Do you remember when I posted some really simple cards to make quickly for Valentine’s Day? The link is here if you’d like a refresher. But what I’m going to share today are examples of how I kicked this card up a notch. I discovered that I still had a day or two to get cards out in time for the big day. So why not?
A Bit of a Different Take on the Strips
My original card, which you’ll see again in a moment, I laid the three strips of the From My Heart paper onto a background layer. For today’s card, I also laid out three strips, though they’re different from the first card’s and directly onto the card base.
Stepping It Up!
While the strips of paper themselves make a fun little card, adding something to them really makes them pop. For this project, I created a central heart element. I used a Real Red Heart Doily for the base of the card. Then I added a heart punched using one of the punches from the Heart Punch Pack and the large hearts in the paper set. Finally, using Real Red Ink, I stamped a small heart from the Heartfelt Stamp Set in the middle of the punched heart. I used some Stampin’ Dimensionals to lift the heart element off the card base. Voilà, I have a stepped-up card!
Here is the card that I showed in my first post about these cards. I made the very same heart element and popped it onto the card. Another stepped-up card! But this time I also thought to use the same heart stamp to stamp my envelope. So I went back and stamped ALL my Valentine card envelopes.
The “From My Heart Suite”
At this point, I am so glad that I bought most of the products in the From My Heart suite when it first came out. I especially like the Bundle of the Stamp Set and Heart Punch Pack (10% off!). I think Stampin’ Up! has been making it a lot easier to coordinate their products by adding ribbons, embellishments, and tools to the stamps and papers to show how well all their products coordinate so well. I know that quite a few of my own customers have noticed that and have been buying, if not a whole suite, then lots of the suite products. I hope you’re noticing that, too.