It was our monthly team training last night night and I designed a Valentine card using the Stamp Set You are Loved and the Hearts Collection Framelits. I made a similar card last year see blog post here using the heart punch but it is tricky to get the placement of the heart punch near the middle of the card but now that we supply the hearts framelits dies it is so easy to die cut hearts all over the card background.
We also made a little treat pouch using the Two Tags dies from Stampin' Up! to hold some Valentine chocolate.
And here is a close up of the card, check out the white embossed sentiment onto vellum as I will be showing a technique lower down this post……
And I made a red version too just in case Pink was too girly!!
Ink – Versamark
Stamps – You are Loved (£22.95 clear mount), Itty Bitty banners (£10.95 clear mount)
Tools & Embellishments – Hearts Collection Framelits (£22.95), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (£7.50), Needlepoint Border Emb Folder (£7.50 for 2), White embossing powder, Rhinestones and Pearls (£4.50), Two Tags die (£18.95), Taffeta Ribbon Pink Pirouette (£6.25), Linen Thread (£3.95) & Designer Builder Brads (£6.25)
Why not order the stamp set and the hearts framelits and then choose a little something for FREE from the sale-a-bration leaflet???
I wanted to explain how to get a straight edge on your cardstock when the stamped image has not been stamped straight to start with.
In my classes, I quite often give my guests a piece of cardstock slightly larger than they need so that they can stamp their sentiment and then trim the cardstock down afterwards. But it can be tricky to get straight edges and sometimes what happens is that you trim one side and then the other side is a little on the slant so you re-trim and re-trim and before you know it you have a tiny wonky piece of cardstock with the sentiment not central. So I hope this may help……
Start off by positioning the cardstock (or in this case vellum) so that the sentiment is straight, do not worry about lining up the edges on the guide of your trimmer. I use the cutting track and the lines on the trimmer as a guide. The sentiment I used here is a bit tricky to get straight as they lettering is higgledy piggledy but you can see the word happy and day are straight and I focused on getting those straight.
You can see when I cut my vellum that the paper is not set straight in the trimmer. What most people try and do is to cut the other parallel side next. This is where is can go horribly wrong. I suggest that now you have one straight edge that you are happy with, that you use that to butt up to the cutting guide and cut a side edge to create a right angle, see below…..
Can you see the wonky edge, its OK just cut off what you need to, to create a straight edge and a right angled corner……..
Turn your vellum 90 degrees and cut the parallel side using the straight end piece to butt up to the guide.
Lastly, cut the final edge and you should have a perfectly centered image with straight edges…
I hope it works for you,
Have a great day and be back soon…..