Monday, January 10, 2011

Be My Valentine

A' la carte stamps are a great way to add to your collection while saving money at the same time.  Be My Valentine is a new stamp offered in the Occasions Mini Catalog, and has such a nice, large design that it is all the stamping you need to make a really pretty card.

This week I will be posting cards that we will be making at my January Stamp-a-Stack, and because the request has been made for Valentine cards, and I don't like working with one color all of the time, I will be displaying cards in a variety of colors, that still say Happy Valentine's Day to me.  I hope you like them.

I used a lot of Cherry Cobbler for Christmas and it is one of my favorite colors.  I used it for the base of today's card.  The matte layer is Whisper White and it was embossed with the new Framed Tulips embossing folder.  The large heart stamp was first inked and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, and then reinked with Versa Mark ink and  heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  This adds a nice shine to the stamp.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement of the stamp.  I used all of my Cherry Cobbler seam binding with my Christmas cards and forgot to order more, so I used Whisper White Organza ribbon and dyed it with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Now, I could of made it darker by running the ribbon over the ink pad a few more times, but I liked the lighter color for this card. 

My Ribbon Dying Process:  When I dye my ribbon, I take a Stamping Sponge and hold one end of the ribbon in my fingers, place the sponge on top of the ribbon and run it over the ink pad until I get the amount of color I want.  Some people like to dye their ribbon by placing in it a container of the ink using an ink refill, but I found this was a lot less messy and easy for me.   Let it dry for a few minutes before placing it on your card, especially if you are tying it onto a lighter piece of cardstock.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669, Versa Mark #102283
Stamp Set:  Be My Valentine #122045 (Occasions Mini)
Ribbon:  Whisper White Organza #114319
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809, Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049

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