Sunday, February 10, 2019

Happy ❤️ Day!

Good morning, everyone!  Amy Copeland here, guest designing.  Since it's almost Valentine's Day, I had to create a Valentine for my sweet husband.  I pulled together these products and the card came together relatively quickly--the most time-consuming part is the paper weaving, and even that doesn't take too terribly long.  :)


I took a picture of the paper weaving to give you a sense for how I do it (see below)--I started with this adorable 6 x 6 paper pad by MFT Stamps--Sweet Stack.  I used my paper trimmer to cut strips from every pattern in the paper pack, varying the widths.  I let the pattern be my guide for how wide to make the strips in some of the cases--on the teensy heart patterns, I made sure to include 2-3 full rows of hearts.  I cut two strips from each pattern.  Once I was finished cutting all of the strips, I picked out the patterns I wanted to include in the vertical row and laid them all next to each other with about 1 mm in between each one.  I then put a piece of low-tack tape across the top of my vertical strips to hold them in place while I did my weaving.  Purple Tape would be great for this.  I then took my first horizontal strip and weaved it over and under alternately in between my vertical strips, pushing it up to the top once I completed my weave.  I repeated this process with all of my horizontal strips.  Once I completed the entire pattern, I put another piece of low-tack tape across the bottom, pulled the entire panel up off my work surface, then flipped it over.  Don't worry, I fixed the bottom right corner and tucked the horizontal heart piece under the pink heart piece before doing the next step, I just didn't take a new picture. :)





I then dotted Liquid Glue onto the backside of all of my patterned paper strips--leaving the low-tack tape on for this step makes it easy.  Believe it or not, the panel is pretty sturdy at this point, especially with the tape-reinforced top and bottom edges.  Once the adhesive was applied, I stuck the whole panel down onto a piece of Lawn Fawn Moonstone Card Stock and let it dry.







The next step was cutting three pieces of white cardstock using a frame die like This One and gluing them together using the same liquid glue.  I then glued the stacked frames on top of my woven piece (that at this point is glued to the Moonstone cardstock) and used Scissors to trim the excess patterned paper/moonstone cardstock away from around the outside of the frame.







I created a card base using Lawn Fawn Ballet Slipper cardstock in a top-folding, A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) format and adhered my woven piece to the card base using the same liquid glue.  I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart Stackables die (the medium-sized heart) to cut a piece of vellum and set it aside while I worked on the sentiment.  I used my Lawn Fawn Scripty Love die (side note--even though this die has been out for a long time, I just recently bought it and have been using the heck out of it--I love it!) to cut out two die cuts using Lawn Fawn Chili Pepper cardstock and two out of white cardstock.  I glued all of them together (the two white die cuts on the bottom, the two red ones on top) using the Mono Multi.  I then brushed the top red die cut with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen--Clear Overlay and then topped it with a layer of Glossy Accents.  I set that aside to dry and then heat embossed my "Happy ❤️ Day" sentiment from Lawn Fawn Let's Toast onto a small strip of Chili Pepper cardstock using Lawn Fawn White Embossing Powder, VersaMark, Anti-Static Pouch, and a Heat Tool.  My sentiment strip looked a little dull next to the glossy, glittery "love" die cut, so I brushed a little sparkle inside the heart and then topped the sentiment strip with Glossy Accents as well.





Once the Glossy Accents were completely dry, I applied liquid glue to the back of the "Love" word and "Happy Heart Day" strip, adhered them to the vellum heart, flipped the heart over, applied glue to the back of the vellum.  I made sure to conceal my glue underneath the word die and sentiment strip.  Then I flipped the heart back over and adhered it to the woven panel.  I used a combination of Micro Glue Dots and liquid glue to adhere my jewels--the darker purple gems from the Sugar Plum Jewels Mix by Pretty Pink Posh.


That finishes up my card for today--thanks for joining me and I hope it inspires you to create your own.  :)


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