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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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