Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Valentine's Day Arrow Card


This week's challenge at Papertrey Ink is to incorporate a rainbow of repeated elements in your card design. Skipping ahead to Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to try making an arrow out of the leftovers from the Harlequin Cover Plate die.


Cutting the diamonds in half makes nice, angled rectangles for the fletching on the arrow (looked up that word!) 

 

The first card uses rainbow #6 (substituted for Summer Sunrise).

 
The deeply embossed stripes on the shaft worked out perfectly to tilt out the rainbow fletching for some dimension. I cut out a silver heart for the arrow and then used that for the "O" in LOVE. 


The next card uses rainbow #2 (again, substituting for Summer Sunrise).


 Same basic design, just a different size card base (to fit in those long business envelopes), hatching inside the letters, and a sentiment on the heart/arrow.

Thanks for looking!
- Kelly


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PS. here's a story you may find amusing as a fellow crafter. My 5 year-old son was on my lap making his own book while I was working on these cards. Tight quarters, and really messy workspace, but I keep telling myself he's not going to want to sit on my lap and craft with me much longer, so just enjoy it.


He can't spell things yet, so he's looking around the room for words for the animals in his book to say. The donkey on the left page is saying a pretty common, "Hi Jackson." While looking for something for the pig on the right page to say, his eyes land on my ink pads.


"What do those big letters say, Mom?" Sigh, how am I going to explain what "dye ink" means? I do my best and I guess he likes my story because he now has the pig saying, "dye ink." 

After finishing the book and reviewing his work, he's so pleased with it that he takes it to preschool to show his friends. When I pick him up and ask how the book went over, he smiles and says, "Good. Especially the part about the dead ink, they really loved that part!"

Thinking about a bunch of 5 year-old boys laughing over "dead ink" makes me chuckle. What do they think that is, anyway?!




Supplies used: 
stamps:  Tiny Treats, Papertrey Ink
impression plates: Woodgrain, Papertrey Ink; Stripes, The Paper Studio
dies:  Harlequin Cover Plate, Papertrey Ink
other:  Black Pen

Supplies used: 
stamps:  Polkadot Basics, Papertrey Ink
impression plates: Stripes, The Paper Studio
dies:  Harlequin Cover Plate, Papertrey Ink
other:  White Gel Pen

32 comments:

  1. Had to come right over here when I saw that picture pop up on my blog list! Love love LOVE those rainbow feathers!! Sorry - fletching. Impressive word!! :D Awesome way to use those diamonds and I love he genius way you incorporated the sentiments!

    As for the dead ink, sometimes when ink ends up where it's not supposed to I yell out, "Die, ink!!"

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  2. Such cute cards!! Love how you made the "O" out of the tip of the arrow!!

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  3. Of course, I knew I'd find something just a bit different over here. So cute and clever, and just gorgeous. And, your story about your little boy is just precious. Save that one and tell him when he is a teenager.

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  4. Your arrow is so sweet and creative as I would expect from you. Your story about your son is priceless, I can only imagine the fits of laughter over the 'dead ink'!

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  5. LOVE the cards and how you made the point of the arrow with the word "love"...very clever! :0) And the story about your son and the dead ink made me chuckle...thanks for sharing! :0)

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  6. OMG! These are fantastic! I love the heart for the arrow tip, the feathers, the sentiment, you are a genius!

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  7. What a creative and fun design!

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  8. Kelly these are awesome, I love the arrows!! You are such a clever girl. Great story about the dead ink, cute.

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  9. Boys say the darndest things...Cool use of the die cuts, and great graphic cards.

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  10. Oh I love your little story about the dead ink, thanks for the laugh and big smile. You are a smart girl to know that he won't want to sit on your lap for much longer......enjoy.
    Love your card and creativity! Wonderful idea.

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  11. Kelly these are FUN FUN FUN!!! Ohhhhhh and your little boy, cute story!

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  12. Fletching? Really? Great word. I'll have to make some arrows with fletching on them so I can use the word. : ) your creativity is not surprising to me anymore but it continues to delight. Your little boy is a delight as well. Thanks for sharing the story.

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  13. Your cards so so much fun! What a great way to use the Harlequin die!

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  14. Um. Wow. Pinned, of course. Astounded, of course. Fletched? Undoubtedly! Amused by Jackson and his buddies? With a spoon. You know they'll think he has the coolest mom EVER!! Which he does.

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  15. Oh my gosh I love the card. The arrow is so beautiful. Such an amzing idea. Thanks for showing
    Have a wonderful day
    Tascha

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  16. Oh, Kelly, you've knocked it out of the park on this one! Sure to be cased for a long, long time! And as for boys finding death funny, I hate to be one to tell you at 13 1/2, it's still going strong.

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  17. What a great way to use those coverplate diecuts-- fabulous cards, Kelly!

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  18. You amaze me with your creativity every single time! What a clever way to use the diamond die cuts, and I absolutely love the sentiment! Oh and not to forget, the story of your
    Little boy is really amusing and very cute! :)

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  19. OK, first, these cards are amazing! Love the rainbow of color against the darker backgrounds and the arrows are just so dang creative! LOVE the dead ink story.

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  20. Like making a gourmet meal out of leftovers. Such lovely cards from die scraps, but then you have the creativity to do it. Great job!

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  21. I love the contrast of the colors on your cards Kelly!
    The idea to make a heart-shaped arrow is just awesome and as well as the shape of the letters.

    Rosi x

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  22. This card is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!! REALLY! SOOO creative! I love it. Love the colors, love that you used the leftovers, love the overall design of the card, love how the arrow tip is part of love..I could keep going. And the story with about the "dead ink" was a hoot. So cute.

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  23. Dear Kelly,

    YOur card take my breath away every single time!
    How very clever of you!!
    and thank You for including that precious anecdote.
    I really enjoyed it.
    YOu're absolutely right, there will be a time when you won't even remember what it felt like to have him on your lap...{sigh}

    Have a good week-end, we need the rain, right?! ;-)

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  24. I wish I had the ability to see beyond the original use of a tool or stamp like you have with those diamond shapes. So very clever! And I enjoyed your story about your son's book so much. My little guy is 5 also, and I wish I could just bottle him up so I can keep a bit of this age around forever. :)

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  25. Such cool cards, Kelly! And I'll never look at my "dye" ink pads the same! Don't you wish he could stay 5 forever? :)

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  26. OH MAN THIS IS AMAZING ♥ I love those arrows and alphas on the second card!

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  27. Eeeek! These are so awesome and creative!! Fletching, thanks for the new word!

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  28. Thud! That was my jaw hitting the table! Wowzers girl!

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  29. Holy crap! These are *amazing*!!! Wow wow wow!!!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly