Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Masculine Valentine

Let's face it, it's hard to make just the right Valentine for a guy...sure, I love to add hearts and lace and dangling keys - but those details are just wasted on my dear hubby!

So, this one might just do the trick. I bought a book with this pattern for a envelope card probably 5 years ago - maybe more! That's how long I've been wanting to give it a try. I finally sat down, copied the pattern, and voila! It's really pretty easy and its so unique that it really makes an impression.

Closed: Belly Band holds it shut


Here are some tricks I learned along the way...

I used a long strip of masking tape to mark one of the grooves on the scor made it easier not to accidently skip a groove and get on the wrong track when I was scoring a long section.

Another important tip. Don't line up the edge of the paper with the edge of the groove. Instead, center the edge of the paper in the center of the groove - this ensures that your score line lays properly for the fold, otherwise it's too far out. I hope that makes sense!

I also discovered (yup, it took me a few steps to get here!) that I could lay and tape all the layers down and then just cut them all at once with my need a little snip in the two corners with scissors because 3 layers is pushing it but it worked!

My dog is stamped on patterned paper, I colored in the heart with a colored pencil and then cut him out. Quick and easy!

Card Materials: all stamps and paper from The Angel Company
Stamps: Bad to the Bone
Accessories: Reece Soar with it Collection, Kraft cardstock, nestabilities, red colored pencil


Angela aka disneychick said...

Very cute! I look forward to making this one!

Juliet A said...

This is cool in all the ways that a man might appreciate - great idea!

Trudy Osborn said...

I LOVE the is perfect!!!