Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Big Deal Valentine

Good Wednesday Morning everyone!

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. After seeing this idea on Pinterest, I knew it would be a cool technique for making cards with my Big Deal stamp sets.

Here's how I did it:
Step 1. Stamp the large heart image from the Collection UM sheet onto a piece of copy paper.

Step 2. Cut out the image to use as a mask. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of the heart shape and rub it on your clothing to remove some of the tackiness.

Step 3. Use a dot stamp or a flat pencil eraser to stamp dots, darkest to lightest, from the edge of the heart outward. Create the second and third generation dots by stamping off some of the ink onto the mask itself.

Step 4. Move the mask and repeat the steps above, shifting the angle of the hearts as you go.

Step 5. Use the mask to trace hearts onto patterned paper (I printed a sheet from the Big Deal Digital kit onto matte photo paper). Cut out heart shapes, and ink edges with CS® Hybrid Earth ink.

Step 6. Attach hearts to front of card. Stamp the sentiment, also from the Collection UM sheet, directly onto the card base (also made using printed paper from the digital kit).

Do you like my little charms? I created them using the heart, club, and diamond stamps from the Borders and Backgrounds UM stamp sheet.

Here's how:
Step 1. Stamp the shapes onto shrink plastic using colors of your choice. After the ink dries, fussy cut the images, being careful not to cut too close to the narrow areas. (Of course, I learned this tip from experience, and after several tries, I have a brown club with my red heart and diamond.)

Step 2. Use a hat pin to make a hole in your charms before applying your heat tool to shrink.
*Note: The tail broke off the spade so I had to substitute with the club.
Step 3. Use the hat pin to hold down the charm as you apply heat with a heat gun.

Step 4. Use jump rings to attach to a heart on your card.

Before I let you go . . . we are in the middle of recruitment week of our first-ever Assembly Line Boot Camp, and folks are anxious to learn how to use the Link Up tool from InLinkz. So today I am adding that link so that you can practice sharing your Club Scrap artwork.

If you need help, check out the InLinkz tutorial video HERE.

I would love to see you give this new technique a try and share it using the blue "add your link" button below!



  1. Oh yeaaaaa...I looked at the InLinkz tool and there at least appears to be an option to directly upload your art (without having to load it to another site first.) I'll have to try your technique so I can practice uploading from my phone!!

  2. Such a fun technique Julie! And I love how you can use this kit for Valentine's Day - clever! Hopefully I can try this technique soon and practice my link-up skills too.

  3. Hi, Julie! I love this technique! Can't wait to try it--I'm playing with Valentine's cards too.

  4. Love the ideas here, Julie. I bet those charms might work out of grungeboard or acetate or chipboard too.

  5. Julie, great ideas here. I love the little charms, too.

  6. Julie, this is a wonderful technique! I received my kit yesterday and I am going to use this on a birthday card that I need for Friday. Thanks!

  7. Julie, I totally luv your card , instructions with, & a very cool idea. Thank you so much will definitely case this. :)

  8. Love your card and thanks for the tut

  9. Very cool project - thanks for the do come up with some fun ideas. Thanks

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    1. I can delete it for you. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Staci!

  11. Julie - great card and great instructions!
    Mary - SDscrapper

  12. Love it Julie! What a fun fresh way of making a really cool card!

  13. Brilliant hearts! And I ordered the Collection UM sheet with my Lite kit so I'll be almost along with everyone else. My husband will be gone for gigs out of town Valentines Day weekend so he'll be getting his card later. Hoping my kit doesn't do another cross-country trip! Too Fun! thanks, Julie! I think I can do this card. Love the charms too. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  14. Thanks for the Linkz practice place. Took a couple tries.

    1. Great card,with great technique.
      Love the little embellishments.


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