Today my cards feature the Beautiful Juliet stamp set and Sweet Juliet die set by Heartfelt Creations. I love the stamp, the beautiful stem and greens with the saying “you are so beautiful to me” along the side. The die set is also wonderful, and you can create so many different kinds of flowers with it. I think that these were released around Valentines’ Day, but they are definitely appropriate for use throughout the entire year. The first card below features both the stamp and the die sets; the second card features only the stamp set.
The Beautiful Juliet stamp is very easy to use. It isn’t too big, so you don’t have any issues with covering large areas, etc. I usually use a green ink for this since it essentially represents the stem and leaves for a flower. For the two samples, I used Memento Olive Grove ink. (The samples on the video used Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.) The important part is to make sure that your stamp block is big enough for the stamp so that you can get a good clear image. I stamped the image on white cardstock cut 2.5” x 4.75”.
The next step is to make the “Sweet Juliet” flower for one of the cards. I cut two pieces for the flower using the largest die in the set. The paper I used was pink metallic vellum. I found that for this particular flower, using something that is lighter in weight and that has a little flexibility works better than, for example, a heavier weight cardstock. This is definitely a die that you want to use waxed paper with to make it easier to remove the cut piece. As you remove the cut image from the die, pull gently and slowly to avoid tearing the paper. Be sure to cut two of the largest flower pieces. Once cut, gently curl each petal upward with your fingers to begin to shape the flower. Assembly is super simple. You just need a larger brad (one that won’t slip through the large holes already cut in the flower). One by one, place each of the petals onto the brad (the brad goes from back to front through the hole), and then the brad goes through the center of the flower. Pause after putting the first flower on the brad (loosely bend the “wings” of the brad to keep the petals from sliding off) and gently straighten out the petals. When you’re happy with the result, re-open the brad and do the same thing with the second flower – this time trying to stagger the petals in between those of the first flower to fill it out a little. When the second flower is on the brad, lightly bend the wings down and adjust the petals of both flowers so that they coordinate together. When you’re satisfied with the result, tighten the brad. Attach the Sweet Juliet flower to the card with a little Scor-Tape. Please see the short video for some quick tips on using the Beautiful Juliet stamps and the Sweet Juliet die set.
The “heart” flower is just as easy to build. I started with some of the May Arts Ribbon satin cut-out hearts. These are sold by the yard, and attached side-by-side. To use them I simply cut off the hearts that I needed, carefully trimming around the side curve. I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of each heart. Start by attaching one heart to the stamped image. For the next heart, slightly overlap it with the first heart, making sure that the points meet. Repeat this with the remaining three hearts (the May Arts hearts are approx. 7/8”) – you’ll need a total of 5 hearts for the large flower. I like to add one more heart where the three leaves meet below.
I kept the cards themselves simple so that the attention would be focused on the stamp and die sets. The background layer is cut 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 sized). The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”. I attached the patterned paper to the background layer with ¼” Scor-Tape. I attached the stamped panel with the “heart” flower to the card also using Scor-Tape. The final steps are to add the ribbon, and then attach the card front to a card base. Super quick and easy!
Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet stamp set
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet die set
Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Large decorative brad
Cardstock – a solid and pattern for the layers, white for stamping the flower
Metallic vellum – for the Sweet Juliet flower
May Arts Ribbon – red satin hearts (approx. 7/8” high – sold by the yard)
Ink – I used Memento Olive Grove (Bamboo Leaves in the video)
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – ¼”
Ribbon – I used white with a shiny edge
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!