Friday, January 7, 2011

Paper Pups Valentine Card

As I was putting away my Christmas decorations I realized that Valentine's Day is only a month away. I need to start my projects now in order to have them finished by the holiday.

Brittany gave me the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge for Christmas. I absolutely love this cartridge and wanted to use it to make a Valentine's card for my husband. Since I'm learning to speak French I decided to use a French phrase rather than a traditional Valentine's Day phrase. I typed Mon coeur t'appartient (My heart belongs to you) in Microsoft Word and printed it out on white paper.

Directions For Paper Pups Valentine Card:

Cricut Paper Pups cartridge
Prima Flowers-Spring Assortment
Cuttlbug Swiss Dots embossing folder and embossing machine
White, dark grey, light grey, pale pink and medium pink and scraps of green and pink patterned card stock
Sheer white ribbon
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Deep Edge Punch and Rose Leaf punch
White Lace trim
Green Ink

1. Fold a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 inch card stock in half lengthwise.

2. Using the Cricut Paper Pups cartridge press the birthday dog and black out keys. Cut the dog at 2 inches out of white card stock. Press the birthday dog key and cut the outline of the dog out of light grey card stock. Press the shift key and the love dog key and cut the hearts out of medium pink card stock. Assemble the dog.

3. Punch a strip of eyelet lace out of white card stock (the length of the card stock) using the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch.

4. Dip the eyelet lace card stock in coffee to age it. I saved the coffee grounds from my morning coffee and poured boiling water over them to make the coffee for this project. I poured the coffee in a shallow baking pan and soaked the card stock for 10 minutes. I carefully removed the wet card stock and laid it on a paper towel to dry. I repeated the process (3 times) until the card stock had an aged look. Let the card stock dry thoroughly.

5. Place a piece of pale pink card stock in the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and emboss it. Cut the card stock to 3 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high. Lightly sand the surface to highlight the dots. Attach the dog to the card stock using foam dots. Glue the hearts above the dog's head.

6. Cut a piece of dark grey card stock 3 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/4 inches high. Cut a piece of medium pink card stock 4 inches wide by 5 inches high. Rotate the grey card stock to the left and glue on top of the medium pink card stock. Attach the pale pink card stock to the grey card stock with foam dots.

7. After the eyelet lace card stock dries glue it to the center of the white card stock card. Center the framed dog image on the card and glue it over the eyelet lace.

8. Using Microsoft Word and the Casalon 540 font at 18, type Mon coeur t'apparient and print it out on white paper. Trim the greeting to 2 1/4 inches wide by 3/4 inch high. Cut a piece of pink patterned card stock 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches high. Center the greeting on the pink patterned card stock and glue it in place. Place the greeting in the upper left hand side of the card and angle it so the right edge of the patterned card stock rests on the eyelet lace. Glue in place.

9. Tie a small bow with the sheer white ribbon. Glue the bow to the top left corner of the pink patterned card stock.

10. Punch two rose leaves out of green card stock, using the Martha Stewart Rose Leaf paper punch. Ink the edges of each leaf to give it some dimension. Glue a pink Prima Flowers Rose to the eyelet lace near the bottom of the card. Glue the rose leaves just under the rose.

11. Cut a piece of lace the length of the card. Tuck the lace under the front of the card so that only the edge of the lace shows. Glue in place.