Dot, dot, dot

While I have numerous sentiment stamps, sometimes I don’t have the phrase I’d like, or the stamp’s font isn’t the right look for my card.

That’s when I turn to my computer. The right font can be a powerful design element, and with so many fonts available online for free personal use, you can easily find a font that fits the theme or character of your project.

To tie the look of this Valentine’s Day card together, I used fuchsia throughout and repeated the polka dots on the washi tape by stamping the pattern onto the chipboard ampersand.

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Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 9-by-6 1/4-inch piece of textured white cardstock. Apply strips of citrine striped and black-and-white, polka-dot washi tapes (such as Bluebell “Smile” from The Sweetest Thing collection by Jen Allyson for My Mind’s Eye and black dots from the SMASH collection by K & Co.) diagonally to the card’s front, alternating patterns and leaving even spaces between each strip. Start each strip with a torn edge on the card, then end each strip off the card’s edge. Trim off the excess tape when finished.

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Cut a 3 1/4-inch-square piece of textured fuchsia cardstock. Adhere it, centered, to the card’s front.

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Using a computer program, type “hugs” on one line and “kisses” on a second line in fuchsia in a decorative font (I used Peach Sundress, 48 pt., available here). Adjust the leading to decrease the space between the words, if necessary, and print onto textured, light-gray cardstock (such as Coredinations canvas texture in mystic gray). Trim the cardstock around the text to 3 inches square, making sure the text is centered in the square.

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Stamp a double-ended arrow image (mine’s by Cosmo Cricket for Hampton Arts) in black ink (I used Versafine in onyx black) horizontally above and below the words.

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Stamp polka dots (I used a dotted border stamp by Martha Stewart Crafts) in fuchsia ink (such as Fresh Ink in fuchsia) onto a white chipboard ampersand (mine’s by Bazzill Basics). I stamped the polka dots onto the chipboard, then re-inked and applied them again over the first stamping.

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Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the gray piece, centered, to the fuchsia piece. Adhere the chipboard ampersand to the right of “hugs,” over the right edge of the gray piece.

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