Tuesday 4 February 2014

Be Still My Pleated Heart Card!

Apologies for the pun title, but I think you will forgive me when you see how pretty the pleated background looks on this heart card (I hope so anyway!).

And it fits perfectly with the Valentine theme over at an Oldie But A Goodie Challenge this fortnight.  My "oldies" are my designer papers, card and gems, which I have combined with my brand new Indulgence Affections Dies from Tonic Studios. 

Card Recipe:

Paper and Card: Textured, Prima, Stardream
Tools: Tonic Studios Affections Square Heart Base, Affections Heart On Mother's Day, Pillow Box Die and SentimentsScallop Layering Squares, Grand Calibur 
Embellishments: flatback pearls and crystals

How to Create the Pleated Heart Focal Point

The focal point for this card is the pleated background to the central heart section. To achieve this, I first die cut and embossed my patterned paper using the following sequence:
  1. Die cut and emboss outer two detail dies from Affections Square Heart Base (but not the edge dies), outer detail and inner heart edge dies from Affections Heart On Mother's Day
  2. Remove dies and waste, then cut out the outer edge using the largest scallop layering square
  3. Die cut a piece of pink stardream paper using the outer edge cutting die from the Affections Square Heart Base
  4. Carefully position and adhere the patterned paper to the pink stardream backing paper.  Resit the inner heart edge die into the central section and die cut to create aperture.
  5. Cut two 3.5 cm wide strips of coordinating 15cm patterned paper, score these every 0.6cm and concertina fold.  Adhere the two strips together.  Take the pink "waste" heart die cut from the aperture and coat generously with wet glue.  Push the centre of the concertina strips down onto the glue to form a rosette.  Place a light weight on top of rosette until glue has dried
  6. Apply a thin line of wet glue to the reverse of the heart aperture on the topper and adhere to the rosette.  Apply a double depth of 3D foam tape around the edge of the reverse of topper and mount onto your card.
  7. Decorate with flatback pearls and crystals, and add your die-cut sentiment
I've also subsequently filmed a step-by-step video tutorial on how to make this card from start to finish, just click on the picture below

    Here's one last look at this card.....

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    1. It's stunning Dips! Thanks for joining in the challenge this month.
      DT member for Lothian Crafts.

    2. Wow your card is beautiful! So many wonderful details! Your Pleated Heart is stunning! Thank you so mach for sharing at ABC Challenge! Hugs Julie DT xox

    3. A totally delightful Valentines creation, thank you so much for joining in with our Love is in the Air theme at Allsorts this week.

      B x

    4. Such a clever design and a beautiful card.Love how you've enhanced the heart with the gems.The pleats really draw the eye in.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
      Lisa x

    5. a stunning card, love the pleating, thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz

    6. oh my word dips another amazing card ... and such detailed instructions as always ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

    7. wow this is fantastic love the beautiful paper and intricate die and the pleated heart behind the heart aperture looks brilliant and the gems finish it off perfectly
      carol x

    8. What a stunning card...love the design and the pretty papers....Joolsx

    9. Wow wonderful well done xx hopping on by from DC

    10. It's a stunning card.
      On the hop from DC x

    11. What a supa card....I love the pleated look in the centre of the heart...really really beautiful and very different. Thank you for the great inspiration. Just popped over from DC Sharon xx

    12. What a stunning piece of work - fabulous!

    13. Gorgeous card, just hopping by.

    14. Hi dips, love your card and love the title too! Really great, and so different for a valentines card. I really should try and get my arse in gear and make one v soon lol, maddy x

    15. My goodness this is gorgeous. I would love to be able to make something like this.

    16. Wow Dips! This is an absolute stunner of a card. So gorgeous and detailed.
      Heike xx

    17. hi ya my little blogging bud ... have already commented on your super card ... but just wanted to pop by and say a big thank you for visiting me today and leaving a lovely message ... have a great week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

    18. Fabulous card - love the pleated heart
      Linda x

    19. Stunning card, really pretty colours and the detail is amazing - it must have taken you ages to set all the embellishments in place. And a big thank you for the tutorial x

    20. Stunning project :D

    21. Love it, so pretty! Happy leapblogging, have a good week! Elaine-xxx-

    22. Thank you so much for the step by step I am making this card! Its is so beautiful!!! I just love it. Really got me inspired to use my tonic dies.


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