February 6, 2012

hello from the heart

Hello my friends....it's getting closer and closer to Valentine's Day and I have FINALLY decided on my card design.  I've changed about 6 times and what I've come up with is totally different than what I started with.  Sometimes I have these great ideas and when I play around with them they either (a) don't look like what I expected or (b) are way too time consuming to mass produce.  I know, I know - Valentine's cards aren't normally cards that are massed produced  - usually just made/sent to loved ones.  But I LOVE making cards so for many holidays throughout the year I give cards to my co-workers at Assurant Health and Archiver's plus my family......it can end up being upwards of 35 cards. 

This first picture shows the supplies I pulled out to use.  I liked the Valentine paper I had in a paper pad called 'Four Seasons' by The Paper Studio.  Once I decided on the patterned paper then I picked the red cardstock for the background.  I woke up one morning (scary how I dream about this stuff - LOL) with the idea of wrapping twine around a thin piece of matted cardstock. It's not an original idea since I've seen it done bunches of time but I did dream about it for my card...what can I say????.  I knew I wanted to stamp my sentiment on white and decided that kraft paper would be good to go with the brown twine.  Kraft paper and brown twine aren't usually considered 'valentine-y' but I happen to really like pink, red and brown together.

Then I look at my supplies and try to figure out how I want to make the card.  Since I knew I wanted to wrap the twine around a section of white/kraft I decided to use the words paper and the striped paper half and half so the twined piece could be used to hide the seam.   I made one card and kept track of the sizes needed.  Once the card was done and I liked it - I did all the cutting and prep so I could just sit down and mass produce them.

                                            Card size is 5.50" x 4.25"
                                             Words paper  4" x 2.75" 
                                             Stripe paper   4" x 2.75"
                                             Kraft cardstock 4" x 1"
                                             White cardstock 4" x .75"

The sentiment on the front is from a collection from PaperTrey Ink called "Vintage Picnic Sentiments'.  The inside sentiment (not shown) is just a wood stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamp that says 'Happy Valentine's Day'.   ***Disclaimer:  if anyone I work with from Assurant or Archiver's happens to see this post before I deliver my cards...please act surprised when you open it.  ****  Here's a picture of the card

That's it for now....I hope you enjoyed it....see you again soon!

1 comment:

  1. Loved, loved, loved this card, Heidi; thanks so much for having me on your list of recipients as usual :) And I see you were very gracious in making the card so I could give it to someone else if I wanted. Well, I just couldn't seem to let it go, so it is going to go in my Smash Album as a Keeper for, guess who... ME! You are way to talented, Girlfriend!