Straight From The Heart

Straight From The Heart

Hi there,

I am back again with two more card designs using a die from the fabulous new Ink To Paper release. These designs used the From The Heart frame die. This die features a beautifully intricate and lacy heart and vine design.

 

The cool thing about these designs is that it uses a full-sized card frame die. So much of the work was done when I cut out the frame. To get started, I cut out three of the “From The Heart” frame from Neenah 110lb. card stock.

Hint: This is a detailed and delicate design so when I cut it out I used the Sizzix Chrome Precious Base Plate in my Big Shot die cutting machine. This plate is specially designed for intricate dies. If you don’t have one, but have a metal plate, I would recommend using that to aid in the cutting.

With the lovely frame and vine designs cut out, I took one set and separated the center viney heart and lightly colored it with Papertrey Ink’s Ocean Tides ink, using a small blending brush. At the same time, I colored all the viney areas on the design, leaving the border and the center heart white. Next, I lightly colored the small hearts with Papertrey Ink’s Hibiscus Burst and a bit of Scarlet Jewel ink.

Since the heart frame is so much of the design, I started assembling this card early by cutting a slightly larger panel of Pale Rose card stock and glued the intricate frame on top, piecing the white center heart and vine heart in place too. Next, I mounted the whole thing onto a slightly large white card base.

Next, I cut out a medium-sized heart from Ink To Paper’s All About You die set and colored it with the same Hibiscus Burst and Scarlet Jewel ink. I also cut out the word “Love” from Neenah white card stock, using Ink To Paper’s To Die For Sentiments: Love die set. The word “Love” was then colored in an ombre fashion by first coloring the whole thing with Hibiscus Burst, then Scarlet Jewel in the center and a little Pure Poppy to intensify the color at the bottom. Then, another “Love” was cut out from red card stock and the ombre Love was stacked on top and glued together.

The only thing remaining was to adhere the colored heart to the center and add the word “Love” on top.

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Now, it’s time to jump into making the second card. This one is a shaker card. I started with the two remaining “From The Heart” frames cut previously, separated the center heart and vine (I will get to them in a minute), then stacked and glued the two frames together. I then added an acetate panel to the back so the confetti won’t fall out when I go to fill it!

With the center heart (minus the vine heart) in hand, I painted it with colors from the Finetec Artist Mica metallic ink/paint (I love the luscious gold ink colors in this set). Once dry, I pressed and glued it into the center where it belonged, along with the white vine heart.

The top is now done, so it is time to assemble the shaker. To do this, I added very thin strips of foam to the back of the thin border of the frame. By the way, you may think it is impossible to cut the foam super thin but if you have a paper trimmer similar to the ones shown in the supply list below it is snap – and the foam peels right off the cutting surface after cutting!

Using a white cardstock panel slightly larger than the frame for a base, I poured a small mound of confetti from the Nuvo Cross My Heart confetti set, then mounted the frame on top. The shaker was done – YAY!

Now, all that was left to do was to mount the whole shaker card assembly to a white card base.  I also added two small hearts in the center that I had cut from the All About You die set and colored with Hisbiscus Burst and Scarlet Jewel ink.

I love how these cards turned out. The first one is a sweet LOVE card and the second shaker one is great for a wedding, anniversary, Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to express your love.

 

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  1. Totally STUNNING CARDS! . The colors and delicate detail draw one into the ‘HEART’ of the message. Well Done. I’m ordering NOW!

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