the december 2013 papertrey ink stamps, including cupid's arrow, will go live in the webstore tonight at 10:00pm est! i couldn't get these last few ideas off of my mind, so i pulled them together for one last day of inspiration. first up, a trio of mini valentines. you can tell the size of each from the grid paper - each square is 1/4", with the bold lines marking the inches. (best desk pad for stamping and doodling!) all three feature arrow die cuts that i colored with copics adn a red fineliner instead of stamped, for a different look.
this one is a small vellum envelope filled with a stamped and layered card, with the embellishments and sentiment added on top. it would be great for giving stickers or a small, somewhat flat piece of candy, maybe sticks of gum, with stamped wrappers to match. i used the three solid hearts in the set to create the patterned piece, placing all three hearts on one block for quick and easy stamping. the little chevron to the left of the sentiment is the pointed end of the nested heart stamped twice - a last minute aha! it's really cool when something like that jumps out at me, like the stamp is saying, "hey, look at what i can do!" and how about that shiny mirror bow?!
do you recognize what i used to make a mini matchbook? it's a half & half die! staple in a small wrapped candy when assembling or turn it into a book of little love coupons. instead of stamping the nested heart, i glittered the die cut for a bigger, blingier, pop of color. i stamped the sentiment on a separate piece of card stock, adhering it to cover the staple. a strip of washi tape on the bottom of the front panel highlights the decorative edge of the die cut on the bottom panel, and a little jewel on the arrow is the perfect finishing touch. i think if i were making more of these, i'd be sure to use chipboard or a few layers of card stock for the arrow to make it more stable for hanging off the edge.
and to round out the minis, a 3" x 3" card that could be added to just about anything - on top of a box, tied to a bag or sucker, or tucked into a pocket or lunchbox. i used one of my favorite clear stamp techniques for the happy valentine's day sentiment - curving the stamp on the block - it opens up so many possibilities. the heart has clear glaze on it for a bit of shine and i used more of my go-to washi tape to highlight the arrow. these were all really fun to put together. a good start on ideas for my daughter's valentines in february!
next, i have a square valentine card - i haven't made a square card in a while! like the small heart background above, i've been picturing a background with the nested heart as well. after i stamped them end to end, i added the smallest solid heart to the center of each one. a shiny mirror die cut arrow and pink heart with the sentiment finish it off, perfectly placed over one of the stamped hearts. i think this design would be great for a guy - it's not too pink and girly, and the hearts add more of a graphic touch than a frilly one. and it was quick and easy too - that's always a nice bonus!
and finally, a wedding or anniversary card with another take on the nested heart background. partially stamping the pattern on the right leaves a nice space for the silver cording to the left, which ties in with the mirror arrow. it also keeps the card from looking too cluttered. like on the valentine version, i layered the arrow and heart right over one of the stamped hearts for a perfect fit. then i layered on a sentiment from my previously released mini set, just a kiss on top of that. if pink is too girly for your wedding couple, a pale blue would be a nice alternative, or maybe their wedding colors if you know them. personal touches like that go a long way! so there you have it - a few extra designs to help you make up your mind to buy and case when your stamps arrive!! i've had a blast this week sharing my images and ideas with you and i very much appreciate your kind comments. now, i can't wait to see what the design team members have created for their release in review posts today. let's click on over to nichole and follow the links - my cupid's arrow pinterest board is growing fast! don't forget 10:00pm est tonight...