Clip Heart

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This was a fun card to make, and super simple, too! Who knew basic office supplies could look so pretty, right? 
To make the main portion of this card I used a handful of round paper clips and two jumbo paper clips. (I actually still call the double oval clips, "Gem clips," but usually no one knows what I'm talking about. What do you call them?) After making two heart shaped clips from a jumbo paper clip, I cut the excess wire off one heart for embossing, then laid out the round paperclips and the modified heart shaped clip on a die cutting plate, placed a piece of white cardstock over them, then topped that with an embossing pad and another cutting plate, and ran it through my Big Shot. I colored the paper by sponging several colors of Distress ink over the embossed areas, blending the colors in between. After die cutting the paper with a distressed edge die, I sponged more ink along the edges, then distressed further by spritzing water onto the paper. Finally, I sprinkled some chunky white embossing powder onto the paper and heated it from the back side (to keep from blowing the powder off before it had a chance to melt and stick to the paper). After assembling the card front, I attached the 2nd heart clip to the top of the card.
To tie in with the front of the card, I embossed just the modified heart clip in the corner of a white die cut, then sponged Distress ink over that, and also over the entire die cut, while it was still in the die.

See? Easy peasy! Have a great day!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Red + Pink
Oddball Art Stamp: Add Some Sparkle Challenge
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #250: Valentine Cards
TCP Tuesday Challenge 283: Anything Goes


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Leslie Miller said...

How fun and clever! I have a lot of these fancy paper clips but never thought to do anything like this with them. I've always just called the jumbo paper clips "jumbo paper clips". Very pretty, Cheryl!

Kim K said...

You are so creative! I really love what you've done, I would have never guessed the inked area was paperclips. I'm confused about one thing though. You said you put an embossing pad in your Big Shot sandwich... is this something special for running through the machine? Not an actual ink pad though, right? I'd love more info! kim dot kirby at shaw dot ca

Conniecrafter said...

so very creative and made for a very fun and pretty colorful background!

Nancy Thomas said...

Very unique and different. Thanks for joining The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge.

Emma Williams said...

Fabulous fun cards and I love the colour palette you've used! Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)