Happy Monday Honey Bee friends and fans!
The season of Love is upon us and its all things, hearts, doilies, and roses! I did a little thinking outside of the box using our Honey Bee Stamps “Beautiful Life” stamp set to create a conversation heart candy Valentine card. This was so simple and fun! I could see using this for treat bag toppers, tags, or a child’s classroom valentines too!
I cut a panel of white paper using a Stampin’ Up top note die and used that as my main piece of paper to stamp my hearts on. I stamped my main sentiment “You are loved” in CTMH Tulip ink right in the center of the die cutted panel, and then I knew what space I’d have left to work in some hearts around it. In the Beautiful Life set there are several sizes of heart outlines and heart centers which made it perfect for this layered ink technique. I stamped the outlines in different colors right from the ink onto my paper (which is called first generation stamping). In order to make the insides of the hearts one shade lighter than the outline, I stamped the inside heart stamp into the ink, onto scrap paper, and THEN onto my card to fill in the outline stamp (this is called second generation stamping–essentially the second time you’ve stamped with one inking). And finally, I stamped some of the cute tiny words from the set into the centers of the hearts in the Tulip colored ink to mimic the little phrases you find on conversation heart candies
If you look at the right angle, you can see that I also stamped 3 of the large hearts onto scrap white paper and cut them out and attached them with foam pop-dots to give some of the hearts some dimension. I used the rule of threes and creating a visual triangle, arranged the popped up hearts on the top two corners and in the middle bottom to make your recipient’s eye travel throughout the design in a pleasing way and balance out everything…you’ll notice I did 3 of each color heart for the same reason.
To finish off my card, I mounted my top-note die cut and stamped panel to a piece of green, and then onto a white card blank. I tied a piece of twine to the bottom to finish it off and add a little more texture.
I hope you enjoyed seeing another way to use one of our favorite sets here at Honey Bee Stamps! I hope you enjoy making some cards this week too!