participants or entries on the challenge which was not met this month so there will be no prize given nor “Top 3 Favorites” chosen.)

I was not familiar with this challenge blog before Verna mentioned it in her blog post, nor did I own any of their dies.  I purchased the Flower Scroll die last week so I could participate in this challenge and have enjoyed playing with it the past few days. I created another 6×6 card using this die.

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This card is also being entered in the “February Release Party Challenge – Mixing Patterns” on stamptv where we are to use at least two different patterned papers and a stamp from Gina K Designs.  You can check out the gallery of cards HERE.

The stamp I used is called “Love Is” (an incentive stamp in Jan. 2015) by Gina K Designs and was stamped with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.


I used two sheets of patterned paper from the “French Kiss” 6″ paper pack by Glitz.  Gina K Charcoal Brown was used for the mats and card base.  Since this card was too big to create the base by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper in half, I needed to create the card base with two panels that I adhered together.  (The front panel was slightly longer and was folded over the top of the back panel.  If you turn the card over, you can see the seam.)

The panels on which the floral die cut (and its “shadow”) are attached were cut using a die from the Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight set.  I cut a panel of vellum using a die from the Spellbinders Labels Eight set and placed it under the floral die cuts to soften the background a touch to make it easier to see the flowers.  I used the same die from the Labels Eight set for the stamped panel and its shadow piece.

Adhering vellum to your project can be tricky because most types of adhesive can be seen through the vellum.  However, I discovered that applying Stick It to the back of the vellum before it is cut (so the adhesive covers the entire die cut) eliminates this problem.  (Stick It is great for adhering intricate dies to your project as well.  Check out this video to see how it works.)

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Coastal Quilt Valentine’s Day Card

Coastal Quilt Valentine’s Day Card

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Coastal style decor is a loose term to describe airy and casual seaside-style interiors and sea- and beach-inspired decorative elements. Think seashells, sand, nautical stripes and weathered wood (from the Style at Home’s design dictionary).  I used these elements and colors on my Valentine’s Day card (5×7).

The quilt was made using a die called “Quilt Stitched 4×4 Panel Die #1” by Gina Marie Designs and with digital paper I purchased from Etsy.  The kraft colored paper with the hearts is from a set called “Old Paper Love” by DigiTalesArt, and the shell and turquoise papers are from the “Coastal Cottage Papers 1” set by Tammy DeYoung Designs from the songinmyheart shop.  I used the dropper tool from my Silhouette software to create the solid colored sheets by “picking up” spots of colors from the patterns.

The hearts in the center of the quilt were cut with the “Nesting Hearts (#100384)”  dies by Little B.  The nautical elements were cut from dies from the “Nautical Frame and Accents (S5-082)” set by Spellbinders.

The greeting is a stamp from the “Gifts from the Sea” set by Gina K Designs and was stamped with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.  A little twist of twine finished it off.

For this week’s “From the Heart” Mod Squad Challenge, we are encouraged to create a project using hearts.  I was excited when I found the kraft colored digital paper with the hearts because it looked like sand and went perfectly with the colors from the other set.  I particularly loved the hearts with the “rays” around them; they looked like little suns to me!

The MIUM Challenge over at StampTV this week is to use Kraft cardstock somewhere on our project.  Check out the gallery of projects submitted HERE.

Over at Die Cut Diva’s, the challenge this month is “Love, Marriage & Anniversaries.”  A die cut or file cut made on your machine (not store bought) must be used on your project or card.

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