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.
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.
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!
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!
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