Friday, July 16, 2010

A Happy Heart Class

This is the second class project that I submitted to Stampin Up!
as part of their Demonstrator Challenge series a couple of years ago, to write class projects following the monthly theme they gave us. The winner received a free stamp set, but we all won by seeing many wonderful class ideas shared by generous Demonstrators. Although there was usually only a single winner, several Demonstrators had their projects published to the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Web Site - I was lucky enough to have several of my projects posted, but never actually won. This card and treat bag idea was the second idea I submitted - and it was published !

The first project was the candy bar wrap/gift card holder I posted here; final project I submitted was the Bella Pets Scrapbook Wall Art project that I have previously posted here.

A Happy Heart stamp set
1/2 sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" Riding Hood Red card stock (4-1/4" x 11")
1/2 sheet of Shimmery White card stock (5-1/2" x 8-1/2")
1 Whisper White envelope
1 cellophane bag (4" x 6")
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad
24" Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon
Scallop Edge punch
Word Window punch
Paper-piercing tool or 1/16" Circle punch
Hobby Blade
Stampin’ Dimensionals (I used 10)
Plain white address labels (I used Avery 5160)
Nugget type of candy
Heart shaped template, such as using On Board pieces or perhaps a heart shaped die from our Big Shot (the heart stencil I used is approximately 3" wide x 3-1/4" tall).

Wishing You a Happy Heart Card
1. Fold the Riding Hood Red card stock in half, creating a landscape 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card that opens from the right side, fold on left.
2. Cut a piece of the Shimmery White card stock 4" x 5-1/2".
3. Use the Scallop Edge punch on the left 4" side of Shimmery White card stock.
4. Use the paper-piercing tool or the 1/16" Circle punch to create a small hole in the center of each scallop.
5. Trace the heart shaped On Board piece or use a die (or make your own template) to create a heart window slightly off center towards the right side of the Shimmery White piece that you put the scallop edge on. If you trace a pattern, you will want to trace on the reverse side of the Shimmery White then cut the heart out carefully with a Hobby Blade. The heart shaped piece that you remove will be used on the cellophane treat bag project.
6. Stamp “Wishing you a happy heart” in Whisper White Craft ink onto the Riding Hood Red card stock so that it will show through the heart shaped window cutout.
7. Tie Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon (approximately 15") around the left side of the Shimmery White card stock. Make a simple knot type bow and trim.
8. Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals as needed to the backside of the Shimmery White card stock, then adhere to the Riding Hood Red card front, centering it so a hint of red edge shows evenly all the way around the white.
9. Decorate the envelope using Riding Hood Red ink and other stamps from the set.
10. This card will probably require extra postage; the postmaster at my local branch had me add extra postage.
Notes: Use a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to adhere to the inside of the card so that your sentiments show up when you sign the card OR use White Signo Gel Pens/ White Craft ink for use on the Riding Hood Red card stock. White Stampin’ Emboss powder rather than Whisper White Craft Ink would really pop on the Riding Hood Red card stock. Add a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter to the tiny heart shaped flower parts for a fun accent!

Cellophane Candy Bag
1. Stamp address labels with Riding Hood Red ink, put aside to make sure the ink dries before being handled when wrapping the candies.
2. Cut a 3/8" wide piece of Shimmery white card stock from a 4-1/4" edge. Stamp “Happy Valentine’s Day” in Riding Hood Red ink on this card stock strip.

3. Place the strip into the Word Window punch, threading one end up and through the opening so that when you punch it, just the end to the left of the saying will be punched, rounding it off. You can leave the end that is sticking out cut straight, make a pointy tail, or round it off too.
4. Stamp the large heart in Riding Hood Red ink on the scrap piece of Shimmery White card stock and trim out.
5. Layer the saying strip on top of the stamped heart with the large heart cutout from the card project underneath. Lay them so you will be able to punch through all three at once I layered them so they would all match in the upper left of the largest heart. Use the larger hole on the Crop-A-Dile to punch. Thread a 9" piece of Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon through this so it can be tied onto the cellophane bag. *The layered tag idea was inspired by the tag on the Art Show project from the November 2008 Stampin’ Success.
6. Wrap the labels around nugget type candies, place into the cellophane bag then tie shut with the tag/ribbon. You may wish to put a bit of red tissue paper or red crinkle basket filler in the base of the cellophane bag before putting in the candy.

Thanks for looking !

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