Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge 07, Be My Valentine

Blog land is filled with challenges for Valentine’s cards and Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is no exception.   Join us in making a Valentine or two and play along!  For this challenge we are asking you to find an older Valentine YOU have created before and CASE (Copy and Share Everything) yourself.  Maybe change up the papers, or the color scheme.  Or keep it all the same.  But please remember to create A NEW CARD to enter our contest.  Remember to use stamps that are older than one year. 


As you can see by cruising around my blog, I’ve made a number of cute Valentine’s myself but wanted to make something a bit more special for my Dear Husband.  Stair step cards are fun to make and create dimension quickly and easily with a few cuts and strategic folds.  Splitcoast Stampers has a great tutorial that can be found here.

Slanted view

I used the following dimensions on white card stock:  trimmed to 6” x 11”, cut 1 ¼” from each side from 1” to 6 ½”, score sides at 1”, 2”, and 5 ½”, score center at 6 ½”.  After I trained the folds I ran the entire card base through my Grand Calibur with a Craftwell Teresa Collins embossing folder suitably named Honeycomb.  

Front view
All of the heart images are from a sheet of red rubber I purchased from Yvonne Albritton back in 2000 or so.  I really like that the images are repeated in three different sizes, making a coordinated stamped card easy.  All the images and sentiments are stamped in Tsukinkeo Memento Luxe Love Letter and are heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  You might be able to tell I am a big fan of inked edges, and this card is no exception.  Each of the stamped sections are backed with Fancy Pants Black Glitter sheet. 

The front sentiment is by CoMotion and has been in my stash for a very long time!  It is backed with Fancy Pants Black Glitter sheet die cut with Spellbinders Fancy Tags.  I was surprised how easy the glitter sheet was cut with the dies.  But I still have glitter all over my desk!  The tiny hearts are die cut using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card heart die.  Quick way to add a little bit more to the card!  

Inside sentiment

The interior of the card is a smorgasbord of images.   Technique Tuesday’s All You Need is Love provided the I, you, and lips.  The hearts are from the Yvonne Albritton stamp sheet.  The large Love is by Heidi Swapp. 

Created in 2001
My original plan was to CASE the part this card by using velvet to stamp on for my Valentine.  But I was not able to find velvet in my town of about 80,000 that would work properly.  Maybe the next time I visit Portland I will go to a bigger fabric store and stock up!  This is a Valentine I made in 2001 that uses a similar broad stroke style stamp as the center image, and shiny metallic card stock.  The sentiment is stamped and embossed with glitter embossing powder.  It doesn’t show up well in the photo.  I have an entire collection of Fiskar scissors, both small and wide.  In this case I used the wide version of Seagull to trim the ends of the sentiment, and the band is trimmed with the smaller version.   

This was fun card to put together and use a number of stamps that needed a little time hanging out on my craft table and getting inky!  Why don’t you join the fun over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and make a Valentine that uses your older stamps!

I also must note that as I was making this card last week, this little ladybug flew in to join me.  Where she came from I have no idea . . . but it has been unseasonably warm here in Central Oregon.  This is where I found her, inside of the stair step card! 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:


  1. What a gorgeous creation!! I really love your stair step design here!! WOW!

  2. What a wonderful card! Say hello to your ladybug for me :)

  3. This card is very pretty!! Great work!!

  4. Hey Neva, I love your card, so clever and all the little details are fab. How lovely to see a ladybird (The English call them this) too, been a while since I have seen one. Cx

  5. Gorgeous card! But especially love the ladybug!!!

  6. Gorgeous card, fabby pic of the ladybug, thank you for playing with Simply Create Too :)

    Warm hugs

  7. Your easel card has lots of details and I like how you've given attention to each area. Thank you for taking time to stop and play with us at Mema's Crafts. Good luck in the draw.

  8. What a great challenge. Love your step card and all the details you have added. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Crafts.

  9. Beautiful card, Neva! No surprise it would attract a lady bug!!

  10. Nice card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.

  11. Neva your card is AMAZING! Love the step card and ALL the details on it! No wonder the ladybug was attracted to it; it's gorgeous! Maybe she thought all the red and black was part of another ladybug?

  12. Fab card Neva. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  13. Absolutely fabulous creations! LOVE the amazing texture and the beautiful colors! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx


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