Yesterday, I decided to play with the ladybird punch and matching stamp set Hello Ladybug for today’s card. I saw the idea for using hearts on the wings on Pinterest so my first job was to see if I had a punch or die to create some small hearts. My first find was the retired Dog Punch but I felt the heart was a bit big for what I wanted although I would have used it if I hadn’t found something smaller. I also found the retired Snowman Builder Punch but my best find was the die in the Pets Dies. The die has been designed so that it can be used to die-cut paw silhouettes from the card base or a layer – the punched out shrapnel produces three different size hearts plus some small oval shapes. The size of the hearts are ideal for this card!
After I had made my two ladybirds using Real Read and Basic Black Cardstock (CS) I needed to decide how I was going to use them. I started with a card base of Basic Black CS and two middle layers of Real Red CS. My plan for the top layer was to use a black and white design from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is available in the current Annual Catalogue as a Hostess Gift. The reverse of all the sheets in this pack are black and white designs but I couldn’t decide which one to choose.
I changed direction and started to plan how I was going to use the ladybirds. The hearts on the wings was ideal for a Valentine’s Day card so I decided I either wanted a heart or some greenery. There is a large leaf in the stamp set which I could have stamped and which would have been very easy to fussy cut. I also went through my punches and dies looking for a heart. As soon as I saw the heart die in the Floral Heart Dies, I knew that was exactly what I wanted. After I had die-cut the heart using Granny Apple Green DSP, I took out my Pattern Party DSP again and checked the designs with the die-cut heart to see which black and white design would look best. I had already adhered the two Real Red CS middle layers to the card base so it was easy to slide each design on top and pop the Granny Apple Green die-cut on top. Surprisingly, I didn’t think any design really popped!
Next I tried the Hearts & Home DSP – the back of all of these designs are grey and white with various designs of wood. They all looked good so I chose the design that’s on the back of the design I like least in that pack of DSP! LOL! The stamp set that matches the Floral Hearts Dies has two sentiments I wanted to use. The first one I wanted was BE MY VALENTINE and the second one was YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART. I wanted this second sentiment to go in the middle of the heart. I used my Stamparatus to stamp both sentiments on a piece of Basic White CS. Using the floral heart die again, I die-cut the main sentiment and cut around the line sentiment which is curved – unfortunately I couldn’t find a suitable die but I’m happy with how it looks. I popped the line sentiment and the heart up on Dimensionals Then I used Black Dimensionals on the ladybird’s lower halves so their heads are on the heart and their shoulders are resting one on the other!
I finished the front of the card by adding some red resin hearts leftover from last year’s Mini Catalogue. If I didn’t have those, I would have die-cut some red ones using the small die in the Pets Dies. Before I added the DSP top layer inside my card, I used My Stamparatus to stamp the ladybird from the stamp set in the bottom right-hand corner. It’s a two-step stamp set and I stamp the red on the ladybird’s body by hand using Real Red Ink.
I like most flying coloured insects – I say most because I’m trying to omit things like flies, gnats, mosquitoes and such like! LOL – like ladybirds, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. especially when it comes to cardmaking! If you treat yourself to the Ladybug Bundle (stamp set and punch) 157699, the Heart & Home DSP (157928) and a packet of Black Dimensionals (150893) you will be able to choose a Sale-a-bration gift. (Please double-check the prices of these products in your market if you’re in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada).
That’s about it from me today. I’m off to have my nails done and then I’m meeting Vicki for lunch. Take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Basic Card Cardstock Measurements: A4 (Metric) US
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.6cm) US 8½” x 5½”
Scored and folded at 4⅛” (10.5cm) US 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3⅞” x 5½” (9.9cm x 14cm) US 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5⅜” (9.6cm x 13.7cm) US 3⅞” x 5⅛”
PRODUCTS USED for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for JANUARY 2022 is WAZ9TG9Y Thank you. xx