Challenging Myself

By | January 27, 2017

First off, I want to give a big shout out to my mom who’s celebrating her birthday today!  Happy Birthday Mom and I love you!!!!

Now on to my card.  Last week, there was an amazing Artisan Blog Hop featuring the Sent With Love stamp set and Love Notes Framelits.  If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you might have noticed that I really like that bundle of products and have been using them a lot.

Well, one of the cards on the blog hop just blew me away.  It was designed by Martha Inchly, a demonstrator from Australia that I remembered from the old days of My Digital Studio.  (She was (is?) an amazing digital scrapbook page designer!)  Anyway, I loved the card so much that I decided to challenge myself to try to CASE it.

I’ve seen several cards on Pinterest that use the idea of layering multiple heart die cut strips.  But what I really loved about Martha’s design was that she used a multi-color watercolor background underneath the die cuts.  I thought the concept of the pure white die cuts over the bright watercolor background was just gorgeous.

For my card, I changed up the colors from Martha’s card to blues and greens so that it was very non-traditional.  I plan to give this card to my husband for Valentine’s Day, so I thought this color combination would work well for a masculine card.

My watercolor background is the exact same size as the layer of heart die cuts.  Now, I’ll be honest with you … I really didn’t plan that.  It just sort of happened.  I used three colors to watercolor the background, including Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, and Pacific Point.

To make the layer of die cuts, I cut some Whisper White cardstock measuring 5-1/4″ high and slightly longer than I eventually needed.  After cutting the first strip of hearts, I left the right section on my glass.  Then after removing the hearts from the die, I re-aligned that piece with the first, used a ruler to place the die cut straight for the second strip, and cut again.  I continued to cut, remove, and then re-align each piece, until I had five heart strips, plus the initial piece I cut off.

After cutting all the heart die cut pieces, I adhered all the strips onto the watercolor background, and then I used a Bone Folder to pop up all the hearts

The solid heart layers include die cuts from the Love Notes and Sweet and Sassy Framelits.  Finally, I added a Love Notes Embellishment as well.

I entitled this post “challenging myself” because I was a little intimidated to try this card in the first place.  It seemed like a lot could go wrong lining up all the pieces.  I have to admit that I had some trial and errors along the way, but I’m really happy I pushed myself to finish it, because I love the end result!

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