It's hard to believe that it is already Day 4 of the countdown! December is flying by, isn't it?!?!
I am super excited about my projects today because I got to play with the new templates that Kim Hughes has designed for Papertrey Ink, specifically the Be My Valentine Collection, part of the In Shape portion of the Click Simple library. (Be sure to read the second post I did today regarding the details of the Click Simple below or CLICK HERE). The In Shape concept is a collection of shapes that are provided to the customer in formats that are perfect for several different card making applications. The ideas and concepts behind this are AMAZING and truly limitless. We know that you all will LOVE this new direction we are taking with the templates!
Each of the In Shape selections (including this month's Be My Valentine Collection) will include a series of FOUR shapes surrounding a single theme along with our traditional design idea download with 5 project samples by our talented team.
In this month's case, the theme is love & Valentine's Day. You will get ALL FOUR shapes and ALL of each shapes formats (described below) in one tidy download for only $5. Once you see all of the possibilities, you will see what a bargain this truly is!
Each of the four shapes in a collection will have separate folders within the collection download. Each shapes folder includes the following files:
A solid outline that can easily be re-sized and used as an accent or another paper layer for the shaped cards. This will also include a "mirrored image", so when you print the template, it will be backwards, but this will allow the outline to be unseen from the front once you've completed your desires technique.
- Cut them out and use them as focal points or for masking techniques.
- Print the mirror image on the back of your paper and stack it on top of some type of cushion (fun foam, mousepad, etc…) and trace the lines with a stylus to achieve an elegant embossed look on the reverse side.
- Stamp them and embellish them to your hearts content!
A stitching template which can be easily re-sized to any dimensions you wish. Sewing can add a wonderful homemade look to projects, so we have included a dotted outline of each shape for easy sewing or paper piercing. The mirrored image is great for these techniques because the print will be on the back of your paper, so you can choose to poke each dot or skip a few along the way, adding to the versatility of each image.
- Pierce holes with paper piercer and hand stitch.
- Pierce holes and connect them with a pen to create faux stitching.
- Pierce holes then forgo any stitching for a more subtle look.
Pretty exciting, isn't it! I've created a few projects today that will showcase a few of the aforementioned applications and just how much fun they can be!
This little number was SO fun to make and it allowed me to use up some scraps that I had laying on my desk! Don't you just love it!
This is what the shaped card base started out as, cut from a single piece of Raspberry Fizz cardstock. It's obvious that Kim puts a lot of thought into each of her template, which is especially notable here. The bottom portion of the arrow extends exactly to the same level as the tip of the heart, allowing it to stand upright. How's that for clever?
To embellish the front, I covered a piece of white cardstock with Scor-tape and randomly adhered lengths of ribbon as well as a few strips of some of Heather's new Simple Valentine paper. I love these kinds of random projects… they allow you to let go and just PLAY!
The sentiment is from Simple Valentine, stamped onto Stamper's Select White cardstock. I attached one of our 1/2" epoxy stickers to a piece of Simple Valentine paper to create my own little embellishment. A few Raspberry Fizz Vintage Buttons accent it as well. Don't you just want to pull out all of your ribbon and make one of these right now?!?! 🙂
This second project uses a new introduction to the Background Basics collection. It's all about love and hearts! With FOUR pattern strips included in this single-sheet set, you can't go wrong!
- Background Basics: Hearts will be available for sale on December 15th.
- It will retail for $15.
- Background Basics: Hearts includes a total of 4 pattern strips (3 heart themed, 1 text)
I don't know about you, but I always have a difficult time creating a masculine Valentine card for my husband. I thought I would challenge myself to tackle that very thing today.
I knew I wanted to use the heart window shape that Kim designed, so I printed it onto Scarlet Jewel cardstock. (While I am only using the solid line image for this project, I had to note that the card template that is included for this shape is AWESOME. It's a little 4×4 card with a window cut from the middle of it in this manner! I cannot WAIT to use it! Sorry, I digress!) I trimmed a bit around it to make it easier to work with while I was preparing it for stamping.
Since I had already shown the other patterns included in Background Basics: Hearts, I thought it would be a good time to use this one. A text strip that features famous quotes about love in a combination of script and book fonts. I love the vintage feel it adds.
I cut along the lines on the back side of the shape and adhered the pieces to my Smokey Shadow card cover. I used a ruler & white gel pen to draw some *artistic* looking lines to frame the Scarlet Jewel heart accent. I love how much it pops!
Last but not least, I heat embossed an appropriate sentiment from Dawn MscVey's Signature Greetings set. A small punched heart created from Sweet Blush cardstock and a little Prisma Glitter was adhered in place with a foam dimensional. I just love little details like that! And I jsut love this card. I can hardly wait to give it to David!
These projects took me back to my paper crafting
roots, just plain fun to create. It has been a while since I dabbled in shaped
cards and since Kim's templates make it so easy, they are something
that I am definitely going to start using more often! We'd love to
hear your feedback about both the Be My Valentine Collection and Background Basics: Hearts! Or even your comments in general about all of today's projects. Leave a comment
and let us know!
Just for taking the time to do so, we are
offering up an AMAZING prize package…
- Background Basics: Hearts stamp set
- Be My Valentine Template Collection
- Heart Prints stamp set
- Large & Small Heart punches
This prize package has everything you need to make a lot of the projects shown today!!! You have until
7am EST, Monday, December
14th to leave a
and be eligible to win. Please play nice, only one comment per
person. One winner will be randomly selected and announced the same
day no later than noon EST. The winning announcement will be made on
our December Release Winners page.
Want to see more of Background Basics: Hearts? Stop by and visit Michelle Wooderson today to see what she created using this set!
Visit Heather Nichols today to see even more of Simple Valentine!
Dawn McVey has created some projects to share using her latest stamp set, Say it With Style.
Stamps: Simple Valentine (available December 15th)
Ink: True Black
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White, Simple Valentine paper pad
Other: Raspberry Fizz Vintage Buttons, 1/2" epoxy sticker, Hibiscus Burst embroidery floss (DMC), Be My Valentine Heart & Arrow template, Scor-tape, Hibiscus Burst twill, bitty dot & grosgrain ribbons, Raspberry Fizz satin, stitched & twill ribbons.
Finished Size: 5" x 5"
I Love You Card
Stamps: Background Basics: Hearts (available December 15th), Signature Greetings
Ink: True Black, Versamark
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush, Stamper's Select White
Other: Prisma Glitter, small heart punch (EK Success), white gel pen (signo uniball), White
Filigree Embossing Powder, Be My Valentine Heart Window template
Finished Size: 4.25" x 5.5"