Hugs Banner Card

Today’s card was inspired by a layout from Make it From the Heart Volume 1.  This book has 18 double page layouts AND 12 crads plus beautiful and inspiring artwork to show how the layouts could turn out.  I LOVE our How-To books!  The only change I made to this pattern was to adjust the size of the letter mats to accommodate the letters from our Stamp of the Month.

Hugs card featuring CTMH adventures fundamental paper and stamp of the month, Storybook Alphabet

This Hugs Banner Card mixes the brand new StoryBook Adventure stamp of the month with a brand new paper pack.  This is the new Adventure Fundamental pack that will be for sale in August.  I LOVE these papers.  Like all of our papers, it coordinates beautifully with other papers and colors.

Alphabet Stamps create the focal point of this card.  They provide so many options, and I love the fun images on these Storybook Alphabet stamps.  These stamps are only available for the month of July and are ONLY $5 with a $50 order!

Princess Pointers: Here are a few tips to create this fun card.

If you have trouble lining things up straight, like me, just mix it up so they are “intentionally” off-set.  This is what I did with the letters, so none of them were in a straight line and it doesn’t have to look perfect.  Of course, you could also use a grid or ruler to get them perfectly straight!

The letters for “HUGS” are cut from Pacifica cardstock to match the card base.  I embossed them using VersaMark and White Embossing powder to make them shine.  You will also need a craft heater to set the embossing powders.

Embossing Tips: Let your craft heater get hot before starting.  The, hold the heat tool about 6″ away from your paper.  Bring the tool closer to the paper if necessary.  The embossing powder will melt, leaving a shiny raised version of your design.  Once one part of the design begins to melt, make sure you move your heat tool to the next part to make sure powder doesn’t bubble!

I used the Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack to create the banners.  I dovetailed the ends for a bit of added interest.  To get them roughly the same, I dovetailed one banner then used it as a template for the other three.

Dovetailing Tips: An easy way to dovetail (like I did for the ends of the banners) is to fold just the end loosely in half then cut at an angle.  When you unfold the piece, you have (mostly) symmetrical ends.

Your turn! I can’t wait to hear what you think or to hear about your creations!

Have a big wishlist?  We can set up a super-fun Facebook Party (we’ll even get to create something with a Live Video) and you can hook your friends up with fun products.  Have a girls’ night to create and I’ll teach you some techniques via Facebook Live (or Skype if you prefer).  You’ll get to visit with friends, create, and earn hostess rewards!  It’s a win-win!  Click the button and I’ll get back to you ASAP to set up the exact date!

Click the image below to order from Close To My Heart.  Be sure to order under the current month’s party for a special gift from me!

Close to My Heart Idea Book: Make it From the Heart Volume 1
Storybook Alphabet July Stamp of the month CTMH
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