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Monday, January 10, 2011

A week of Valentine's Projects


Hi, it's Diane from Capadia Designs and I am happy to be here with you this week.  I am honored that Joy and Melanie asked me to return for a second Guest Designer week.  I was Guest Designer for the week of March 8 - 12 in 2010.  Last time I did a lot of Easter  projects, however, for the next week it will be all Valentine's Day Projects.  There is only about a month to go before Valentine's Day so it is time to get busy with all of those sweet and special cards, candy holders and other lovable projects!


I decided to try cutting some different types of materials for some of my projects this week.  Quite a while ago I bought some Con-Tact paper at our local 5 & 10.  I just grabbed the red color in a hurry and paid for it.  Later I realized that I had purchased fuzzy, felt-like contact paper.  This is the back of the paper (the wrapper is long gone).  It is called "Ultra Covering" if you want to try to find some.

It occurred to me that it might be a good way to have my letters and shapes look "flocked" with out a lot of mess so I experimented with cutting the paper.  I normally cut vinyl at medium speed, medium pressure and blade depth 4.  This creates a "kiss cut" where the vinyl is cut and the backing stays intact.  In this case, the material is much thicker and I thought it would be best to try to cut through the backing as well.  After some experimentation I found that doing a 2 times multi-cut with the pressure at 4 and the blade at 5 produced a consistently clean cut.  (You may have to experiment a bit to find the ideal settings for your machine).


You can hardly tell if the cut has worked when the mat is still in the machine since the thickness of the material hides the cut lines.  If you look very carefully at the photo above, you might be able to see a few places where the cuts show.


 By using multi-cut 2 times, I was able to get a very clean cut that lifted from the mat easily.


 In one of the first attempts, the blade kept snagging in one place on my heart design.  I think this was due to the pressure being set at 6 - just a bit too high.


I didn't think I could cut a perfect mirror image of the curve, however, I was able to trim both sides of the heart evenly so these cuts can still be used.


The heart I used is from the Wedding cartridge. This is a solutions cartridge and I believe it has been discontinued.  If you can find it, I would highly recommend picking it up.  There are lots of lovely images and some nice favor boxes, including a couple of pillow boxes.


I used Design Studio to help me set up the cut to use the least amount of material.  In the screen shot above you can see that when you enter two hearts directly from the keypad they take up more room than they did when I rotated each heart and slid them together on the mat.  I like being able to see how the items would cut straight from the cartridge and then to see how I can improve on the cut with Design Studio.


I also always use Design Studio to help me figure out the right size for the cuts on my cards.  I set up guideline card blanks and then I can see exactly how big to make each element for the card.  It also helps me to decide whether to make a horizontal or a vertical card.  I knew I didn't want to cut the "Sweetheart" word any smaller than 1 1/2 inches to keep the lines of the letters from becoming too thin.  I could see that  the word would not fit at this size on a vertical A2 card.


 Here is the keypad screen shot showing the location of the "Sweetheart" cut.


I thought the "Conversations" Cuttlebug folder would be perfect to emboss the background.  This is a five by seven inch folder so I was able to selectively place my card layer (cut at 4 x 5 1/4 inches) to have the embossing include the words on the hearts that I preferred to show.  I used 140 lb watercolor paper to get a lovely thick embossed layer.


When I was ready to add the word to the card, it was easy to peel off the backing because this material is much thicker than vinyl.


I used the section I peeled off to check the placement one more time since the sticky backed material would not be easy to move once I got it on the card.


Here is a close view of the fuzzy word on the card front.  I like all of the texture from the embossing and the dimensional word.


I used my Creative Memories Multi Purpose tool to help guide the sticky cuts into position.  The cut can be moved a bit if you are careful not to push it down firmly.


The finishing touch was this red faceted gem which is one of the Vintage Jewels from Creative Charms.


Here is the final card.  The red card base is "Pure Poppy" from Papertrey Ink.  I wish you could touch it to feel the thick embossed layer and the fuzzy heart and word!


Here is another Valentine's card in a much more traditional style.  I cut the sentiment from glitter cardstock.  You can read all about this card on my blog, Capadia Designs, at THIS POST.

Don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance for the Country Life cartridge.  I look forward to sharing a sweet project with you tomorrow!
Diane


Be sure and check out Joy's and Melanie's personal blogs for more creative goodness at Obsessed with Scrapbooking and Courtney Lane Designs! Have a great day!
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JustJules said...

I always love to hear about cutting new medium. Thanks for the information and the beautiful cards! Have a wonderful day!

Julie

mississchic said...

