Hibiscus & Easels

Last night, I decided that I needed to find a stamp set I haven’t used yet and, well, use it. There’s a lot of big graphic sets in my little stamp organizer box, and I just never seem to get around to breaking them out and getting my hands dirty. That, and I’m a little intimidated by them – I have never had much luck with getting a good, even impression. I’ve watched videos online about how good the Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow inks are for this type of stamping, so I whipped them out to give it a try with a new stamp set I got last week.

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Those internet ladies know what they are talking about when they say those inks dry smoothly. Holy cow! I stamped the flower petals first, then masked it so I could do the leaf stamping. I felt like the card would look a little ‘flat’ without some glitter or something and I wasn’t feeling the sequins or gems. Leaving the mask in place, I dropped a cornstarch bomb on it and then re-stamped over the leaves with Versamark. I heat embossed with some detail clear embossing powder (I never use anything other than the super fine stuff), then did the same thing with the stamen; stamping in yellow first, then following it up with Versamark and more clear embossing powder with a little magic (read: Perfect Pearls in gold) mixed in, and ran my heat gun over it one more time.

Peeling up the masking paper is so much fun! I felt like I needed to share the joy, so I let my husband do it 🙂

IMG_1981After I glued the panel onto my nice, crisply folded card base, I realized I had put in on… upside down. 😦  Le sigh. It occurred to me if I could make a little stand for the inside, I could make the card front stand up like a picture, thus saving me from having to surgically remove it.

If you have a 3″ heart die cut kicking around your craft space, you can use it to make a little stand that you stick inside your card. It doesn’t look ugly (you can dress it up if you want) and it will lay flat for mailing. Simply center it on a scoring board and score a 1/8″ width strip down the center, so the two sides will fold up like butterfly wings. Or, you could use a butterfly die cut – that would work too!

Or, if you own a Silhouette Cameo or something else that can open .studio files, you can download this handy-dandy little file right here and cut yourself out a whole bunch of these little babies:

Heart Easel Cut File (.studio)

Heart Easel Cut File (.studio3)

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I used a 1/8″ strip of the Terrifically Tacky Tape variety on the center piece of the heart (the part that adheres it to the card), and lined it up on the rear of the card front, in the center about 1/4″ from my fold.

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Of course, you can stick it as far away or as close to the fold line as you want, depending on how much of an angle you want your card to have. This is what 1/4″ sits like:

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I cut out several of these hearts and pre-lined them with double-sided adhesive so I can have them at the ready, should I decide I’d like to make this kind of card again. I’m pretty sure I will!

Thanks for stopping by!

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