Bloom & Grow Valentine Card

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created a simple Valentine’s Day card in traditional black, red, and white tones.   You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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I chose to use the Heart patterned paper  from the Adventure Fundamentals Collection, but felt like it needed a little more “something” to fit my card design.  I took one of the “Vine” images stamped in black ink to add to the pattern.  I am please with the look.

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4¼” x 5½” Black Cardstock, 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper (Adventure Fundamentals), (3) 4″ x ½” Red Glitter Paper, 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black Cardstock, 4″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x 2¾”  Cranberry Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 4¼” x 5½” Black cardstock onto the front of the card base.
2. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Vine” image repeatedly onto the 4 x 5¼” B&T Paper. (I stamped between each heart image.)
3. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper onto the center of the Black cardstock.
4. Adhere the three Red Glitter Paper strips horizontally onto the B&T paper, starting approximately 1″ from the top of the card. (You could also use Red Shimmer Trim.)
3. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Seed Packet” image onto the 3¾” x 2¾” Cranberry cardstock.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Let Love Grow” sentiment and “Heart” image onto the center of the “Seed Packet” image.  Sprinkle White Embossing Powder over the image, use a brush to remove the excess, then heat with a Craft Gun.
5. Adhere the Cranberry cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 3″ White Daisy cardstock, then onto the center of the 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black cardstock.
6. Adhere the layered image onto the center of the card base using 3D Foam Tape.
7. If desired, stamp a sentiment onto the inside of the card.

Don’t forget to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Black Cardstock

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Red Glitter Paper

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block 

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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Craft Heater

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Paintbrush Set
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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3D Foam Tape
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

 

Bloom & Grow Embossed Card

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created this monochromatic card using White Embossing Power as an embellishment.  Even though the card was extremely simple to make, the mix of textures and color shades are delightful.  I am very pleased with how this card turned out and am excited to send it off. You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Embossing Powder has a lovely effect, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out and frustrating if you don’t quite know how to use it.  Below you will find a few tips for using Embossing Powder on your projects:

  • VersaMark Ink or Pigment Inks are the best to use for Embossing Powders.  These inks stay wet and sticky which allows the powder to adhere to your projects. I love using our Pigment Inks with Clear Embossing Powder  to create multiple shades of embossed images. I don’t have to multiple shades of embossing powder, just one.
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  • Before stamping your project, use an Anti-Static bag to remove the static from your project. You can purchase one of these online, or create your own using a baby sock filled with cornstarch.  Using this will prevent unwanted embossing powder from sticking to your project. I like to “pounce” mine onto the paper. (Note: These also work great for making adhesive on the back of stickers “unsticky”.)
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  • Always put the lid on your ink BEFORE pouring the Embossing Powder onto your project.  Sometimes your powder ends up in places you don’t want it, and it can destroy an ink pad.  I like to use a “Glitter Tray” when pouring my embossing powder onto my project so that I can pour the powder back into the jar.  I have also seen people store their powder in square plastic containers.
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  • Keep a small, soft brush on hand for removing excess powder. I like to use the smallest brush from our Paintbrush Set, because it is fine enough to get into the little spots that may have filled with powder.
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  • Always use a Craft Heater designed for heat embossing. These are made specifically so that the temperature is high enough to melt the powder.  BE CAREFUL and do not get your fingers or other items close to the heat source – it will burn you.  I like to use my tweezers or a clothes pin to old items as I heat the powder.  I like to hold my Craft Heater behind my project so that I can see the powder melt and make sure that I am not burning my powder.
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  • Practice makes perfect.  Don’t expect every project to turn out exactly how you planned.  It’s okay to have a few mistakes. Keep trying and keep creating. 🙂

Did you know that you could get one of my cards in your mailbox? Every time you place an order on my website, you receive a little happy mail from me.  Make sure to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Stamps
Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Toffee Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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White Twine

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block 

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Craft Heater

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Paintbrush Set
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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Rose Embossing Folder

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

 

Bloom & Grow Layout

Throughout the month of January, I have been creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created a gorgeous layout using our Artistry Cricut® Collection and our Fundamentals papers.  I am truly in LOVE with this layout and so excited to share how I created it in Cricut® Design Space. As always, you can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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I am often asked how I determine the size of the images when I am creating a layout.  Some people like to sit with a ruler, size and re-size, cut and re-cut, and, after much wasted time and paper, they have a layout.  Well, I am a cheapskate and a lazy crafter.  I like to spend the least amount of time and paper when creating.  So, here are a few tips for creating images for your scrapbook layouts in Cricut® Design Space:

  • I had already designed the space where my flowers were going to go on my layout, so I created those images in Design Space by inserting SHAPES sized to the exact size of the paper on my layout.  I will not be cutting these out on my Cricut®, but simply using the images as a reference for the flower images I will be adding. (NOTE: Before cutting out your final images, HIDE or DELETE these shapes so that they do not cut.)
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  • After looking at the floral IMAGES I owned, I decided on these flowers from our Artistry Collection.  I like choosing images from the same collection or designer because they often have the same “feel” to the design.
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  • I placed my flowers around the photo mat, resized and flipped as needed, then decided on color shades.  Since my layout consists of Charcoal and Glacier, I decided to use the darker side of the Charcoal and White Daisy.  I love using the COLOR SYNC feature for this step.  I can simply drag and drop images into the color slots.
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  • This is what my design looked like once I was finished.  Having those background images helped to make sure the size ratio was on point and gave me a good overall view of what my layout would look like.
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Of course, my finished layout looked a little different.  Once I added the stamped image, I decided that I didn’t like the flowers competing.  Remember, the Bloom and Grow stamp set is only available until January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Charcoal Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock

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Artistry Cricut Collection

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White Pearls

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Basics Fundamental Paper Packet

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Cricut® Air 2

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Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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Chalk Marker

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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Craft Heater
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4 x 5 My Acrylix Block
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3 x 3 My Acrylix Block
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer
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