Arrows to the heart

One of my husband’s friends got married this weekend, and I was excited to create a card for the couple. As I’ve done with past wedding cards, I borrowed design elements from the invitation to use in my creation.

I created the patterned paper for this card by making the design in Adobe Illustrator and printing it on cream-colored cardstock. The black, magenta and cream are the colors of the invitation, and the pattern of the black hearts mimics a bold, modern font that the couple used. The design has repetition not just in the patterned paper, but also in the use of multiple chipboard arrows. I love using chipboard elements because they are an easily customizable embellishment and a quick way to add dimension. I also got to play with paint mist again, and I’ve really liked the outcomes with these paints, though the process can be messy.

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Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of pink textured cardstock. Cut a piece of magenta cardstock to 4 3/4 inches square and adhere it, centered, to the card’s front. Cut a piece of patterned cardstock that features black hearts and a magenta heart on a cream-colored background (I designed my own; you can download it here) and adhere it, centered, to the magenta piece.

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Place several chipboard arrows of different sizes (I used Color Magic chipboard arrows by Heidi Swapp) in a circle, arrows pointing inward, leaving some space in the center. (Place them onto something that will protect your workspace from paint. I use a plastic cover from a disposable baking pan.) Spray pink mist paint (I used Color Shine by Heidi Swapp in primrose) a few times onto the center space to get some coverage on the chipboard pieces.

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Allow the paint to dry. Adhere the arrows, pointing inward, around the magenta heart on the patterned paper, with a piece of black lace ribbon tied around one arrow.

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