Retirees Spotlight: I {Heart} Hearts & Heart-To-Heart Punch

You know, when it's not Valentine's Day, I have a tendency to ignore heart stamps and punches, but I don't know why.  They are actually perfect for so many other occasions throughout the year. 

As I was flipping through the current catalog—only available for 2 more weeks—I realized that there were lots of project ideas I'd wanted to try, but never did. One of those projects was a delightful heart-themed thank you card from page 167 in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. I CASEd that design for today's Two Cool cards.

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It really is fun to play with all the sizes and styles of hearts from the retiring I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and coordinating, and also retiring, Heart–To-Heart Punch.  Mix and match stamped images and punch-outs for a fun collage!  You'll absolutely LOVE playing with all the possibilities!  And, it's a fantastic set for kids…they love the creative possibilities, too, especially for making their own Valentine's Projects!

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I stamped the dotted heart outline in Rich Razzleberry, then stamped the polka dot heart in Old Olive and cut it out and popped it with Dimensionals.  I use the Full Heart Punch to punch out the Melon Mambo Patterns Designer Series Paper. 

The Heart-To-Heart Punch was used for the Rich Razzleberry and Wisteria Wonder medium sized hearts.  The small "love" stamp was inked in Old Olive, then punched with the Small Heart Punch.  I also used the Small Heart Punch with the First Edition DSP.

Other Card Details: The Old Olive card base is stamped with the retiring A to Z stamp set in Old Olive Ink (click to enlarge for details) 

I used the First Edition DSP (which will still be offered in the new catalog) with the retiring Eyelet Border Punch for a decorative edge.  I ran my whole border through the retiring Crimper (sold out), so it looked more like lace.

TIP: The lighter weight of this Specialty Paper makes it difficult to punch without tearing.  I adhered the paper to Very Vanilla card stock before punching to make the cuts more crisp.  You have to push a bit harder to get the punch to work, but it works like a charm.  You could just tack the paper to the card stock if you wanted to use it separately after punching. 

I added some paper piercing with the retiring Piercing Tool and piercing template from the retiring Mat Pack to add a line of dotted details that match the other dots. 

Finally, the sentiment is from the retiring Heard From The Heart set, and I colored it with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive markers before stamping.

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