the countdown to new papertrey ink stamps continues - and we're halfway there! today, i decided to focus on the coordinating dies for several of the cupid's arrow images. i've been dreaming up a "working" bow since designing the die, so of course, that one had to be first. just cut off the string part of the die and tie on the twine, leaving a little slack for pulling the arrow back. after i got all of the pieces together, i had a few minutes of not knowing how to use it, but then this layout started to fall into place. the arrow is ready to hit the bullseye on that die cut heart!
although i considered creating in other colors today, i just couldn't stay away from pink and red, so i added a little brown and blue to the mix and went with it. i'm creating valentines after all! this one is probably my fave of the day. criss cross arrows, three sizes of hearts, a cute sentiment - what's not to love?! i've seen images like this here and there, and it was fun to replicate the look with cupid's arrow. i think it would also look nice following yesterday's "letterpress" formula. hmmm, i just may have to make that happen too!
and last, i added slits to a stamped die cut heart with a craft knife and slipped an arrow in one and out the other - shot through the heart! i love that phrase, so this was a must for sure. a little washi tape finishes it off and helps add weight to the tilted image and sentiment. so there you have it, three cards focusing on the dies. i'm still partial to simple stamping, but i have to say that coordinating dies are definitely growing on me. they make designs like these a breeze! Don't forget to check out nichole's blog to see what else is new - betsy, maile, dawn, lizzie, and melissa all have posts up too. and, once again, stop by here tomorrow to see a little more cupid's arrow love.