My New Year’s Resolution of getting my card kit videos done in the month that the kits are for has not started off well. A number of technical issues resulted in my YouTube channel taken a slight hiatus. I’m getting back to the videos now, but to avoid putting off the January Card Kit any longer I decided not to do a video for it.
Card 1 – Stripes and Sparkles
For my first card I started by applying stripes of double-sided tape across a card base created from red card that came in the kit. I used my craft mat to ensure I got the stripes straight. I then removed all the backing paper from the tape and covered them with the Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust. I burnished it in first with my fingers and then with my bone folder, and returned the excess glitter to the pot. It was pretty messy!
Next I took a snippet of white card stock, stamped a sentiment from the Really Like You stamp set with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I die cut the sentiment using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Oval die, then added some of the hearts from the stamp set with Altenew Ruby Red ink.
AAA Cards – All You Need Is Love
HLS Anything Goes With Dies – Use Dies
Power and Sparkle – Love to Sparkle
STAMPlorations Challenge – Paint It Red
The House That Stamps Built – Words as Focal Point
Card 2 – Valentine’s Panel
My second card is entirely patterned papers. I cut down a panel of the large floral patterned paper from the Pebbles Forever My Always paper pack. I took a snippet of another of the patterns and added the cutting across the floral panel. I chose one of the cut-apart images as my topper, but it didn’t look right directly on the patterned papers I’d chosen, so I added another pattern behind it as a mat, with the focal panel topped up on foam tape.
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
Card 3 – Favourite Hearts
My third card is a more clean and simple design. I used the Neenah Desert Storm to create my card base, then stamped the hearts from Really Like You in a cluster in the middle of the card using the Pink Shimmer Delicata ink. I then stamped a sentiment with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink slightly overlapping some of the hearts.
The card looked a bit lacking still, so I added a subtle frame by scoring lines around the edge of the card base. As a final touch I added some dots of Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Drops (not from the kit).
CAS-ual Friday – Hearts
HLS CAS Challenge – Hearts
Card 4 – Snippet Stripes
The fourth card I made uses up a lot of snippets. The paper pack has a contrasting strip of paper at the top of each page, and they have a hole in the centre allowing the pad to be hung up. The hole can make these strips difficult to use because of course it needs to be hidden. I laid several of the strips together to create a patterned background, then added a wide strip of another pattern going perpendicular across them to hide the holes. I created a panel like I had on my first card with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Oval die to which I added a sentiment. Finally I added one of the Crate Paper Main Squeeze Puffy Stickers.
Pixies Snippets Playground – Use Snippets
Card 5 – Words of Love
Card number five again uses patterned papers. I topped a black card base with the text-based patterned paper, breaking it up with a strip of the large floral pattern. I then stamped a sentiment onto a snippet of white and die cut it with a Sizzix Framelits Heart Die. I added some interest to the heart by sponging some of the Pink Shimmer Delicata ink around the edges of the heart.
Dies R Us – Love
Mod Squad – Heart Focal Point
Uniko – Something Old, Something New and Optional: Love (The heart die is my ‘something old’, whilst any of the items from the kit could be the ‘something new’)
Card 6 – Love You Bunches
I decided to do some tone-on-tone stamping for my sixth card. I used the Pink Shimmer Delicata ink and stamped the XOXO stamp on a diagonal all across the card base. I then got stuck for a while trying to decide what to do… In the end I took another snippet of patterned paper to go across the cardbase, and topped it with an oval die cut from the small flower patterned paper. I stamped a sentiment on top of it, then stamped and cut some additional sentiment pieces to go with it. I thought “love you bunches” fit well with the flowers.
Moving Along With The Times – Love
Card 7 – Ombre Like You
One of the patterned papers was this really pretty ombre paper with scripty words all across it. I decided to use that as the focus for card number seven. I adhered it to a card base then stamped a sentiment onto it. I used my white gel pen along the left edges of the letters on the sentiment to give an almost layered look to them. I then added three hearts from the puffy stickers as embellishment to the card.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Love
Card 8 – Shimmer Hearts
Card number 8 is probably my least favourite. I like the idea but it didn’t work quite as well as I would have preferred. It does look better in real life than in the pictures, though! I used the Pink Shimmer Delicata ink and stamped the hearts across the card. I started at the bottom with the largest hearts, some pointing down and others up. I moved on to smaller hearts going up the card, though I did fill in some spaces down the bottom with the smaller hearts. I also added a sentiment at the top of the card.
Sweet Stampin’ – Girly
Card 9 – Hello Love
I returned to the patterned papers for card number nine. I cut a panel of the xoxo patterned paper and topped it with a snippet of tartan patterned paper. I then added one of the cut aparts popped up with foam tape, and finished it off with a puffy heart.
Card 10 – Trio of Love
My final card also uses patterned paper, with no stamping. I covered the card base with the dotted patterned paper and added a wide strip of the large floral patterned paper across it. I then topped it with three cut aparts popped up with foam tape.
Simon Says Stamp Monday – Love Is In The Air
I definitely enjoyed playing with this kit, though I found that I lost steam a bit towards the end and definitely began to struggle for ideas. The first card is definitely my favourite of the set, though I really like number five too. Which card do you like most?