Monday, 7 February 2011

Mail-friendly Monday - Valentine, using Schoolbook Serif alphabet

Hold on to your hats this morning folks! I'm having a raunchy moment - well, as raunchy as it gets on Crafting Clare's Paper Moments anyway! This week is all about valentines and anniversaries, and while this is not the Valentine's card I'll be giving my husband, (in case you were wondering!) life's not all about me after all!

I made this card for the DYSU challenge number 5. The theme this week is Red Hot, perfect for a Valentine, and of course I've made it mail-friendly - there are plenty of layers but nothing bulky to warrant anything but a standard postage stamp.

The Schoolbook Serif alphabet stamp set I've used is brilliant for personalising cards with a name (like this one) as well as making scrapbook titles. I coloured my letters with markers, graduating the colour up from red to yellow to make them look on fire, and I'm rather pleased with how they turned out.

I took the other words from a couple of my sentiment sets. I've been building up a collection of sentiments and I love playing with them to make new phrases using my stamp-a-majig.

Do you like my new border punch? No! Of course it's not! I've just made a border using Stampin' Up's tiny heart punch. It's so easy to position this that punching a row of them is a doddle and I just cut round the points of the hearts with paper snips to finish.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Punch eight little hearts along the edge of a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, reserving two of the solid hearts for later. TIP: Butt the punch up against the edge of the paper each time to make sure they're straight and line the left-hand side of the punch up with the centre of the right-hand heart lobe each time you punch to get regular spacing.
  • Trim the card stock to 14cm x 10cm. Cut around the bottom of the hearts to create a border.
  • Cut a 13.25cm x 7.5cm piece of heart patterned paper from the Play Date designer paper range. Stick 5/8" Pumpkin Pie ribbon and 1/4" Real Red ribbon to it, wrapping the ends round the back of the paper for a neat finish.
  • Punch a large heart out of Cherry Cobbler card stock and stick to the left-hand side of the Pumpkin Pie ribbon.
  • Take the H, the O and the T from the Schoolbook Serif stamp set. Colour them with markers to create a flaming effect - I used Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. Stamp the letters onto Whisper White card stock and cut them out with paper snips and/or a craft knife. Glue them to the DP panel, making the H overlap the large heart and using the Real Red ribbon to ground them.
  • Glue the two hearts you reserved earlier to the right of the T.
  • Use Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp 'You're' and 'Baby' onto Pumpkin Pie card stock and cut them out with the word window punch. TIP: You can make the word fit by feeding the end of your punched shape down into the punching mechanism and trimming the end. Glue the words onto the panel and give the hearts 'shine' with a white gel pen.
  • Cut an A5 piece of Tangerine Tango card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base. Glue the panel to the card front.

Stamps: Schoolbook Serif alphabet, Sincere Salutations (for You're), Basic Phrases (for Baby)
Card stock: Tangerine
Other: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight markers, word window and heart punches, 5/8" Pumpkin Pie and 1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Play Date DP

I hope you've had good weekends. I spent mine in my favourite way: crafting, with my family around me (in between parties!) and I'm very excited about some of the projects I have to show you this week! You may not send valentines or anniversary cards but all my cards can be adapted for other occasions. Today's card for instance would make a great birthday card by using a different designer paper, spelling out a name with the alphabet and perhaps swapping the hearts for flowers, leaves, butterflies, birds, animals... I think you get the idea with this!

Thank you for visiting me here today and I hope you'll pop back tomorrow.
Happy crafting!


  1. Wow!! THIS is def. hot, Vicky! So cool to see you participating in our challenge at DYSU this week! Smart how you made the border "punch" and I love the colours if the word "hot". But tbh ... I love nearly everything you do and you know that lol. Hope you have a good start into the new week. HUGS Janna

  2. Beautiful "hot" card, Vicky!

  3. Absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  4. I really love your funky hot love card. Its just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. So hot it's cool! - Jacqueline xx

  6. Oh I wish someone would send me a Valentine's card!

  7. stunning card Vicki, very cool
    great colours
    thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week


  8. Wow!! This is such a bright and vibrant card!! Just stunning.

  9. This is the most inventive Valentine's card I've seen this year! Great idea to use the heart punch to make a border!

  10. oooh - dead cheekie there ;-)

    kitten DYSU team

  11. You surprised me with this one, Vicky! I think this might be my most favourite card you've ever made!! I really love it.

  12. Hot, hot, hot indeed! Love the border that you've created with the small heart punch, very clever.

  13. Well, I'd say your crafting skills are red hot, baby! This card has so many amazing elements... the gradiant letters... the incredible border... and, of course, the fact that it's easy to mail. Your creativity gene went into overdrive on this one!

  14. hi VICKY

    fab the heart border... must try it ...GORGEOUS ....


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