I have been working on a couple of big projects today- one in particular will keep me pretty busy for a while.... I needed to take a bit of a break, so I picked up the trial heart cut I made last week when the Spring Mini carts arrived from Mandy at Scrappy-Go-Lucky. Mandy also sent me some etching cream, Cricut stencil material and Cricut embossing folder kit to create some Design Team projects for the Scrappy-Go-Lucky blog. I'll be posting the projects over the next few months.
Here is the heart I cut from the Love Struck cartridge. They are all so pretty - it is very hard to choose a favorite.
I cut the heart at four inches and thought about adding some gems but this heart has a "folk" quality to it and I didn't think the bling was right for the look of the heart. I wanted more of a Scandinavian, homespun feeling.
I chose a plain white A2 card and then cut a layer just a bit smaller than the top (5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches) and embossed it with the Harlequin Cuttlebug folder. This gave it a graphic quited look.
I inked the edges lightly with the "Lipstick Red" ink in this set of Color Box cat's eyes chalk inks.
When I adhere an embossed piece to a card front, I put the adhesive on the card front. I have learned that if you use the ATG gun or even a tape runner to apply the adhesive to the embossed piece you can flatten the embossing and detract from the effect on the final card.
Lots and lots of white dots outlining many of the hearts gave the cut the "spark" it needed.
When I was finished with all of the pen dots, I added foam squares to give the card some dimension. You need to use the smaller size and pay attention to the placement so they won't show on the front.
The raised heart creates a shadow and makes the card more substantial. It will still fit in an envelope easily.
As I mentioned a few days ago, the heart cuts on this cartridge are so intricate and appealing that you can make a quick and simple card without the need for lots of extra embellishment. If you missed the post with the screen shots and my first "Love Struck"card, here is a LINK.
I haven't started working with the other two cartridges yet (Easter and Mother's Day) but I would definitely recommend that you take a good look at this cartridge - I think you will be "Love Struck" too!