Have you ever found a card that you absolutely love and want to copy, but don't have any of the stamps or supplies on hand? That is exactly what happened to me with my Valentine's this year. First, let me back up and introduce myself... I'm Merri Jensen, and I'm a paper crafter! I'm a hobby Stampin' Up! demo and Deena is my upline. She asked me awhile back if I would like to share my creations on occasion with you all. I must admit, I very rarely come up with my own creations, but every once in awhile I come up with something pretty good. This is not one of those times. I don't know about you all, but I am still recovering from making all my Christmas cards, and it's already time for another "cards must be sent" holiday, Valentine's Day. While browsing for ideas, I came across a card that I absolutely loved and wanted to make. As I looked at it, I realized I didn't have the right paper, the right stamps, or the right tools to make it exactly like the sample I found. All I had was the background cardstock and the lace ribbon. Not much to work with, huh?
Turns out, this is exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing. I headed to my craft room and began to IMPROVISE. I found stamps in my stash that approximated the look of the sample card, I found paper that I could substitute in, and I even found a heart shape cutting tool that I could use. Here's the sample...
Sample card made by Kimberly Van Diepen.
and here's the one I created...
What do you you all think? Worthy of sending to family?
To make my card you need (but, improvising is whole-heartedly encouraged):
- Stamps: On Your Birthday (111664 - wood), Well Scripted (Retired, 118601 - clear) substituted for P.S. I Love You (125462 - clear)
- Cardstock: Crumb Cake (120953), Real Red (102482) substituted for Wisteria Wonder (122922), Pink Pirouette (111351) substituted for Pool Party (122924), Red Glimmer Paper (121790) substituted for Sweet Shop Speciality DSP (125408), Newsprint DSP (Retired, 117166) substituted for First Edition Speciality DSP (121878)
- Ink: Basic Black Marker (100082), Real Red (103133) substituted for Wisteria Wonder (122936)
- Embellishments: Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim (118481), Linen Thread (104199) substituted for Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine (125576), Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer #2 (122464), 1" Circle Punch (119868), Sending Love Epoxy Brads (Retired, 117270) substituted for Jelly Bean Brads (125587), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Heart cutter substituted for Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (125599), Needle
- Cut Crumb Cake cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and score at 4 1/2".
- Cut Heart shape from Red Glimmer paper. Mine is ~4" at the widest, but if you are using the Heart Framelits Dies, you would use either the second or third largest heart.
- Cut your Newsprint paper to 1" x 3" and clip the end to about 1/2" to make the flag.
- Cut 2 pieces of Pink Pirouette and 1 piece of Real Red to 3/4" x 2". Color the Live, Laugh, Love stamp from On Your Birthday stamp set with your black marker (one word at a time, and clean the stamp in between) and stamp each word on one of these strips. Then cut the end to make the flag (I cut all three at the same time to make sure they were all the same length).
- To make the embellishment on the heart, punch out the Real Red flower shape using the middle setting on your Blossom Boquet Triple Layer punch. Punch a 1" circle from Pink Pirouette and crinkle it. Cut a ~3" piece of Victoria crochet trim. Fold crochet trim in half, and put your brad through middle at the top near the fold, then layer on the brad the crinkled circle, flower, and then punch the brad through your red glimmer heart and secure.
- Lay out your pieces on your background, and stamp the greeting using Real Red ink in the top left corner where you want it.
- Adhere the Red Glimmer heart to the background using several dimensionals. Make sure to leave a dimensional-less space for the Newsprint flag to slide under.
- Lay out the Live, Laugh, Love flags onto the newsprint flag where you want them, and poke holes through all the pieces where you want the X's of thread to go. This makes it easier to sew the pieces together and have them end up exactly where you want them. Using an ~6" piece of linen thread, start with the leftmost colored flag and sew the first X. Then sew the second, the third, and then tie off.
- Add dimensionals to the back of the newsprint and colored flags, and adhere to the backgound, making sure to position the newsprint underneath the heart, and the colored flags over top.
When you are finished, the only thing left to do (after you deliver your Valentine), is go order all the supplies that you didn't have for the original card from your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!
Do any of you all have any improvised success stories? I would love to hear about and see your examples!