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Fri 13

Valentine's Day Card ft.La Rue Heart w/Hutton Left & Right Gate Dies
by Vicki Finger


Hello there!  Vicki here with you today.  Have you noticed all of the Valentine products that are being released right now?  Memory Box has a new release hitting the market right now as well.  It is a super gorgeous release that I know you will all love as much as I do.  I haven't received my products as of yet, so I thought I'd show you an easy card using some previous Memory Box Products that I already had on hand.  It's always a good idea to see what you have that you can add in to the mix of old and new products.   


This patterned paper you see here is one that I have hoarded for many years! It's from my paper scrapbooking days which I haven't done in about 10 years, although I did quite a bit of digital around 2010 - 2014.  I am down to one full sheet plus a sheet that is about 4.5 x 6 inches.  That's it - that all there is.  Throughout the last 20 or so years, I have made a Valentine's card for my husband using this paper several times. We celebrated our 35th Anniversary this past June but I didn't use to be into paper-crafting so I just bought cards for the first several years.   This is my all-time favorite sheet of paper.  I think I bought about 20 sheets of it way back when and it's been 20 years at least since that happened.  I just love the combination of colors here; the saturated red with the warm coral and yellow tones, and then there are foil accents throughout the stripes. This paper is the epitome of my style.  It's rich and regal looking.  I like to challenge myself to make something completely different each year using this paper. I don't even think my husband realizes I've been using the same one for almost every Valentine's Card.  


I wanted the La Rue Heart to be the focal image of my card, so I tried to match it up with other Memory Box dies in such a way that it would still let the Heart be the star of the show.  You'll have to decide if I was successful or not.  I'm happy with what I have but I don't know if I achieved my objective or not. *Ü*

I started by cutting a card base from Red Lacquer Shimmer Cardstock from PaperPapers.com.  Next, using the largest Rectangle Basics Die, I cut the patterned paper for the front of my card.  Next I die cut a Left Hutton Gate and a Right Hutton Gate from gold foiled cardstock (you surely know of my love for gold by now).  

Using the Circle Basics Die Set I used two different sizes to get a gold circle and a red one that is slightly smaller.   I also cut the La Rue Heart from the gold and started assembly.  I added the patterned paper on top of the card base, then adhered the left and right Hutton Gates using my 5-inch Xyron sticker maker.  

It can be a bit tricky to get to the adhesive on such intricate dies as the Left and Right Hutton Gates so I'll share a little tip with you here.  I run them through my Xyron to get adhesive on them.  Then before taking the top layer of cellophane off, use an embossing sandwich and run it through your die-cutting machine, back and forth one time.  If you don't do this, then you'll need to take a stylus or something similar to go around all of the edges, inside and out, so you won't have adhesive strings popping up and gunking up your work.  I've used a Multipurpose tool, a stylus, and other similar tools, but using an embossing pad and running it through your die-cutting machine is so much faster --like 60 seconds compared to 20 minutes or so doing it by hand.  I had wondered if this would work, so I tried it one day and I doubt I'll ever go back to the old way.  Doing it this way also means you don't have to use an adhesive eraser or Un-du on it.  Un-du is a fantastic item to have on hand if you use a lot of foiled cardstock like I do as it removes the sticky without damaging the surface of the foil.   


I adhered the red circle to the gold circle directly, using Kokuyo Tape Runner, which has been my favorite for years and years. Way before my card-making days, it was my preferred adhesive for my scrapbooks. Then using a double thickness of Scotch Foam Tape, I adhered the circle to the card base. 

Using a little bit of adhesive across what would be the center horizontal "band" area, I adhered the La Rue Heart directly to the raised circle.  I also die cut four of the Poppy Stamps Swirled Love Die and glued them together to make a thicker embellishment so that it would really stand up and be dimensional.  For this, I like to use Range Multi Medium Matte as tape runner doesn't work very well for something this intricate.  It tends to catch on the paper and wrinkle or tear it.    

Since I used Red Lacquer Cardstock, I'll need to add a white panel inside of the card for my personal note to my hubby.  I also like to add a little Ghiradelli Square or two in there as well.  I try very hard not to use sequins or bling on cards for my husband, but it takes great restraint.  

Thanks for stopping by today to see my project.  Next time I hope to have a card sharing new Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection dies.  Have a great day!  





Gold and red are fab- love

Fabulous design.

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