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How to Create a Heartfelt Appreciation Card for your Dearest Friends

Heartfelt Appreciate Card

Creating a heartfelt appreciation card for your dearest friends is a fun and exciting way to share your talents.

Many enjoy sending handmade cards to their friends “just because”. If you enjoy stamping and creating scenes, then you just have to create your own masks for your images. With a mask you can stamp and color overlapping images and color each image individually. This gives the illusion the images are truly sitting in front or behind each other creating a more realistic scene. You can save masks for future use as well!

Valentine’s Day may be over, but you can show appreciation for your loved ones all year round! The cute little bears from ‘36022-Bear Hugs Enclosed Set‘[ will be used in the card below. Let’s get started!

  • First, select the background paper, then find coordinating colors to match. For Dominique’s card, she used the scribble love paper from ‘2201-Heart Strings Paper Pad‘. This love script is really fun and cute! Dominique then selected some red foil cardstock and black glossy cardstock from her collection.
  • Dominique cut the patterned paper down to 3 3/4″ x 5″. She cut the glossy black cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and cut the red foil paper down to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and used the smallest scalloped frame from ‘5500-01D-Inside Scallop Frame Die‘ for the red foiled frame.
  • Next, Dominique choose the cute little bears from ‘36022-Bear Hugs Enclosed Set‘ to color. She wanted to show as much of the patterned paper as possible, so she stamped the little bears onto vellum paper. Before stamping, she determined the placement for where both little bears and the sentiment were going to go. Since one of the bears was going to overlap the other bear, she created a mask. She did this by stamping the image onto masking paper, then cut it out using the coordinating die ‘36022D-Bear Hugs Enclosed Die‘ or by fussy cutting. Set the mask aside.
  • Treat the vellum with an anti-static tool and then stamp the first bear. Sprinkle some embossing powder on the image and heat emboss. Dominique felt this extra step of embossing was necessary to prevent the black ink from smearing.
  • Once cooled, cover the first bear with the mask. Then stamp on the second bear and sentiment. Sprinkle some embossing powder on the images and heat emboss.
  • Next, flip over your vellum images. The back side (the side without the raised embossed lines) will be colored. Dominique likes to color on the back of vellum for a smoother final look. She did some very simple coloring on these using only five Copics; T3, T5, and RV04 for the bears and G14 for the grass.
  • Next, she added double sided tape to the back of the red frame and then adhered it to the vellum. Then she cut off the excess.
  • Now, Dominique is going to add a layer of foam tape to the back of her frame. Then she added double sided tape to the backs of her paper layers. Once complete, she assembled all the pieces.
  • After Dominique assembled her card panel, she felt there was too much empty space between the the bears. So she stamped one of the heart images from ‘36022-Bear Hugs Enclosed Set‘, and colored it. Again, simple coloring here using only two Copics; G46 and R46. She cut the heart out and then adhered it between the two bears with some double sided tape.
  • For the finishing touches, she used Glossy Accents on all of the hearts and also to the script love writing. She then sprinkled on a little bit of glitter onto the hearts before the glossy accents dried.
  • For the final step, she adhered her card panel to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base and she was done! This is a super cute card! Good job!

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