Feel Good Cards, Friendship Cards, Love Cards

You Inspire Me | Trinity Stamps

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Hi there, I hope you had great weekend!

Today I’ve got a project that I shared over on Instagram last week.  It started as a focal point for an A2-sized card but as I got into it, I decided to turn it into a heart-shaped card.  I think it would also be cute to put into a small box frame to gift to a craft friend.  So many possibilities!

I started by creating an ink-blended rainbow on an A2-sized piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock using four Distress Inks (Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, and Seedless Preserves).  I used foam blending tools to blend on the red and yellow, overlapping them slightly to create a band of orange.  Then I added a strip of blue, blending it into the yellow to great a band of green.  Last, I blended in the purple, overlapping it a bit with the blue to create a darker blue.

Next, I stamped the A Crafter’s Heart stamp from Trinity Stamps over the panel in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.  I set aside the panel to let it dry since bristol smooth paper has a coating that lets inks sit on the surface of the paper for longer than regular cardstock.

I prepared the sentiment by using white Hero Arts embossing powder to heat emboss “You inspired me,” from the same stamp set, onto a strip of black cardstock.

When the panel was dry, I used the Nested Hearts die set to die cut it.  This four-piece die set comes with the dies connected.  Rather than cutting them apart, I ran my panel through my die cutting machine with the dies still connected. This gave me four pieces of my ink-blended heart.  I ran the dies through my machine five more times with scrap white cardstock so that I would have extra pieces to layer.

20200126_103255To assemble the card, I layered and adhered five of the largest white cardstock hearts together, and then adhered the rainbow die cut on top of it.  For the next smallest layer, I layered and adhered three of the white cardstock hearts, and again topped it off with the rainbow die cut.  The third smallest heart is one white cardstock layer and 1 rainbow layer.  And the center heart is just the rainbow layer.  I nested them together and then put scotch tape on the back to hold it all together.  I adhered the sentiment with foam tape.

Next I snipped the heart dies apart and used the largest die twice, on white cardstock.  I adhered one piece to the back of the rainbow piece. I scored the other piece about a half inch from the top of the heart so that I could create a card base.  I adhered the small area above the score line to the back of the rainbow piece and the score line became the fold, or hinge, of the card.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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