Wonderful Word Bubbles for a I Love You Card

Today I have to share a card that I created for a set of Pictogram Punches stamp set focused display board cards for our Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration convention board.  I knew I had to get this set when I first saw it in the catalog, but when I had to create 4 different cards AND make sure they were cute enough to have on display next to some other very talented ladies… well, I knew I had to get creative.  And somehow this came out:

YAY!  Isn’t it a fun card?  I often feel like I’m in a design rut when I’m staring at stamps and cardstock on my craft table and so I always get excited when I get my brain going in a totally different direction and something that isn’t a hot mess comes out! Winking smile

Insight into the design process for this card:

  1. I started out with the idea that it would be fun to use the Word Bubble framelits (which by the way happen to be one of the dies that you can get FREE or discounted this month with the Big Shot special… just saying!)
    Anyway, I knew I wanted to use the framelits, but I had to use the Pictogram Punches stamp set, so I set out figuring out which image would work and I liked how the I {heart} U image looked and fit in the squarish word bubble.  So that settled that as my central image.
  2. Then I decided to use more word bubbles to emphasis my sentiment.
    So I pulled them all out and started experimenting with how to layer them together.  I ended up with something like this:

  3. Awesome…. now to figure out paper.
    I decided to use the Back to Black designer paper since I wouldn’t have to worry about it being too busy color-wise.  I could just focus on mixing and matching patterns.  I pulled out all the papers and picked 4 patterns that I thought would work in the small format of the die cuts and would go together ok.
  4. Somewhere in here I decided that I needed to add some texture to the card… either that or I had an extra piece of Sahara Sand that had already been embossed with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder and I decided to use that.
    I have a tendancy to do that… see something laying on my desk and jamming it into whatever project I’m working on at the moment.  You might say I’m desperate to use up scraps that I can’t bear to recycle or toss!
  5. I also thought that I needed a pop of color to break up the black and white, so here comes the Silver Baker’s Twine and then a splash of Real Red taffeta ribbon.
  6. Then I started putting down my die cut pieces.  Here is what it looks like before the sentiment got added.
    Yeah, I’m too lazy to actually trim off parts of the word bubbles so they just get flipped around so extra bits are hidden by the main sentiment. Smile

  7. Finally, I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using my Word Bubble framelits.  And for a final touch of color, I stamped again with Real Red ink and punched out the heart using the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack and layered that on top with yet another dimensional.


Each card is like a puzzle, you just have to keep moving and turning the pieces until they suddenly all fit!  Eventually – and with a big enough hammer – they will fit for you. Smile

And if you want to try this at home, don’t miss out on getting these framelits and the Somethin’ Somethin’ stamp set for FREE with the purchase of a BigShot or get the bundle for 15% off through the end of the month.


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