Friday, February 14, 2014

History of Ever Valentine's Card & Tip on Gluing Die-Cut Letters Perfectly Straight

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am so excited to be back on my blog sharing a project.  It has been a few months - I was crafting while I was away from blogging, so I will be sharing more projects soon.

I was shopping in the Silhouette Store and was very inspired by Lori Whitlock's You're My Favorite Phrase Cut File.  It is such a sweet and fun Valentine's Day sentiment!

I cut the sentiment out with black cardstock using my Silhouette.  I glued the black letters on vellum so I wouldn't cover up the background of the card.  You may be thinking....wouldn't it be easier to print the sentiment on vellum?  Probably!  :)  But, I thought about it, and I love the layering effect and texture you get with die-cut letters especially on vellum.  

To ensure the black letters were glued perfectly straight on the vellum, I used the black cardstock negative from the die-cut to position and glue the letters.  This technique also keeps the glue behind the letters and not all over the vellum!  Use a paper clip to the keep the vellum and negative in place.

Once you have glued all of the letters in place, remove the black cardstock negative.  Make sure to do this slowly so you don't remove any of the letters with it.

I am love with maps right now, so I had to use a map as the card background.  The 'map' paper is by October Afternoon pulled from my stash of the Seaside collection.  I added some little red die-cut hearts to the red lines on the map and I splattered pink ink (Pink Balloon Sprinkler by October Afternoon) for more color.

To finish the card, I added a little pennant with paper from the October Afternoon Cakewalk collection and a sweet little wood heart by Freckled Fawn (added a little red sequin to the center!).  

Here is a angled picture showing the lovely layering on the card!  From the little red hearts, vellum, the die-cut letters, and the pennant.  

I LOVE the way the layering turned out!  I hope you all have a very Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for stopping by!


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