To Sir, With Love

Stampin up always happy heart

It reminds me of a tuxedo.  That's why this tone on tone glossy black stripe from Stampin' Up!'s new Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series paper was perfect for my husband's valentine.  The addition of Real Red and Very Vanilla keep the image of "love" going, but not too frilly for a guy.  Click here for all my masculine card samples (otherwise under the category "You've Got Male" on the left side bar).

The heart stamp is from Always, heat embossed in black on Real Red card stock, snipped out and propped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.  It's layered over a sentiment from A Happy Heart, jazzed up with a red Circle Rhinestone Brad.

TIP:  The sentiment is "recycled" from a cute candy cello bag with a topper I received from my Stampin' Pretty Pal, Cindy.  Once I gobbled the M&M's inside, I couldn't part with the cute image.  It gets a second chance.  Why not?  Do you ever recycle a part of a card or embellishment? 

I'm especially passionate about the delectabale texture of the Real Red horizontal panel.  It was created in a flash using one of my new Texturz Plates (Texture Plates Kit #4, 114531) and a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine.  I initially looked at the "scratchy" looking plate next to the other cool patterns in the set and thought, "what would I use that one for?"  Well, now I know the handsome textured result and will use it plenty.

TIP:  Want a more defined pattern from your Texturz Plates?  Spritz the card stock with water (I keep a small spritzer handy with my stamping supplies).  Lay the wet side down, facing the texture and proceed with the normal sandwich for Texturz Plates and a Big Shot.  The moisture helps keep the card stock in place–an added bonus.  The damp card stock is "more agreeable" to sneak into every textured crevice as far as possible. 

Four black brads button things up on the side.  TIP:  I use a Paper Piercer and Template from Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit to line them up with precision.  The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 in Very Vanilla.

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Stamp Sets:  A Happy Heart (111758), Always (113620)
Paper:  Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series Paper (114039), Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Real Red (103133), VersaMark (102283)
Cool Tools:  Texturz Plates (114531, Textures Plates Kit #4), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Paper Piercer & Template (104310, Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit), Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch:  Vintage Brads (109109, Black), Circle Rhinestone Brads (109110, Fire), Black Embossing Powder (109133), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


Happy heart


  1. Pretty card and really neat idea about spritzing it with water. I will have to get me a spritzy bottle!

  2. WOW this card just blew me away and made me add two more stamp sets to my cart 🙂

  3. Oh yeah baby! I love that texture! This is a fab card!

  4. This is a great card. I love the colours and textures!

  5. Absolutely Stunning – I can hardly wait to g my new DP, it looks so awesome!!

  6. Beautiful card, Mary! I love how you put everything together! Elegant, yet very simple! I love all of your work!

  7. Chris R. from Iowa

    Stunning! What is the black part? Is it listed and I am too dumb to see it? Another textured piece? Anyway, I love it!

    Hi Chris: The black part is a glossy black stripe from SU’s new Rockbilly Specialty Designer Series Paper. Hugs, Mary

  8. GORGEOUS!! So bold! Love it, love it, love it!

  9. Mary – I love this combo too – this is such a pretty card!!!

  10. This is so pretty…love the color combo!!

  11. Pretty is as pretty does. Outstanding. I love red, black and white. Hubby will love it, no bow. lol

  12. I. too, am very fond of black,white, and red for Valentines, especially for men. And., yes, I also reuse some of my components. I have two papers I hoard for Valentines, my red, white, and black gingham, and black and white check with tiny red hearts . I am thrilled with your “tuxedo” card. So neat, like all of yours. Nancy E

  13. This is an amazing card Mary! I’ve not been “brave” enough yet to cut into my rockabilly paper – it’s just so yummy! Okay – so now I’m inspired – gotta try this card with this paper!!

  14. I ordered that pack Yesterday I CANTTT WAIIIT TO PLAY 🙂 Love your sample!


  15. Another beauty, Mary. I love all the textures you have in your cards and yet they still seem so “clean”. Yes, I *recycle* parts of cards and other items as well. I think it’s fun to see what I can do with them.

  16. Wow! This is beautiful. I love the heart & the new DSP.

    Julie A.

  17. colleen kramer

    Sigh. If only you had a button on your site to feel all the glorious texture! Love the black embossing on the red heart!

  18. love it! that rockability paper is so great!! and i love the textured paper!! so great!

  19. Beautiful Card!!!
    FYI…The “A Happy Heart” stamp set is also in the new catty on page 26.

    Hi Caryl:

    Wow, good catch. I looked in the index and didn’t see it initially so I concluded it was gone. Now I remember the excitement that it was continued from the Holiday Mini to the new catty. I updated my post and am grateful for your heads up!

    Hugs, Mary

  20. Grace Lange-Way

    Oh Mary! You are on a roll here with the most beautiful cards………..wish I had your talent!

  21. Mahvelous… dahling, simply mahvelous. LOL!

    This card is high class, Mary. Love it.

  22. Wow! I love all the textures of your papers. This is stunning!

  23. This card is so nice! But then, I don’t think I’ve seen anything on your site that isn’t! Thank you for all the help you give so freely!

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