New Release – Joy Clair Valentine Background Builder Stamp Set
Creating an artistic Valentine’d Day card
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I was lucky enough to be able to introduce my Joy Clair followers and stamping fanatics to the new Valentine Background Builder stamp set. There are seven different heart adorned stamps, perfect for building a love filled background for your cards or tags. I immediately had a vision when I saw these stamps, and knew it was going to be a risky design, but hey, I’m up for challenging myself!
It took a few trial and errors before I got this card the way I envisioned it, but that’s why there are bloggers like me out there; so that you don’t have to do the hard work! I will say, it’ll be much easier if you have a stamping platform in order to create the background. My Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is now my new best friend. I opted for this one instead of the Misti, due to the price; the bundle was less than just the small Misti. Do yourself the favor and grab one!
Joy Clair Valentine Background Builder Stamp Set (HERE)
Joy Clair Scriptures of Love Stamp Set (HERE)
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (HERE)
Ranger Embossing Foam Pad (HERE)
Heat Gun (HERE)
Black and white bakers twine
Clear drying glue
Scoring Machine (HERE)
Tag die cut or Silhouette Design
The background is easiest to create if you have a stamp platform of some sort, be it a Misti or the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I don’t know how I lived without my stamp platform!
The easiest way to do this is to start with a 4″ x 5.25″ sheet of white cardstock. I used pre cut pieces. Align it to the left corner of your stamp platform and then place your heart splatter stamp as close to the top and left as possible. Then, keep stamping as shown, spacing it out a bit. Don’t worry if it doesn’t reach or goes over the edge of the bottom; you want it to look like custom background paper! Once you’ve stamped the entire sheet, then trim it down to 3.75″ x 5″. I trimmed the right and bottom of the sheet.
Next, either use a tag shaped die cut or use your cutting machine to create a tag as I did using my Silhouette Curio. My tag is approximately 2″ x 3″. Using your Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick, color in the entire tag and then activate the ink with splattered water, then let dry completely before embossing.
While the pink tag dries, go ahead and use your Spellbinder Platinum6, or other die cutting machine, to cut out the Tim Holtz heart splatter die cut on white cardstock. Since this die cut is so delicate, the best tool I could advise you to use is the Tool N One that comes with the Platinum6 bundle. It will become your die cut bestie, I promise!
After your pink tag has completely dried, pull out the stamp from your Joy Clair Valentine Background Maker set that says Love with the hearts. Stamp it all over the tag using your choice of embossing ink; I used Ranger Embossing Foam Pad. Then, cover it with clear embossing powder and use your heat gun to activate. I love using clear embossing powder to give projects a bit more dimension without being overkill.
Using the Love Never Fails stamp from your Joy Clair Scriptures of Love stamp set, stamp on white cardstock and carefully cut around the saying, leaving a small boarder of white.
It’s time to put it all together! Cut your black cardstock to 5.5″ x 8.5″ and use your score machine to score down the middle to create your card base. Then adhere the black and white background to the center. Add some black and white bakers twine through the hole in the tag. Next, place one edge of the tag through the outer right open space of the heart, as shown, and adhere the tag to the left side of the card. Use your clear drying glue to carefully glue down the heart. Lastly, place foam dots on the back of the Love Never Fails sentiment, and place in the center of the tag.
I told you this card design was a little risky, with all of it’s intense patterns, but it all comes together so great! I love the contrast between the black and white background and the pink splattered tag. Anyone who has an artistic mind would most likely appreciate this card. Yet, another card that I’m going to have a hard time giving away!
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