Fabulous Finds Friday — Hearts on Parade

Yowzas, I love this new die from Simon Says! It’s Heart Parade and playing with it makes me want to march with a band! What a Fabulous Find!

Here’s the first card I made:

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Easy peasy. I first cut out the whole thing, which gave me the frame (the outline of the hearts) and the “inner” hearts (which I saved for other projects.) Using some scraps, I cut it a few more times to get different patterns for the inside, then re-inserted the cut pieces in the heart outline. (Don’t throw out those partial frames, though! You’ll see how I used them.)

The sentiment is from Inkadinkado’s Occasions clear set (a set I use VERY often). The base paper is from WorldWin. I glued the small pieces down with Elmer’s fine line glue pen.

**Tip: After cutting the die, save the unused pieces in the same envelope as the die. Then when you want to mix it up a bit, you already have some cut pieces.**

My next card was bolder:
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I love the blue pearlized paper (WorldWin)! I cut the pearlized paper using Spellbinders’ A2 Curved Matting Basics A S5-171. I stamped the white base card using Hero Arts’ envelope Pattern S5507 inked with Imagine Craft’s Platinum Planet Brilliance. The sequins, from Doodlebug Designs, were attached using Glue Dots’ micro dots — perfectly mini sized for these sequins! And no messy liquid!

I stamped a scrap piece of white with the same envelope pattern, then added the sentiment (Hero Arts) in VersaFine black. I wanted more bling, so added a piece of silver glitter tape (Close To My Heart).

This next one didn’t turn out as I expected, but it worked.

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I tried to cut the die on a thicker piece of cardstock and it didn’t cut all the way through. I started to painstakingly cut out the pieces with my Xacto knife, when I smacked myself on the head and said, “Just leave the pieces in there, doofus.” (I often call myself names.) The large heart popped out easily, so I switched it out with a patterned piece, but left the others in plae. I rounded the corners, stamped a sentiment (Hero Arts) and stick a fork in me, I’m done.

One last trick before I go…. When you keep cutting out the heart to get different insides, you get several outlines, too.

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Naturally, I save them, stashing them with the die. I trim what I need and use these smaller pieces for tags:
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Whew! This is a loooong post! But as you can see, I’m crazy about this die.

Thanks for indulging me.

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Creative Chemistry Lessons

I recently took an online class, called Creative Chemistry 101, from the amazing Tim Holtz. Tim shared oodles of tips and techniques for working with Ranger products. I have been sadly behind in the fun part — actually MAKING things! But I managed to play a little and created a few tags.

In this first tag, I learned that yes, you CAN emboss with Distress inks!

The flourish vine (Hero Arts) was stamped with Distress Ink, embossed with clear powder. Various distress inks where then blended onto the tag. The ribbon rosette was made using Paper Source ribbon and a large glue dot from Therm O Web.

These next tags were made by inking my image (Hero Arts) using Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers, creating a resist, then tinting with Distress Stains.

I used a white dabber, and I thought the contrast wasn’t great enough, so I tried the white dabber again but with darker colors:

The last one used gold dabber:

I really liked the texture of the gold, which came out rather thick. To create the butterfly, I spread Ranger Dimensional Pearls (Lettuce) on a piece of scrap card stock and let it dry. I stamped over it, then punched my butterfly (Martha Stewart).

Thanks for looking!