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SUOC11 – Cherry Espresso Valentine

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Today’s challenge over at SUO Challenges is Valentine’s Day cards.  Appropriately enough, I am kicking off Sale-a-bration with a card class that includes a Valentine’s Day card.  I can’t wait to make this card with my classes this week! 

I started with two of my favorite colors and a new stamp set from the Occasions Mini called Be My Valentine.  I inked the entire stamp in Cherry Cobbler and stamped it on Very Vanilla paper.  Then I cleaned off the red and inked up the word banner in Early Espresso and stamped it again.  As a helpful hint, stamp your reds first and set them aside to dry.  Something about red inks take longer to dry, especially on Stampin’ Up’s ultra-smooth card stocks (like Vanilla and Whisper White).  I took my smaller Espresso piece and ran it through my Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and then did the ribbon scrunching technique on top of a line of Sticky Strip.  Once that layer was completed, I went back to the Cherry heart and cut it out leaving a little border and cutting the banner from the edges.  The Espresso banner was cut next to layer on top of the Cherry heart.  A couple of helpful hints:

1.  With any broad flat stamps, it is helpful to take a sanding block to the surface (gently, of course).  I sand in all directions and then clean it off with Stampin’ Mist on my Stampin’ Scrub.  This gets rid of the “too smooth” finish on the stamp and helps ink adhere better (yes, I noticed AFTER the card was done that I needed to do this…it is fixed now!).

2.  After the banner is cut, take a Stampin’ Write marker and ink the edges of the paper to finish the look.  If you work from behind the image, you reduce the chance of a mistake.

The banner was attached to the heart and the heart was popped up on Dimensionals, as was the inner panel.  Finally, I added some Basic Pearls to the flowers on the heart to add a little elegance.

I can’t wait to see your Valentine entries into the challenge.  Don’t forget to go see the amazing work of the whole design team!  I’ll be back Thursday with another ColorLab challenge and on Friday with Stampin’ Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop!

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