Friday, January 15, 2010

Love Struck Couple (mini cart review)

I made this simple card with one of the images on the new "Love Struck" cartridge.  I am so impressed with this cartridge.  It is a seasonal "mini" cartridge and available only while supplies last.  There are 27 images (18 with shadows) and four 3D items.  If you like intricate details,  I think this is a cartridge you will want to add to your collection.

There are no special features since this a mini cartridge.  I took some screen shots of the items on this cart to show you - remember you can click on an image to enlarge it.

Here are the first eight hearts on the cartridge. These are incredibly intricate and unique cuts - there is nothing like these on the current cartridges.

This preview shows the same hearts with the shadow layers added in pink.

There are two more hearts with shadows and then some very interesting designs with fantastic detail.  I have been cutting these at 3 1/2 or 4 inches and they are cutting well.

There are a couple more shadowed images and the rest are single layer. 

The word art is fun with a different style - the swirls and hearts are nice additions on "Love" and "Flirt."

Finally, there are a couple of "kid" valentines (a fairy and a pirate), an envelope, a three dimensional heart, a cute mailbox and a flat box with a heart cutout.

I think the delicate heart cuts are reason enough to buy this cartridge (they are similar in complexity to the snowflakes on "When it's Cold Outside"). If you get them soon you will have plenty of time to use these cuts to make some really special Valentines Day cards.

So - back to my quick card.  I used the third heart with the silhouette of a man and woman inside.  I cut the heart and the shadow layer at 3 1/2 inches.

The cut is so pretty that I did not want to overpower it with a lot of extra bells and whistles on the card.  I wanted an old fashioned look so I chose cream cardstock for the card base.

Last year, I picked up some of these packs of 4 x 6 paper mats (4 each of 8 designs) for 99 cents at Michael's.  The paper is by Making Memories and is part of the "Autumn Splendor" collection.

While several of the papers are clearly autumn papers, these three in particular can be used for many other purposes.  I chose the one with the writing to put behind my silhouette conversation heart.  (On close examination, the words do make a few mentions of autumn, but I don't think anyone will read it that closely!)

I cut 3/4 of  an inch from the short end of the paper mat so I had a 4 x 5 1/4 inch layer for my A2 card.  I inked the edges of the layer and the edges of the ivory card slightly with medium brown ink.

I adhered the shadow to the heart and then used foam squares to raise it up from the card front.

This was a quick card to make - once I decided on the background paper to use.  I could add a stamped greeting or a word cut to the front, but I will most likely just leave it as it is - simple and elegant, with a handwritten note inside.

I am looking forward to making some more complicated projects with these cuts - I hope that I will have some time this weekend to work on them.  Enjoy the long weekend - most people around here go skiing but we will be cozy at home!


  1. Oh MY!!! This is simply stunning! I love this new cartridge. I think this is a must have cartridge and I hope I can afford it before it disappears! You have done an amazing job with this and I always adore your work and your tutorials.

  2. Diane, I love this card! It's amazing, and the paper is to-die-for. I just received that cart and what an incentive to get started with it!

    As always, thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you, Diane!! This means SO much more than looking at the back of the box (or plastic packaging)!!


  4. Your card is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the cuts w us!


  5. This is such a pretty card. TFS


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