I promised that I would start showing you how I'm using all these cross stitched bits for Valentine's cards. The first one uses the little half-inch squares.
These little guys. Remember them?
I love making cards, but I love when an element of the card is also a gift. I decided these little hearts would make the perfect magnets. I rushed to my stash and found a package of magnets the size and thickness of those business card magnets that always come on phone books. They're great because they already have adhesive on them, so I didn't even need to stress about which glue to use! I put all the squares on just like this:
Glad I didn't decide to stitch one more in red!
As you can see from the picture, they don't fit completely on, but that's ok. As long as the part that you're trimming down to is on the adhesive, then you're fine. In my case, I wanted to trim along that first visible hole outside the square, so I made sure that was on the magnet and pressed down firmly. Then I cut the squares away from the rectangle and started trimming the individual pieces. Here's a handy before and after:
After that, I readied my cardstock. I like to cut and make my own cards, so I start with a normal 8.5" x 11" piece of paper and trim according to how I want the card to fold. In this case, I wanted a horizontally oriented top fold card, so I cut the paper in half at the 5.5" mark. With a piece of cardstock that is 8.5" x 5.5", I then marked the halfway point on the 8.5" side and creased. Like so:
ok, so I let the Martha Stewart scoring board mark the spot. Super useful tool, so I used it!
Obviously if you don't have a scoring board, this is an easy thing to eyeball. If the fold for some reason doesn't come out 100% even, you can muscle the paper some or even trim it a little to get a perfectly even edge.
Then, because I like rounded corners, I rounded those corners. I have a punch that will do it, but before I bought that punch, I used to just slide something with a rounded edge right up to the corner, trace it, and trim it with scissors. Any port in a storm!
Now the fun part: the layout! Some of my cards have several layers, but sometimes I like to keep it visually simple. I'd already decided that I wanted the eye to be drawn to the cross stitch, so all of these cards would be simpler. In my mind, that means a cross stitch element and a phrase on the cover. After some fun times rearranging and changing my mind and my phrases, I came up with this:
Once I lay things out the way I like them, I like to leave the elements in place as I use them so nothing changes. I've had way too many times of removing them just to never get them quite back to where they were before. The magnets were lined up along the ruler and attached with those tiny glue dots you see right above them. It will be easy to lift the magnet from them and rub any residue off the back.
Now the stamps. I want to tell you a story about a genius idea that other people have probably had.
Once upon a time, in a craft room far, far away, a young woman decided she was way too broke to go buy ink pads. But she had some stamps and she had some markers. She used a marker to color over the stamp. Then, to be on the safe side, she colored over it one more time. She took a deep breath, huffed on the stamp, and pressed it to paper. When she pulled it away, she was thrilled to see it worked! She lived happily ever after!
It's simple enough. I color over the area I want stamped. I don't end up with stray ink on the corners that somehow get pressed to the paper. If it looks a little dry or a little brushstrokey (that's a word now), I color over it again. Then I open my mouth and huff out a hot breath to remoisten it a little (apologies for the visual and to those of you who ended up here via an awkward Google search). I don't know if this idea is good or not, I just know it works for me! But back to the card! This is where we are:
Still using those stamps as place holders, hence the weird F behind the B
Once all the magnets are adhered and all the stamping is done, I'm proud to say that the first card is finished! And not too shabby if I do say so myself!
If you are planning on any Valentine's crafting, I'd love to see it! Leave me a comment telling me where to look!
This whole idea was brought on by my Just Stash January Challenge. Want to know more about Just Stash January? Let me direct you to this post. Leave a comment and I'll add you to the blog roll. Don't have a blog? E-mail me pictures and I'll be happy to share them! I'd love to track it on Twitter and Instagram too! Just throw in a #juststashjanuary so I can see your amazing progress!