Today my card is a Valentine featuring the “Heart Pops” die by Die-Versions. This is a new die, and when I saw it I knew it was a must have. It is just so much fun, and depending on how you use it makes a great Valentine for all ages. It can also be used for a variety of projects other than those for Valentines Day.
I used a glittering technique for this card that features Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal. It is a simple technique, although it may take a little practice on something as intricate as this die.
I started out with a 6”x6” sheet of Scor-Tape. These sheets have liners on both sides, making it possible to die cut the Scor-Tape. I cut the heart balloons from the Scor-Tape. The Die-Versions dies cut very nicely, and I didn’t have any problems with “no cut” areas, etc. Just do whatever you normally do with your die cutting machine for intricate dies (run it through a second time, add a shim, etc.) and it will be fine. When it comes to removing the shape from the die, just be careful and remember that you have a layer of tape and two layers of liner, so you don’t want to rip, etc. Work gently to free the image from the die.
Next I prepared the layers for my card. I cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of red cardstock as the background layer. Then I cut a patterned cardstock to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” (my pink hearts are from a 6×6 paper pad by Pebbles called “Yours Truly”). I embossed the background layer using “Ornate Swirls” by Sizzix.
This next step is the one that can be a little tricky — placing the Scor-Tape balloons on the patterned paper. This is not difficult, but does take a little patience. First I carefully removed the brown liner from the balloons. I find it easiest to take one balloon at a time – remove the liner to the string and carefully trim off the liner (leaving the liner on the strings and other balloons intact). Then I placed that balloon on the cardstock before moving on to the next one. The tricky part is that sometimes the Scor-Tape comes up with the brown liner, and then it is very easy for it to get out of its intended shape, etc. I used my tools, etc. – tweezers, picks (like you use to get the small pieces out of dies), etc. – adding fingers to the mix just makes things worse. Again, it’s important to just work slowly and calmly through this, one balloon at a time. Once the liner was removed from all three balloons and all were in place on the cardstock, I removed the liner from the strings and set those into place. The strings also consist of some fairly thin pieces of Scor-Tape that may not exactly go where you want them to go – just have patience and use your tools (picks, tweezers, etc.) to guide them into place. Once the liner was fully removed, I pressed all of the pieces into the cardstock so that there was a strong bond (if it hasn’t fully adhered, glitter will get underneath, and the image may try to lift up off of the paper).
The hard part is over now – the rest is pure fun! I placed my card layer on a thin piece of paper (copier-weight paper, for example). I opened the jar of glitter and set it to the side of the paper. Then I removed the top Scor-Tape liner from the image. This should be fairly easy, although you’ll want to be a little careful here to make sure that you don’t pull up the Scor-Tape also. Once the Scor-Tape was exposed, I added glitter to cover the tape image. I used a microfine glitter for my project, and that can get everywhere – so I always try to only shake out a little more than is needed, keeping most of it in the bottle. When the image was covered, I used my finger to lightly press the glitter onto the tape. Then I tapped off the excess glitter onto the lightweight paper, and used a soft bristled brush to continue removing the excess glitter from the card front. (You can easily fold the lightweight paper and guide the unused glitter back into the jar.)
The next step is to burnish the image. I simply rubbed my finger over the glittered area. This loosens any excess glitter that remains, and also revitalizes the glitter that adheres to the Scor-Tape to bring back the “sparkle”. This is a very important step, but clearly the easiest. Once the entire image was burnished, I used my brush again to remove any excess glitter from the project. Please see this short video for a demonstration of the glittering technique.
To finish the card, I used ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the glittered layer to the back layer. I also used the Scor-Tape to attach the ribbon and bow. I cut a red heart (same paper as the background) using one of the “Rustic Hearts” Die-namics dies by My Favorite Things. I stamped the sentiment on the heart. I used my Quickie glue pen to draw a small heart next to the sentiment, and covered the glue with Warm Highlight glitter by Glitter Ritz. It takes just a short time for the glue to dry (about 5 minutes), and when it’s dry you can brush off the excess glitter and burnish the little heart. I attached the sentiment using a low dimensional adhesive. That’s it – the card front is finished!
Tip – When you’ve die cut as much as possible from your 6″ x 6″ Scor-Tape sheet, don’t throw it away or recycle it as you would with paper. It’s Scor-Tape, and is still a fabulous adhesive! You just need to cut those remaining pieces as needed, and use them on other projects. The pieces aren’t always very uniform, etc. but that won’t matter. The only difference is that you need to remove the liner from both sides, etc. No waste . . . how cool is that!
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – 6”x6” squares
Die-Versions Die – “Heart Pops”
My Favorite Things “Rustic Hearts” Die-Namics die - (for the sentiment)
Microfine glitter – I used Glitter Ritz cranberry and warm highlight
Glue pen – I used a quickie glue pen
Soft paintbrush – to brush away excess glitter
Picks (to remove small pieces from a die) and tweezers
Cardstock – lightly patterned and coordinating backing layer
Embossing folder – I used “Ornate Swirls” by Sizzix
Several sheets of thin paper (copier paper) to catch excess glitter
Die cutting machine – I used my Grand Calibur by Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp – I used “Love is in the Air” by Impression Obsession
Black Versafine ink
Adhesive – I used ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and a low dimensional adhesive
For those that are interested in the supplies on the video – I used one of the dies from the Marianne Creatables Die Hearts set. They are just too cute, and the perfect size for many projects! The glitter that I used was Peony Pink microfine glitter by Elizabeth Crafts. I’ve included pictures of the glittered heart from the video, and the Marianne dies below.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!