I did have a project all lined up to work on as soon as I could get back into my sewing room. However I decided instead to work on some Valentines Day cards. I figured with the amount of pain killers that I am taking if I screwed up a card or 2 who cares! If I screwed up on my daughters birthday gift I will be mad at myself.
I also took the opportunity to play with my new camera while doing this project and took pictures of all the steps along the way. Which means you get a Valentines Day Card tutorial (of sorts!) This was a good project for me because I could do stuff in 15minute increments. What normally would have taken me a couple hours took me 4 days!
All of the materials used were from my giant stash of stuff in my sewing room.
|I cut card stock into Postcard size pieces to fit into my small envelopes|
|I next used some of my stamps to make all over background designs on the cards|
|To add some extra visual interest I added some areas of embossing|
|embossing powder being applied|
|I then hold the cards over an iron set on highest setting with no steam, this melts the powder together giving the raised embossed effect.|
|The cards with the embossed details.|
|I then pulled out some trims from my giant box of trims to play with.|
|I used an old remnant piece of grey fabric with a sheen to it, ironed on some heavy duty interfacing on the back to make it stiff and then started by layering pieces of cut trims over it until I was happy with the layered effect.|
|Trims sewn on in rows.|
|I used a clear foot on my machine so I could see where I was sewing on some of the smaller pieces of trim.|
|With all the trims sewn on, I them flipped the piece over and applied some leftover pieces of heat 'n bond. I traced the heart shapes onto the paper backing and cutout 4 heart shapes.|
|I then peeled off the paper backing and with the iron set to a low heat with no steam I ironed the hearts onto the cards. I ironed them from the back. The dry heat kept the cards from curling.|
|The cards with the different hearts applied using Heat'n Bond|
|I then added various trims to the edges using Tacky glue applied with a toothpick as well as a couple extra paper cutouts.|
|When the glue was dried I trimmed off the edges, wrote my notes on the cards and stuffed them into the little envelopes which I decorated with small punch hearts.|
|All set and ready to mail! I even stamped the back with my monogram.|
As you can see these cards are an adorable way to use up some trims as well as to say 'I love you' to some very special people! I only have 4 cards... It will be a surprise to see who gets them in the mail :)