Felt Contact Paper, cool! mississchic @ yahoo dotcom

Cathy H. said...

Wonderful idea!! The cards are so pretty!

Merrylion said...

Felt contact paper!!! I will look for it. Beautiful cards.

Robin said...

Love the fuzzy contact paper. What a great idea!

mommanj said...

Great card. I love the felt contact paper. Welcome back, love seeing your wonderful projects and great tips!

Kristina said...

TRULY inspiring card. I love it. I may have to try it myself. Did you use a normal blade or the deep cut?

TeresaK said...

What cool contact paper! Never heard of that before! Thanks for the tip! Great card!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! Sometimes mistakes give the best results! Thanks for sharing this project here & on your own blog.

anticil at comcas dot net

AJoy said...

Pretty. TFS!

Carla said...

Oh that is a great idea! I'll have to find some and try it. Thanks so much for the idea.

Carla from Utah

Anonymous said...

I think you cards are lovely. Thank you so much for the step by step instructions. I picked up several good tips in just this one post. Thank you.

Roenick said...

LOVE IT! Great use of material and such a simple look with an elegant feel.

Angie said...

Wonderful job, as always, Diane!!!

BethAnn said...

Beautiful, and what an interesting technique of using flocked ConTact paper. Now, I need to find some. BethAnn M.

DebJoAl said...

Diane I love your card today! Very elegant! Even with the "Conversations" Cuttlebug folder! I would have thought it wouldn't be elegant enough for the flocked paper. LOVE IT!

4kids4 said...

This card is gorgeous!! I need to try cutting contact paper!! Your instructions are always so clear. TFS!

~Sharon C.

grambojoan said...

i actually just got some of that red paper, from the scrapbook store that went out of bus... i have to make 10 cards for my granddaughter for her friend for valentines day.. (teenagers) so will be perfect. because i also have that same cartridge .

Jena said...

I have never seen contact paper like that-very kewl!!!!

TFS!

silly_girl_823 said...

I love that card!!! I had never heard of felt contact paper, will definitely have to look for some!!

Amy V

silly_girl_823 at hotmail dot com

Alisa said...

Diane...you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Sissi said...

I love the flocked Contact paper. Way to take an unknown and make it great!

giddingslane at gmail.com

littlen said...

Diane never disappoints - another great project with those wonderful directions included. TFS.

Crhiga said...

It's good to see you back guest designing!! Lovely cards!! It's funny, I was at the local drug store and I happened to be in the contact paper aisle and wondered and it was on sale, too. But I passed.

Carol

Kath said...

That's a beautiful card. Thanks!

Leigh Ann Kalbfleisch said...

NICE CARDS !!! IT'S AMAZING HOW MANY DIFFERENT PRODUCTS CAN BE USED IN A CRICUT !!! THANKS !!! leighkalbfleischathotmail.com

Christine said...

This is beautiful!!! Thanks for the hints on cutting depth and snagging. I have that problem all the time and will try the two times cutting next time I have this issue!

creativeprincess said...

I love the contrast between the red and the white! It's even better because the red has texture! Awesome design!
Tara

jane said...

Great job Diane.

Denise said...

Your cricut heart is sooo beautiful. Makes me want to start making Valentine's day cards.

jamme said...

Thanks Diane. Nice cards. I really liked all the detailed explanation of how you did everything. It's a help for those of us that are not quite as daring to be the first to cut through different materials.

CricutLuv said...

Thanks for the new ideas!! Beautiful card! I need ideas for my Valentine's Day cards.

Cathy said...

Diane, You have the best tutorials! Reading your posts makes me think I can go and make the project easily and quickly. And I often do. ; )

scrappinmac said...

Awesome, as always! Thanks, Diane for great re-purposing ideas and beautiful designs.

Chinajo said...

Im'a lov'in this Sweetheart Card with Conversations Cuttlebug Folder. I don't own Country Life Cart so it would be awesome to win.
CJ

Just Me said...

gorgeous cards. I have never seen felt contac paper.

Shonda said...

Great work! I love how your tutorial is really easy to follow.

Kristie Maynard said...

Love your cards! I've never seen this fuzzy contact paper, how cool! Will be looking forward to more of your posts!

littleeifwife said...

Love the cards...really pretty! I didn't know there was such a thing as fuzzy contact paper...probably a lot cheaper than flocking!! Am going to subscribe to your site...love the extra mile you go to show cutting with the cricut!

Crafty Sue said...

Diane, love finding out about new ways to use unusual materials. It really made the card pop. TFS

Cynthia B. said...

