Pieced Valentine Card

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have a wonderful stamp set to show you.  This is the Valentines Day 2 stamp from Anthonys Paper Craft and we are getting some amazing cards with it on the Design Team.  Last week Michael Trent showcased a marvelous shaker card on World of Michael Trent.  Check it out!

This week and next will be more Design Team blogs about this set because it is the Stamp of the Month (SOTM) and if you place an order online and add this SOTM set to your cart this month, your whole order will ship for free (USA only).

My card is a fun double z-fold card, and this is how it looks on the inside. valentinesday2inside

The first step I did was to stamp the heart stamp on some chipboard and cut out the 2 heart shapes.   I used these to mark on some Authentique cardstock to cut out for piecing into the heart shapes.  I used Lovestruck Three.

The card base starts out as a standard A2 side fold (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches piece folded at 4 1/4 inches).   I then scored at 2 1/8 inches on the front panel and folded it back on itself.   Scoring is important with this card, and really getting a sharp fold.
valcardbase

I cut white cardstock to 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, and did the first score and fold at 3 3/4 inches.  The size of the stamps was 3 3/4 so that is why I picked those measurements.   This left a remaining strip of 4 3/4 inches, which I divided in half to make the z fold at 2 3/8 inches.   (based on what size you start with, the back fold should always be divided in half to fold in order to get the inside to match up with the front panel).   I used my Misti to stamp the hearts and sentiment – because I will be stamping it again after I put the pieces in.

I taped the cut heart pieces in and then stamped the hearts again.  This gave me a good outline and pulled in the small swoop details from the stamp on top of the pattern paper.

The red foil / cardstock was cut into a 4 3/4  x 4 1/4 inches (a quarter panel) and then cut at 2 inches the long way.   The 2 inch piece was centered and taped top to bottom and up against the middle fold.  Then the 2 1/4 inch piece was taped to the inside lined up to match the front panel.

The back piece of the white cardstock was right centered and taped over the inside red panel.  I applied more tape to the back of the front piece (showing in blue here) and then matched it up on the front red panel and pressed it down.

This is the final product open – and there is space to write a message and sign on the right panel.  Add bling as you wish, although this stamp stands alone and makes a beautiful Valentine’s Day card.  I probably went a bit overboard with the red foil hearts on the main card.  I did make up about 20 of these cards using red cardstock instead of foil.  Once you get the hang of it they are quite easy to do.

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My inspiration for this card – besides the amazing Anthonys Paper Craft double heart stamp – was a blog and video from the amazing Jennifer McGuire.  This is a link to her blog so that you can see the video.  Double Z Fold Cards.

That is it for today.  Have fun and keep warm – Mary Kay

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