Sunday, 23 January 2011

With love, with a difference

This card is for Monday lunchtime sketch 157 on Technostamper:

When I was having a bit of a sort out the other day (always seem to be having sort outs!) I went through a box of 'shaped' cards and ones that are a bit different to the norm and found some forgotten gate fold cards with a difference - with three heart shapes down the middle. What I like about it is that it doesn't just meet at the middle but the righthand piece overlaps the left.

The additional silver hearts were plain ones (Sizzix green die)that were stippled with silver acrylic paint (looked better than trying to get it smooth). The panel down the lefthand side of the card was stamped with a ColorBox unmounted molding mat - the idea with this is that you use the mat to create your own stamps with moldable foam - I bought these long ago, but have never used them. The length of the stamp was just right (this is a larger 7" x 5" card when folded. So I inked up the rubber mat with versamark and put the silvery slightly textured card on to it and brayered it. I then heat embossed with detail silver. I've added a whole line of dark blue and silver gems down the lefthand side.

I'm very pleased with the way this has turned out. The photos don't do it justice, but you can see that in some light the silver embossing looks light and in other light it looks much darker. I apologise for the paperclips in the first photo to hold the crossover flaps together.

The inside panel of the card has been covered with a 'with love' sentiment sheet.

I think I might save this card to give to John for Valentine's Day. It's a bit different to the norm, which I like - not my usual style (not that I think I've got a usual style - I suppose I just make all sorts!)

It's also for these challenges:

Aly's 34: for the guys
Totally stampalicious: masculine Monday
Creative card crew: for men
Allsorts 87: male
Flourishes timeless 101: go big - at least 5 x 7
Creative sketches technique: punches - can include die cuts (hearts)
Critter 48: colour and embellishment - blue and silver - pearls or rhinestones
Ann's creative nook 120: not your usual Valentine colours
Order of the opus gluei 87: key to my heartPaper issues: Valentine's day
Tuesday throwdown 32: Valentine
Paper playtime 34: use the word love
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental (the middle panel)
There she goes: wet embossing
Picture perfect creations speciality challenge: heat embossing
One stop craft 115: more than one fold
Totally papercrafts 50: add a heart
Aud sentiments 20: love theme
Freshly brewed 31: love theme or Valentine's day
Theme Thursday: love
Craft your days away 12: love
Lexi 31: say it with love
Bunny Zoe 8: love is in the air
Southern girls 10: totally loved up
365 cards day 327: love
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Challenge up your life 35: clean and simple
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes


  1. A gorgeous card.Thanks for sharing this with us at

  2. Very pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, Suzanne x

  3. Beautiful! Thanks for playing at paper Playtime. :) Janis

  4. So pretty - love the colors and all the rhinestones and embossing! Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch Challenges!

  5. What a great take on this sketch challenge. I love the gate fold, so fun. Thanks so much for playing along with my challenge this week!

  6. Hazel, what a stunning card! The embossing is just gorgeous in silver against the navy. Thanks for joining us for this week's Critter Sketch Challenge, we hope you will come back and join us again next week!

  7. Very pretty, Thanks for sharing with us and I hope to see you again at Southern Girls Challenges. Good Luck!

  8. Nicely done and your embossing looks great. Thanks for playing in the Totally Stampalicious Masculine Monday challenge.

  9. very pretty card! love the embossing. thanks for playing the critter challenge.
    Critter DT

  10. Hazel, I love, love, love the embossing of your card. I wish I could have worked with that sketch this week. Your rocked it out! Stunningly elegant card. Thanks so much for joining us at PPC this week. Hope we will see you next week too.

    Tamie - PPC DT

  11. Fab card! Love the embossing
    Thanks for joining us at LIIU
    Claire xx

  12. Prettt card. Love the colours & dfferent texxtures.
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.

  13. Hi


    Thank you for playing Cutie Sunday.

    Hugs nadine

  14. Hi
    a wonderful card.

    Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday this week.


  15. Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing with us at Picture Perfect this week Hazel!

  16. Well done - sounds like a real bargain! Lovely card, the soft colours are really pretty!

  17. Beautiful indeed!!! I love your take on the sketch!!! Thanks for sharing the love and joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges.


  18. Hazel - This is fantastic. I love that you used blue. And the fold is so cool. I might just have to copy your design on this one. Thanks so much for playing with us on OPUS GLUEI.

  19. I really like this card, the tri-fold is great with the shape and I like the untraditional color. It has a romantic but masculine feel to it, I think John will love it. It can be hard to make a man's card, but you did so beautifully!

    Thank you, as always, for participating with us at Opus Gluei - it's great to see what you've created!

  20. lovely card Hazel, the embossing looks greatThank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week

    mandi xx

  21. Beautiful
    Thanks for joining us at TPC this week
    Good Luck
    Sarah Stressed Stamper

  22. Love that color combo! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

  23. what a great card, the silver is perfect with the blue cardstock!

    thanks very much for joining in my male inspired challenge at Allsorts. Good luck in the prize draw :o)


    Amanda xx

  24. Amazing card ………. Great idea ..............Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday this week.....


  25. Hi there

    very elegant card, thank you for playing at Aud Sentiments and LIIU.

    Hugs Ali x

  26. This looks amazing, love the style and colours. Thanks for joining in this weeks OSCC. Hugs Shelley xx

  27. Hazel this is fabulous! Love the colors you used! Thanks for playing along at the Nook this week!

  28. Beautiful card.
    Thanks for joining us a Penny's Paoer Crafty this time, hope to see you again.
    Sharon x

  29. Love it! Nice to see a "smushy card" that isnt red or pink!

    Thanks for joining in with Aud Sentiments



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