Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I hope you have lots of hugs, kisses and chocolate today and celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones! My honey is out of town (WAH!) and so I'm planning a pity party for myself....not really (ok, maybe I was but I have to quit that foolishness!). Actually, my parents and I are going to have a nice lunch together and then hopefully, I'll have some fun with my kids, after school.
Today's card was made using the new Yudu Cardshop, on sale at HSN exclusively. Basically, the Yudu is a large screen printing machine and the Yudu Cardshop is a mini version of the regular sized Yudu. Screen printing on the Yudu Cardshop can be done on a variety of materials, such as paper, fabric, canvas, etc.
The first thing I did after opening up the Yudu Cardshop that Provocraft sent was to watch the enclosed DVD. It was fantastic - clear, concise and that Jinger Adams is such a skilled teacher! The screen printing was much easier than I thought it would be. I used the birdcage screen and despite it's detailed image, the ink went onto the card with no problems.
Now, the mat you adhere the card to, during printing, is VERY sticky. Had I realized how sticky it was, I would have pressed the mat up to a t-shirt or towel just to reduce the stickiness. Why? Because the card wanted to permanently bend when I removed it. So, you'll see below that I cut it down and matted it to help with that problem. One other tip is to wash those screens out PRONTO or the ink can dry and they will be ruined. They warn of this on the DVD so just be careful.
I used some blue chalk ink to give it some depth. I also used My Creative Time's "p.s. I Love you" stamp from her "You had Me at Chocolate" stamp set. I am in love with these stamps! So darn cute! The heart is actually cut from Plantin Schoolbook at 1/2". I used an embossing folder (Sizzix) and ran it through the Cuttlebug for the card front (card is sized at 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Love that Cuttlebug - it's small footprint makes it easy to have right in reach on the desk! Satin ribbon is from Michaels.
As you can see, the satin ruffle does add some depth to the card so I would use a large envelope for this card. The ruffle reminds me of a garter and so then I started thinking this could turn into a wedding card, with a different sentiment. The birdcage inside is just one layer from the Serenade cartridge. I cut it at 3-1/2". I kept it unlayered to mirror the front images.
Now, onto a quick project I made tonight for my son's Valentine Party tomorrow. My son wanted printed Valentines so we went with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I just taped on a lollipop to each one and called it good (hence no photo...). But, the school also wanted a bag or box. I didn't want anything too girly and so thought this bag would be perfect (also nice and simple...).
I used the Street Sign cartridge and cut his name at 2-1/2" with regular and shadow feature keys. The heart is from Plantin Schoolbook again. A quick strip of ribbon from Stampin Up! and matting the background and I was done. Zip, zip! I am hoping he actually will attend the party. As you may know, he has high functioning autism and sometimes these parties are a bit much for him so we'll see.
Have a great day, my sweet Valentines! Thank you so much for reading my blogs and being so encouraging and wonderful! HUGS!
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