Sweet cards! Now I think we'll ALL buy out that contact paper! ;)

narcoosse1@aol.com said...

I love the sweet heart card plus I like that you just use regaular contact paper. That is the first time to see felt contact paper.

Rebecca said...

Love them! You did a really good job. rferguson07@gmail.com

CREATIONS BY MOMMY said...

Great ideas! Never used contact paper before but you make it look so easy. Thank you

Lesli Powell said...

Very nice work! I would love to build my cartridge collection so I can make things too!

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Diane! I love the embellished heart--it's so pretty!

Kat said...

Wow!What a great tutorial!

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

The card is amazing. I love that cuttlebug folder and am going to have to go get one!

lisa said...

What a great idea! I love it... thanks for the inspiration.
lbwink

Mike and Teresa said...

I am new to your site and love all the ideas. Great idea using the contact paper.

Luv 2 Create said...

That's a new one on me Diane. I have never heard or seen flocked contact paper. Looks like it was made to make cards with. Love both, but I really love the elegance of the second one. Nice to see you here again. Will also see you on your regular site.
Marcie

Stephanie said...

I love this card! I love the idea that you chose to use the Contac paper. I didn't know that it came in different colors and textures! I also have the wedding cart and love it too. I used the pillow boxes at Christmas to make for giftcard holders. Thanks for sharing all your tips and look forward to seeing more of your work this week!
Hugs,
stephanie

Angela said...

Oh, mann! These are gorgeous! I want that Conversation Hearts CB folder now too.

The Antonich's said...

I would never have even thought of using contact paper...I am just loving all the ideas coming my way! Can't wait for the next post :D

pennykitz said...

This is amazing!!!!! You are a wonderful, talented, designer...
I enjoy reading your blog, and exspecialy your great tutorials.
pennykitz@charter.net

The Crafty Aunt! said...

Love it!!!

Sally
opolski07@gmail.com

Shari said...

Beautiful card, the fuzzy contact paper really looks like felt or velvet, perfect for valentines. Love the cutting settings too!
Shari Y

JANLYNN said...

I have got to have some of this contact paper. Love this look and these cards.

CraftyKatDesign said...

wow i love the fuzzy contact paper! must less annoying/time consuming and messy than using the bottled flocking and glue. Makes the creative process much more fun when you can take the work out of it. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Robin
angel.heavensent777@gmail.com

cardchick said...

ooh Diane//I'm so excited about this whole week you'll be here..I working on valentine cards and tthis is going to be a great help...
cardchick50atgmaildotcom

Heather said...

Love the fuzzy contact paper, now I have to go out and find some. I wonder what other colors there may be. Thanks for sharing another great card!

1harperpooh said...

Just lovely! Thanks for sharing, I didn't even know they made contact paper in fuzzy....

Sarah said...

I love this card! I have never heard of this kind of contact paper. Now I've got to find some! Thank you for sharing this technique and the settings.

Natalie said...

Great card and idea for a new material to cut! Thank you so much for this!
http://timelesslegacydesigns.blogspot.com

SHELLEE said...

This is a great card, but your instructions are even better! I have DS, but have not used it much--I have very little time, and very limited software knowledge, I will definitely spend some time at your site--hopefully you can elevate my knowledge!

StefanieH said...

Such a sweet card, thanks for sharing.

sucor said...

Both are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them! deI've never heard or seen felt cointact paper and I love that embossing folder. I will be looking for both.

Reneeleeak said...

Wow! What a great tutorial. The card is so pretty.
Thanks for sharing with us.
reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

Kaye said...

I have had vinyl for awhile and not been comfortable trying any projects....well, now I'm very excited about giving it a try.

Anonymous said...

The Valentine cards are beautiful. I am inspired by the exquisite and intricate work.
shirleyhouston5@msn.com

Donna said...

Wow, I love the Sweethearts card, I'll be on the lookout for that contact paper next time I'm shopping for materials!

Scott & Ann said...

This card has given me SO MANY ideas for other things to use, including wallpaper samples. I will be looking for the fuzzy contact paper, too. The ideas here are incredible. Thank you for sharing!

Kim. said...

This is such a pretty card and the con tac really does give a lovely effect.
Kim xXx

wimarinemom2006 said...

Another great project. I've never heard of fuzzy contact paper.

Debra said...

Beautiful cards. I love your work! That fuzzy contact paper is great.

Rebecca's Card Hobby said...

I really like this card - looks store bought. I need to get busy with my Valentine cars, Thanks for sharing.

candkleo said...

