Today I decided to figure out how to combine the new Pinking Heart Border Punch and Pinking Heart Corner Punch (both in the Occasions Mini) to make a large square. Let's just say it didn't go well. Engineering isn't my forte.
TIP: Save yourself the time, frustration and lots of card stock by going to Gretchen Barron's Pinking Hearts Tutorial before attempting this combo. The key is starting with one of her recommended sizes and cropping the corners first.
I loved Gretchen's Scallop Trim Border Tutorial (it was a snap in my previous project) but didn't realize that she had new advice on using the Pinking Heart Punch. Once I gave it a try, my breathing returned, I cleaned up a mountain of tiny red hearts and Real Red scraps and managed my first Pinking Heart square for today's card (based on Gretchen's 4" size).
Honestly, it's a bit tricky . . . you need to be precise because of the scale of the teeny heart. My result isn't perfect but I'm excited about the look and will keep practicing.
- Heat embossing with White Embossing Powder made the kangaroo and flowers really pop. I tucked a Stampin' Dimensional below the flowers for added impact.
- The new satin ribbon in the Occasions Mini is stunning. It comes in nine colors, including the yummy Real Red I used today.
- I stamped the sentiment in Real Red. To give it a clean crop, I punched out below the arch with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch and then the top with a 1 3/4" Circle Punch.
- To avoid brad legs showing on the interior of the card (a pet peeve), I snipped them off and attached the Real Red Epoxy Brads with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.
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Stamp Set: Build-A-Roo (115948)
Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series (117161, Occasions Mini), Real Red (102482), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Real Red (103133)
Cool Tools: Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Pinking Hearts Corner Punch (118072), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch: Real Red Epoxy Brads (117270, Occasions Mini), Real Red Satin Ribbon (117286, Occasions Mini), White Signo Gel Pen (105021), White Embossing Powder (109132), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)