Saturday, February 7, 2015

You Plus Me Stamp Set for Valentine’s Day Reboot 2.0

It’s Saturday morning. So far so good with my second promise to blog more regularly; and my promise last weekend to share a second card for Valentine’s day using Stampin’ Up! You Plus Me stamp set.

This one is really simple to make. (Although last week’s card was simple, it may have been a little more complicated than it looked because the string of teeny tiny hearts can be rascals to glue back to back!) Besides purchasing the You Plus Me stamp set, you will need: Whisper White card stock (CS) base (5 ½ by 8 ½, scored at 4 ¼), Whisper White CS for the sentiment (approx. 2x3 and die cut from Chalk Talk Framelit), Real Red Classic Ink, a 2” strip of the XO paper from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, 5” Real Red ¼” Cotton Ribbon, and Red Glimmer Paper punched using the new Sweetheart Punch.

Quick Tip #1 – It’s all in the details! When cutting the 2” strip of the XO paper, don’t worry about it being exactly 2”, but it must be at least 11 rows of XO or the “white” of this card will take over.  I love my Stampin’ Trimmer because it makes cutting paper precisely so easy. If you don’t have a Stampin’ Trimmer, KNOW your paper cutter. Instead of 11 rows, I wanted the cut to run through the center of the XO row. Just remember whichever way you decide to cut, this strip of paper needs to be at least 2” or else the white on white will take over the card.

Quick Tip #2 – I find it is easier to ink and stamp the You’re Sweet sentiment first and run through the Big Shot second, but if you prefer to line up the sentiment after it is cut that’s okay. The next part is really the trickiest part, cutting the slit on both ends to string the ribbon (ribbon runs behind the sentiment). The sentiment barely fits this shape but this is the shape I wanted, and the look I wanted.  If you want to eliminate the slits from the sentiment layer, I would add Real Red candy dots to both ends of the sentiment, and adhere the sentiment on top of the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This will help with the “white” taking over the card.

I hope this inspires you to get out your supplies and start stamping your Valentine a card this weekend!  Remember Valentine’s Day is next weekend!

Stamp on!  Sandy

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