I have to say this card is one of my favorites - I had so much fun making it and it ended up being the card I gave to Tom for our 24th Anniversary.
Let's start with the wonderful designer paper - all of the designer paper you see including the paper the photo is taken on is from the Close To My Heart Emporium Paper Pack. I've used this paper on several cards now - it's beautiful - don't you think?!? In order to get the punched holes to be in the same spot on the back matting I cut both the Colonial White and the Blue/Green Designer Paper the same size - punched out the corners then cut 1/8" off of each side of the Designer Paper.
The next layer is cut out with the new Stampin' Up! Top Note Punch. See all those little slits in the paper - that is part of the punch! Glue the punched out piece to a piece of cardstock and hand cut arount the cardstock to match the punched piece. Did you know that you can use your Cuttlebug Machine with the new Stampin' Up! Sizzix Punches - how fun is that?!?! Click on photo's to enlarge them!!
The middle band is two strips of DP (Designer Paper) taped together - sligthly creased - folded back and forth to make a pleated look. On the top folds I placed a 3D Foam Square to give it added dimension. The Martha Stewart Lace punch was used for the Colonial White Strip on top of the pleated paper. Punch one side of the cardstock - trim it down (not too much) then punch the other side. Finally added a strip of velvet ribbon and two Close To My Heart Pewter Brads.
My favorite part is the ribbon ruffles around the hearts. That technique is described in the photo's below. Stamped the words - hand cut most and used the Stampin' Up! Arrow Punch for the "hand IN" words. The arrow and the hearts are all attached with 3D Foam Squares. Click on the photo and a separate window will open for a close up view.
|Stamps: Close To My Heart Soul Mates D1254|
|Paper: Close To My Heart Emporium Paper Kit, Misc. Burgundy|
|Ink: SU Chocolate Chip Craft, Cranberry Crisp, Close To My Heart Chocolate|
|Accessories: Close To My Heart Pewter Brads, Close To My Heart 3D Foam Squares, Stampin' Up! Top Note by Sizzix (love this!), Stampin' Up! Wrought Iron & My Way Punches, Stampin' Up! Chocolate Ribbon, Misc. Cream Ribbon, Bling, Martha Stewart Lace Punch, Copper Embossing Powder (for hearts), Versamark Ink Pad|
|Techniques: Paper Pleats|