Hiya, we are getting closer and closer to Valentines day and you might have noticed that the cards that I have done for you for Valentines I have tried, on the whole, to keep as cards that could be used for other romantic occasions such as anniversaries, just because and even birthdays for you loved ones. This one is no exception and includes elements from Martha Stewart, Anna Griffin, American Crafts and Pinflair:

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The base of this card was my favourite kind – a 6″ x 6″ square card made from a pale blue textured American Crafts (AC) 12″ x 12″ cut down the middle to create a 6″ x 12″ and then scored to create the 6″ x 6″.  I then matted and layered with the gorgeous Create and Craft holographic card cut at  5 3/4 ” x 5 3/4″.  Next I took a piece of aqua / turquoise AC card and cut it to 5 5/8″ square but did not yet add it to the front of the card. I then cut a piece of white AC card to 5 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ (approx) and then a pale green piece to 5 5/8″ by no particular height at this point as I knew I was going to punch it and it is always safer to cut the final height after you have punched as different punches will punch at different depths. I punched using a gorgeous Martha Stewart punch, then cut it so the edge of the punching lined up with the the top of the white, stuck it down and cut the excess pale green card from the bottom of the white, leaving the white card with a lovely lacy green top piece.  Next I found a piece of complimentary ribbon to which I added a pin flair border sticker. I made a knotted ‘bow’ from the ribbon ready to add later when I had determined where the sticker would be. Finally before adding the white / pale green piece to the main card I added brads to the corners of the white also in pale green.  Then using my Pinflair Glue Gel I added this whole white / green piece to the front of the card, although I didn’t give it any extra height with the gel glue it just meant where there were different levels due to the brad and ribbon etc, it would sit flat instead of one bit lower than the other cos you had to push it down to make it stick, plus of course that makes a risk of the whole thing coming off whereas the Pinflair not only makes it sit flat and fills in the gaps where the ribbon isn’t etc, it is a very strong glue. I have had handmade cards sent to me from companies showing their products for e.g. and they arrive to me with bits already fallen off! I couldn’t bear that so that is why I am always very generous with glue. I think its the one thing you should not be stingy with 🙂

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Anyway once the glue gel had gone off a bit – about 15 mins (although I would leave overnight before posting but 15 mins approx is enough for you to carry on working), I then added the Anna Sticker and the ‘bow’ .

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Then as a final touch 3 buttons at the top right corner of the card, to add interest and visual balance to the card.  Again I used my Glue Gel.

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So I hope you like this Martha Stewart Valentine Bliss Button Card and although its not a traditional Valentine card I think it could be used for that as well as other occasions too. So as usual I send you all hugs and wish you a happy happy craft day,

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Amanda Evans

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