As promised – here is more detail on the anniversary card I made last year for Crafty Pete. I’d seen a few on Pinterest with hearts coming out of envelopes and this was my take on it – a quick little anniversary card. It was our six year anniversary so I wanted to have six hearts on the front. For five of the hearts I used the Fashionable Hearts embosslits. The embosslits (once run through the Big Shot) emboss and cut the cardstock at the same time. You get a handful of cute little hearts with different patterns on them. For the sixth heart I added a shiny heart sequin.
I made a little envelope out of scrap First Edition DSP. I just winged it with the size and using the Envelope Punch Board I punched and scored in the middle of the paper. This gave me a square envelope. Originally I wanted a rectangular envelope but went with the square one anyway. I was a lot happier with it after I sponged the edges of the envelope with Cherry Cobbler ink. Not only did this match the hearts, but it gave the envelope more depth.
For another side project of mine I’ve been playing with FIMO soft polymer clay. On one such occasion I had some scrap left over and decided to make some mini tags using the Banner Banter stamp set. I love the way they turned out, and must make some more as they make great embellishments for cards. I simply inked the stamps as usual and stamped them onto the clay. I then cut the shape of the tag with a knife and used a bamboo skewer to make a hole in the top so some twine could fit through. This clay is then baked in the oven although I’m sure you could use air drying clay too.
As an aside, I used the oven dried polymer clay because from my research I found that this tends to be more stable over time. Air dried clay can reabsorb moisture from the air over time and cause them to crumble. I also found that Stampin’ Up! ink on the polymer clay is not permanent (will run when in contact with water). Obviously for a card this is fine. For a colourfast option, I used StazOn ink.
Back to the card… I popped the “love you” tag in the envelope of the card and that was it, one simple anniversary card. I had actually hidden the other tags around Crafty Pete’s apartment for him to find over the week in the lead up to our anniversary (in his work bag, in his work shirt pocket and attached to his work belt). The card I put in the laundry as I knew that he only goes in there on Saturdays!
I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Brisbane, Australia. I’ve always loved all things craft and finally taken the leap into demonstrating the wonderful products Stampin’ Up! sell, which I’ve been using since 2010. I will be posting my Stampin’ Up! projects here to inspire you. I also hold monthly card and paper craft workshops from my home in Eight Mile Plains, and sell product Australia wide.