So pretty! Happy Heart Day everyone! :) Kelly ckellyleo@gmail.com

Nana Donna said...

Wow that is wonderful. Love your instructions too! I will have to check out that fuzzy contact paper

ckeller219 said...

I always love it when you host Diane. You have such beautiful ideas to share. These cards are no exception. Thanks

motherloves3 said...

Love the cards. The fuzzy red paper really adds to it and the heart is beautiful.

Cristi said...

WOW, this is so adorable!!! What a great idea!
HUGS

VinDeeLoo said...

Beautiful!!!!

McVic said...

Love the fuzzy!!
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

krissytrebony@hotmail.com said...

Thank you for the great ideas!

Sarah said...

These are so beautiful and give me some great ideas for Valentine's Day cards for my love! :)

Linda said...

What a great card, I will have to see if I can now find this cartridge.TFS..
lindamcintosh at verizon dot net

LaLa said...

Those are really cute cards! I'll be looking into that contact paper. Awesome!

~Lauren

ellen s. said...

great tutorial! and cute card

Kerri Marie said...

I love that you used different materials. such great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

This is wonderful - what fun!

mary said...

It is always nice when someone else does the experimenting and tells us what settings to use on a certain paper. Thanks for the info.
sc gma

Tinatealy said...

the card looks so elegant! i LOVE all the textures

scrappinw/lupus said...

LOVE this card!! TFA!

tigereyes said...

I love the candy wrappers and bags! I'm going to have to try that!

johnson.md said...

I've gotta try the fuzzy contact paper. We just got an Expression for X-mas. I need to make a Valentines card for my wife and that one is perfect. Thanks

Mike

Marque and Travis said...

Such fun ideas! LOVE IT!

Libby Beach said...

Absolutely stunning!!! :) And your detailed recipe is just fabulous!! Especially to a newbie like me :) Thank you so much for sharing :)

amy said...

How perfect, thanks for info on the contact paper. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing that card, it's beautiful.

xxsquigglesxx said...

I love that embossing folder. Cute cards!

Amanda said...

Beautiful card!!!

KimR said...

This card is beautiful! Conversations hearts are one of my favorite candies--I need to get this embossing folder!

Michelle F. said...

Gorgeous! Have to go look for that paper !iriumpe

Ashleigh said...

Very pretty cards Diane! Love seeing everything you make!

BikerGranny said...

Very pretty card, Diane. You always get my mind moving in directions it would never have gone! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

DeAnna said...

Beautiful cards!!

Deanna Parrish said...

The card was awesome. I never would have thought to use the fuzzy contact paper to make a card. It looked so cute and made the card pop. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

katscrapper said...

Welcome back Diane. This is an amazing card. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I will be on the look out for the contact paper.

Christine said...

I love the embossing. I have to get that folder.

Lynn said...

Very pretty cards!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful, classy, sweet! Love it!

lee said...

I am going to have to start checking out the shelf paper aisles!! I love how this looks. thanks for sharing.

WayTheyDance said...

Very cool, though I'd never heard of felt contact paper, but looks awesome for various types of projects, obviously Valentine's & Christmas. Would be great for something Alice in Wonderland themed too.

Anonymous said...

Love all your ideas, just what I've been looking for. Thanks Diane - nancy g

Anonymous said...

So wonderful! I love someone that thinks outside of the box so to speak.
It fantastic how you put all this together to make it so beautiful.
Perfect card project for my Sweety!
I hope to have a chance to win the country cartridge. My dad just passed in Nov. I have inheritated tons of photos from the farm. Looking forward to the challenge and sweet memories.
Tammy in Granbury

Cricut Crazy said...

WOW! Alot of work, but so worth the results!! Thanks for the very detailed instructions!!

Kathy

Sherri Wasson said...

I like that Cuttlebug embossing folder. Very cute project!

Anonymous said...

I love the idea, now i'll have to look for felt contact paper. Also thank you for all your wonderful ideas and cards. Pat B.

Pkrausen said...

Love this idea, will definetley will have to look for some of this velvet contact paper. Beautiful card!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! You sure have gorgeous cards. What talent. I feel very encouraged to try new things (like vinyl) when I read your helpful comments. TFS
Betty-Jane from Canada

lulucy said...

Jeepers Creepers wow-za wow-za wow
I now know why it's so hard to fi nd certain folders, but there is a site called curly wurly on e-bay that has lots os folders start @ 3.99 great price. also swim craft carries just about all of them!

Laurie H. said...

These are some great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

Patricia said...

creative time stamp set! Wow. I will also be looking for felt contact paper. Thanks so much

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