Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Carving Love

Hi Everyone!

I took a four day break from blogging this past weekend while my husband and I got some much needed "away time".  My parents took the boys for a couple nights while we visited a local, world renowned spa.  It was absolutely wonderful and did I mention much needed????  LOL

Anyway, I'm back with a few new ideas I hope to share over the next few posts.  Valentines Day is fast approaching so I thought I would turn the blog's focus in that direction for a bit - beginning with a card I made for my hubby.  I've always found the idea of carving one's initial's in trees romantic so I tried to recreate it with paper...not so easy as it turns out to make paper actually look carved...LOL but I think I came close!  Keep reading as I share a couple tips and tricks that will teach you how to "carve" your own heart!


Stamp sets: Bloomin' Marvelous (2013 Sale-a-bration)
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Early Espresso Core'dinations (Holiday mini), Lucky Limenade, Melon Mambo, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Woodgrain embossing folder, Honeycomb embossing folder, Heart to Heart punch (retired), Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, white gel pen, 1 1/4" circle punch, Stampin' Sanding System

Sometimes embossing folders can be a bit tricky to use.  The impressions they leave on cardstock can be so deep that they often tear the paper, ruining your project.  One way to help the depth of the impression is to switch from running the EF through on Tab #2 (as suggested) to NO TAB on your Big Shot.  If this doesn't fix the problem, place a thin piece of vellum cardstock in the embossing folder along with your cardstock, then run through the Big Shot on NO TAB again.  Presto, you should have no more rips!  (Many thanks to the other demo's that through trial and error figured this out and shared with everyone!!)

To make the tree trunk on this card, first punch out 4 of the same hearts from the Heart to Heart punch (oh why oh why did they discontinue this punch??) then stack and glue them together.  Cut a piece of Early Espresso Core'dinations cardstock roughly 2 1/2" x 4 1/4".  In the Woodgrain embossing folder lay the Core'dinations cardstock down then place the punched heart stack on top, followed by the Vellum cardstock on top of that.  Run through the Big Shot on NO TAB.  After removing the cardstock from the embossing folder lightly run the sanding block from the Sanding System over top of the raised edges.  With a white gel pen add the arrow and initial's.  Tear all the edges on the trunk to make it look a little more realistic.  Finish off by adding a branch off to one side of the trunk to hold the swinging hearts.

Until next time...
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