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Romantic "Stamp/Stencil/Die Combo" for Making an Anniversary Card | Featuring Taylored Expressions

I don't always get to post cards that I create on a whim for someone special. Usually as soon as I create them, I stick them in an envelope and send them on their way! I did have a chance to take a quick snapshot of this card I created for my husband for our 10-year anniversary. It's nothing over the top - after creating it I thought I could have added more to the pink background... maybe an impression with a die plate or embossing folder? What do you think it needs?

Whenever this happens, I usually keep the supplies out that I used to create the card and create a second card to keep in my stash before I put everything away. I have one more heart leftover from this project that I may use as well - I'm thinking spelling out "LOVE" with the heart as the 'O' - that would be pretty! I'll definitely post it if I get a chance to do it.

On another note, this year was a very important anniversary because it marked the 10th year that we've been married to each other. Having a baby doesn't always make it easy to celebrate special events the way that we used to before kids, but we managed to make it special. Our favorite restaurant is Carrabbas (when we can afford it, which isn't often nowadays), so my husband picked up our favorite dishes from the restaurant (mine is Mezzaluna and his is the Lasagna), and he brought them home with my favorite Moscato (as well as a ravioli dish for Stella) so we could all have a nice dinner together to celebrate our love and the love that made our beautiful daughter :) We really had a great time as a family!

As for the card I created for my husband, I used the Taylored Expressions Folk Hearts Stamp & Stencil Set. I got this set around Valentine's Day this year but hadn't had the chance to actually use it. I began my card by stamping the Folk Heart Stamp with Catherine Pooler Samba Dye Ink onto some Bristol Smooth Cardstock - I've used this cardstock lately for any time I'm blending ink with blending brushes, but I haven't decided if it's any better than using my Neenah cardstock that I usually use for my card bases and copic coloring.

After stamping the folk hearts, I used the coordinating stencils to add color to the hearts with Catherine Pooler Coral Cabana, Do-Si-Do, and Martini inks. I have to admit I wasn't completely set on the way it turned out! I felt like there needed to be more detail or more white, so I went in with a White Gel Pen and added dot details to the hearts. I really felt that this finished off the hearts well. I think the issue was that one of the colors was too close in color to another, so I'll take that in mind when I try it again!

After finishing the hearts, I die cut them using the coordinating die, which cut out all 4 hearts at once (I didn't use one of the hearts for this card). I cut down some pink cardstock to 5.75" x 3.25" and ahered that to my mini slim card base (which measured 6" x 3.5") with tape runner adhesive. I lined up the hearts and adhered them to the pink cardstock with thin foam adhesive.

Next, I took the TE Folk Love Die Set and another shade of pink cardstock and diecut the L,O,V,E letters 2 times. Using liquid glue adhesive, I stacked these on top of each other, then I cut small pieces of white cardstock to put behind the openings in the letters to make those details pop. I lined up the letters in the center of the card base and adhered them with foam tape to the hearts.

Lastly, I stamped and die cut the Simple Strips Background to get the "Happy Anniversary" sentiment. I adhered that towards the bottom of my card with foam tape.

I gave this card to my husband one day late (leave it to cardmakers to be late giving cards), but he absolutely loved it!

This card was CASEd from a card created by Jill Hawkins on the Taylored Expressions website.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)


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Pam Watson

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