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Monday, February 23, 2015

A Hidden Heart

I have had this stamp for years and never really knew what to do with it, but it's so pretty I had to keep it.  Then, I realized while I was looking at it one day, there was a heart right in the center of the design! This is actually the second version of this card as I messed the first one up terribly!  I am missing my sister, who lives in Florida, so this card is going to her.
You can see the texture in that pretty paper

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
gg designs rubber stamp, Stained Glass Window/Door
Gold Embossing Powder
Embossing Fluid
Heat Gun
White Cardstock
Red Specialty Paper
Miss You - Die-Versions "Everyday" Complements, DVS-4x6-104
Distress Marker in Festive Berries
Krylon Leafing Pen in 18K Gold

This rubber stamp is at least 13 years old and I have seen so many of my favorite stamp companies close since the "invention" of digital stamping, I was happy to see that gg designs is still in business.  This image is called Stained Glass Door/Window and is cataloged under Christmas Images - I love it when I can find use for an image beyond it's intended purpose! If you want to see this particular stamp, click HERE, they also have a  bunch of tutorials and other info on their main catalog site, click HERE to go there. Now, back to the card - after stamping the image with embossing fluid on some white cardstock, I embossed it with gold embossing powder, then fussy cut the design out.  I was SO tempted to cut the little "notches" off on the sides, they were really hard to
Specialty Paper
cut.  I edged the cut out piece with the Krylon Leafing Pen to help cover up the white and anywhere that I may not have cut as close as I should have (fussy cutting is NOT a strong point of mine).  I then colored the center heart in with the Festive Berries marker.  It matched the specialty paper the best - I wish I
The Stamp
knew where this paper came from, it's so pretty, I'd love to get more!


Lastly, I trimmed the specialty paper, attached that, then I put the main image on the card.  The image is about 4 1/4" x 2 1/4", so I had limited space that didn't really allow for any stamping, so I turned to my "new" Di-Versions Everyday die - as I explained in a recent post, I got this die and "misplaced" it, and I looked everywhere!! So I ordered a new one and it came the other day. I am sure the "old" one is lurking somewhere, laughing that I spent the money to get the die again. I had to get it again, it's just so perfect for so many things!  I decided I'd use the sentiment "miss you", cut from white cardstock.  I love this image and I think I can actually see a few more shapes in the design - I hope to be able to use it some more (maybe a triptych?), along with my other neglected stamps.  This card is on it's way to sunny Florida, since I woke up to snow today, I'm wishing I could fit in the envelope, too!  Thanks for stopping by today, and please consider subscribing and help me reach my goal of 100 subscribers (if you do subscribe, please leave me your blog address in the comments so I can subscribe to your blog).  Have a great day ~ Christi
Another look
I would like to enter my Hidden Heart card in the following challenges:
One Crazy Stamper - February, Red, White and a Die Cut
Unruly Art Quest - February,
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes!
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge - February, How Do I Love Thee? (I love my sister!!)
The Diva's That Cut...Paper - February, Words, Quotes, Sentiments - Just for You!

20 comments:

  1. Your sister is sure to love this pretty card! Thank you for your visit to craftygalscreations@blogspot.ca!
    Have a good day! Jutta

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    1. Thank you Jutta! I appreciate you stopping by :)

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  2. I'm with you... I'm seriously considering shipping myself somewhere where the air doesn't hurt my face. I really love how ornate your card feels! Way to pull out that stamp and breathe some new life into it!

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  3. what a sweet card and i love that stamp.

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    1. Thanks Janine - how exciting! Now you can actually comment on my posts! Hope you are feeling better <3

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  4. Christi - your card is lovely! I love that you highlighted the heart in the middle! Thanks for joining our February challenge at One Crazy Stamper!

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    1. Thank you Karen - it was a surprise to find it hidden :)

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  5. I am loving the richness of your card Christi your specialty paper and the beautiful image embossed in gold combine wonderfully. Your message is perfect for our Heartfelt Theme too. Thanks so much for joining us at Unruly PaperArts this month. Danie xx

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    1. Hi Diane! I am SO thrilled to be able to join in at Unruly PaperArts - I love the blog and all the informative articles - it has to be one of my favorite sites :)

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  6. Beautiful card! So elegant! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

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  7. The image works beautifully for missing your sister.

    So glad you entered the Die Cut Divas challenge this month.

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    1. Thank you Arlene :) She loved the card <3

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  8. Beautifully designed and great way to finally use some of your stash! Thanks for playing with us at One Crazy Stamper and good luck in the monthly challenge.

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    1. Shari, I love it when I can use some of the stash - then I give myself permission to buy more!! :)

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  9. Now doesn't that feel better? Using some of your stash always does a body good! I love your creation and am so happy you are sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Yes it does!! I try really hard to use my stash, mostly because I can't WAIT to get more stuff ~ LOL :)

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  10. Wow super card, the red and gold really pops and the stamp you used looks amazing. Thank you for joining us at Unruly Paperarts this month. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx

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  11. Beautiful. I am sure your sister will love it. We all have those stamps in our hoards, right. We just are drawn to them but then are not sure what to do with them! I am happy to see yours finally got inked!!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

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