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Accordion Tri-Fold Card, Valentine Style

I couldn’t help but revisit the accordion tri-fold card design that I showed you late last year, and update it with the From My Heart suite! (I am using the 3-1/2 x 5 version that I linked instead of the swap version, which measured 2-3/4 x 5-1/2.)

What do you do, really, when you realize it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you only ordered the paper for the new suite? Use the previous year’s dies. The hearts are not quite the same shape, so I had to stick with adding die cuts to the paper, rather than using the dies to die-cut the paper… (I also came across a retired heart punch. It *may* work, although the point of the heart is sharper, meaning it curves in. The new heart punches have a more straight point.)

Stamp: Meant to Be, Lined Alphabet

Ink: Real Red, Real Red Blends combo, Cherry Cobbler Blends dark, Flirty Flamingo Blends dark

Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, Vellum, From My Heart specialty DSP

Accessories: Stitched Be Mine dies, From My Heart faceted gems

In order for the heart to stand out a bit from the background, I added a bigger heart die-cut from vellum. I also mixed up the color of the scallops and heart, as compared to the background. Another way I made the heart stand out was to use dimensionals. I also wanted the scallop border to stand out a bit, so I stacked two together. The end result looks like the heart is puffy.

On the inside, I couldn’t think of a four-letter sentiment (besides love). I decided to leave one of the four accordion panels undecorated, and added a sentiment across the remaining three.

I stamped the letters from Lined Alphabet stamp set and colored them with a gradient. I had to use Dark Cherry Cobbler as my color darker than Real Red, instead of light. Weird, right? Instead of cutting out the dot for the “i”, I used a faceted gem instead.

Oh, and the stamped heart is from Meant to Be, in Real Red. Originally, it’s a striped heart on Whisper White. It looked out of place with the letters. So, I opted to color over with a Flirty Flamingo Blends dark.

I also used the Real Red Blends dark to color the edges of the letters and the stamped heart. Getting rid of the little bit of white showing really makes a difference.

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A stamper that also fell in love with paper over 20 years ago. That love affair has never really ended. Oh, and I'm happily married and work a crazy schedule.

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