Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Love and Kisses
Every year I make home made Valentine Cards for all the woman in my family. I guess this started way back when my kids were in nursery school and the kids and I made Valentine Cards to give to their friends. I made ones to give to my sister and mom.
Each year I come up with a new design and the process of finding designs is always on going. When ever I see a design that I like, I copy it and put it in a file on my computer. I wish I had thought of the idea of Pinerest, I have been doing that idea for years, only on my computer.
Anyway, here is this years Valentine along with a little tutorial. Happy Valentine’s to YOU, dear reader. Love and Kisses from me.
The years card is a take on “paper cut” designs. I found a design that I thought was fun, I had to alter it a bit as each of the centers of these cards is only 3.5” x 3.5”. I used all my gorgeous hand dyed fused fabric scraps to create 12 cards this year for the woman in my family. I have a special on the website with four of my favorite red fabrics. I hope you check it out.
2. Peel off the release paper from the fused fabric. Use the release paper and an extra fine sharpie marker
to trace a pattern to cut.
3. Place the marker side of the tracing on the fused side of the fabric and press with a hot dry iron.
4. Fold the fabric in half at fold mark and cut out a rough heart shape slightly larger than the design.
5. Place a rolled up piece of scotch tape between the two sides of the heart to hold them together while you cut out the design.
6. Using VERY sharp SMALL embroidery scissors cut around the design on the release paper. (Usually I take the paper off before cutting, the marker will transfer to the back of the fused fabric, but because the design is so intricate it is easier to cut with the paper on.)
7. Peel the paper off of the cut heart shape and open it up. Place the cut heart shape on top of another piece of fused fabric that is a different color.
8. Fuse the cut out heart shape to the second fabric.
9. Fold the second fabric in half and cut it out in a heart shape about 1/2 inch bigger than the cut design.
10. Open up the second heart shape and place on the backside of a rotary mat, using a decorative blade in your rotary cutter cut around the heart shape to give it a decorative edge.
11. Place the two fused together heart shapes on a preprinted card and press with a hot dry iron. (My cards are 4" x 6” the same size as the slot in my printer for photo paper. I used word to create word art that I printed onto the cards before I fused the hearts to them.)
12. Cut around the outside edge of the card stock with a decorative blade in your rotary cutter.
13. Sign the card and place in an envelope and mail to your special Valentine.
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