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.


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.


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.


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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