Friday, May 18, 2012

VC Rocks-Have a Heart-Blog Hop

It's that time of year again...where those of us that can not attend the SU annual convention create our own convention fun ~ virtually!

If you don't know what VC Rocks is, please check out the VC Rocks Blog for more info and to see the entire list of blog hop participants in case of broken links. There is some wonderful additional art work on the site as well.

If you are following along the hop from the beginning, you should have come from Robin's site-Robin's Craft Room.  What a great doodling project!

I have done two cards for our Have a Heart Hop featuring sneak peaks of the new 2012-2014 In-Colors that will be available June 1st!! This color combo is not one I would normally choose to do, but it looked very intriguing on the Color Coach chart for the new In-Colors so I gave it a try.

Since the color combo was very bold {at least for me :)}, I kept the card itself pretty simple.

  1. Create a standard {4.25" x 5.5"} card base from Basic Gray cardstock and stamp your sentiment in the bottom right corner.  The one I used is from Loving Thoughts and is stamped in Basic Black.
  2. Cut a piece of Summer Starfruit (new IC) to 3" x 3.25" and sponge the edges with its respective ink.
  3. Cut a piece of Primrose Petals (new IC) to 2.75" x 3".  Punch a heart out of the center of the piece using the Full Heart Punch.  Sponge the edges with Primrose Petals ink, including around the cut out heart edges.
  4. Punch a heart from a scrap of Pink Pirouette cardstock.
  5. Run the heart through the Big Shot using the embossing folder-Vintage Wallpaper.  Sponge the edges, and the raised embossing, with Pretty In Pink ink.
  6. Place pink heart in center of Summer Starfruit mat.  Use dimensionals to pop up the Primrose Petal piece over the heart.*
  7. Add three small pearls to bottom right corner of the heart piece and adhere to card base in upper left corner.
*Helpful Hint:

To make sure that your punched heart is centered under the cutout heart, center the Primrose piece on the Starfruit mat-NOT using any adhesive.  

Put adhesive on the back of the punched heart and place inside the negative space of the Primrose piece. 

Once the heart is adhered, remove the Primrose piece, add dimensionals and reposition it on the Starfruit mat.

Stamps: Loving Thoughts
Paper: Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit (new In-colors), Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray
Ink: Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Misc.: Full Heart Punch, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Big Shot, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Sponges

For the second card, I went from bold and simple to muted and vintage.  I also used the Color Coach to choose the combo for this card as well.  Raspberry Ripple (new IC), Pretty In Pink and Old Olive;  I added Soft Suede as the base.

  1. Create a standard card base {4.25" x 5.5"} using Soft Suede cardstock.  Sponge the edges of the card with Soft Suede Ink.  Also drag the sponge across the top of the card a few times to add a little depth.
  2. Tear a piece of First Edition Specialty DSP from the corner, leaving the two outside edges un-torn.  I sponged ink on this piece in Soft Suede, Old Olive and Pretty In Pink.  Adhere to card base.
  3. Cut a piece of Raspberry Ripple approximately 3" x 3.25" and punch a heart from the center of this using the Full Heart Punch.
  4. Center the second to smallest framelit from the Labels Collection over the negative heart space and run through the Big Shot.
  5. Punch a heart from a scrap of Pretty In Pink.  Place this inside the negative space of the Raspberry Ripple piece.  Emboss the pieces using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and the Big Shot.  Sponge both pieces with Raspberry Ripple and Soft Suede ink.
  6. Using the next size larger framelit, cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock.  Sponge with Old Olive and Soft Suede ink.  Layer under the Raspberry Ripple and Pretty In Pink die cut.
  7. "Age" a 7" piece of Victorian Lace Ribbon by sponging it with Old Olive, Pretty In Pink and Soft Suede ink.  Tie in a bow, trim and fray the ends.
  8. Stamp a sentiment from Tiny Tags on Raspberry Ripple, punch out using the Jewelry Tag Punch.  Sponge with Raspberry Ripple ink.  Use the paper piercer to make a hole in the top of the tag.  Thread with Linen thread and pin to the lace bow using a Vintage Trinket safety pin.
  9. Stamp sentiment on card base with Soft Suede ink.

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Wings of Friendship (retired)
Paper: Raspberry Ripple (new In-Color), Old Olive, Pretty In Pink, Soft Suede, First Edition Specialty DSP
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Pretty In Pink, Soft Suede
Misc.: Full Heart Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Linen Thread, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Big Shot, Victoria Lace ribbon, Sponges,

I hope you enjoyed my projects and find some inspiration in them.  The next stop on the hop is Dawn's site-Stampin' At Dawn.  She has a really cute project waiting for you.



Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

Lovely projects - and great tutorials! Lots of work in all of this and it shows!

Brenda said...

Kym, great cards and loved the tutorial on how to place the heart! It is amazing how much you can learn doing a blog hop.

Krafting Karen said...

Like them both, but I'm a vintage collage gal so I really love, love, love the vintage one!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful display of the new In-Colors. I too am a vintage kind of gal, my fav is the second one Love the distressing and torn edges.

Patrice H said...

Hey that was me Patrice lolol

MJ said...

Wonderful! Great job on both cards, I really love both of them. The tip for the first one is great. The colors on both are perfect! Great job!

Elizabeth said...

Love them both, but the 2nd one is absolutely gorgeous!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Oh my, Kym. I love these cards. The second one is right up my alley and I may need to case it real soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tip!

creations by jackie said...

Gorgeous cards, love the second one, very vintage looking.

inkedx2 said...

2 great cards! I really like the second one - might be that lace! :)

Carey said...

Thanks for the tutorials for the great cards.

Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy (the swap eating dog)

Chris Occhipinti said...

These are great projects, Kym, and sharing your tips is a bonus! I'm not the biggest vintage fan (mostly because I suck at doing it, LOL!), but your distessing touches really makes it a bit 'edgier' and I really like that!

Kimber said...

Great projects - LOVE the embossed heart!!!

Janice said...

Great cards, love the new colors. And thanks for the tips.

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Lovely cards! TFS and for instructions on how you made them!