This valentine rules

Stickers, like washi tape, speed up crafty productivity. Just stick and move on … or not entirely, as with this card. I wanted to give my card more dimension (I feel as though I’ve been putting foam adhesive on everything I’ve made lately), but in order to apply dimensional adhesive to a sticker and not have the sticker … well, stick … to the card, I first placed the sticker onto cardstock and cut it out. The sticker has all kinds of swirls and corners to cut around. This may test another person’s patience, but I find it relaxing … as long as my cutting hand doesn’t cramp up.

To additional dimension, I applied pearl-like embellishments to my centerpiece sticker. A little “bling” always is a good thing.

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Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of red textured cardstock (such as Bazzill Basics in ruby slipper). Cut a 4 1/2-inch-square piece of pink hound’s-tooth cardstock (I used the reverse side of “Newsprint” from the Yours Truly by Cassandra Cooper collection by Echo Park Paper Co.), and adhere it, centered, to the card’s front.

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Adhere a large, red rose sticker (mine’s from the Yours Truly element stickers sheet) to the lower-left corner of the card’s front, with its edges overhanging a little.

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Trim off the excess sticker from the card’s edges. Stamp a ruler image (mine’s from the Sew Stylish collection by Hero Arts) in light-pink ink (such as ColorBox Cat’s Eye Queue in chiffon white) onto a piece of black cardstock.

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Apply light-pink embossing powder (I used American Crafts Zing! opaque powder in rose) over the freshly stamped image and set it with a heat gun. Trim the cardstock around the ruler so that it is 5/8 of an inch by 5 inches and adhere it, vertically, 1/2 an inch from the card’s left edge. Affix a large, red heart-shaped sticker (Yours Truly collection) at an angle to the upper-right corner of the card.

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Apply a large (almost 5 inches wide), black-and-off white sentiment sticker (I used the “Love you beyond measure” sticker from the Yours Truly collection) to a piece of cardstock and cut it out. Affix several small and medium-sized red, pearl-like embellishments (such as Queen & Co. pearls in berry red) around the inner edges of the sticker.

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Using dimensional adhesive, affix the sentiment, centered, to the card’s front.

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