I promised that I'd be back to follow-up with my projects from the Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop. I'll begin with the project that received the most attention, the Valentine's Pocket.
I love the Petite Pocket Bigz XL die. It's so versatile and lends itself to so many fun uses because it can be decorated quickly and easily. I chose the following products from the Spring Catalog to decorate my pocket: Primrose Petals Core'Dinations cardstock for the pocket and the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper for the doily heart, punched hearts, and belly band.
Primrose Petals Core'Dinations cardstock was used with the Petite Pocket Bigz XL die to create the pocket die cut. The die cut was folded at the score lines using the Bone Folder. The hearts folder from the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folders was used to emboss the front panel of the pocket. Start at the top of the pocket front panel and then repeat, adjusting the folder to ensure the hearts continue to be offset every other row, to emboss the entire front panel.
You'll note that the subsequent embossing will somewhat flatten rows that were previously embossed. Don't worry about that. Once you have completed embossing the front panel, open the embossing folder to expose the inside of the front of the embossing folder. Place the embossed front panel face down on the inside front of the embossing folder, lining up the rows of the pocket with the rows of the embossing folder. Use the small tip of the Simply Scored Stylus to re-emboss the hearts.
Remove the pocket from the embossing folder and use the Bone Folder to flatten the embossing on the fold in flaps of the pocket. Use the sanding block to lightly sand the raised embossing on the front of the pocket.
Refold the pocket and make a hole on the back panel just below the notch in the closure flap, insert a Silver Brad into the two die cut circles and attach to the hole, opening the brad legs inside the back panel. Place a very thin line of Tombow Multi Adhesive along the inside edges of the back panel and press the pocket closed (leaving the flap open).
A piece of More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper was punched on both long edges with the Scallop Edge Border punch. The strip was placed face down on the work surface, the pocket placed face up at the center and the outside edges folded over the front of the pocket using SNAIL to adhere the ends of the punched paper strip to create a belly band.
A heart doily was clipped from the doily sheet included with the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper and adhered over the belly band on the front of the pocket. A piece of Pool Party cardstock was die cut and embossed using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit. The die cut heart was adhered at the center of the doily heart using Tombow Multi Adhesive. Five hearts were punched from a sheet of More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper, folded in half at the centers and adhered together right side of one heart to the left side of the next to create the raised fold hearts. The hearts were adhered at the center of the Pool Party scalloped heart using Tombow Multi-Adhesive.
The Valentine's Day image from the That's the Ticket stamp set was inked with Primrose Petals ink, stamped on Whisper White cardstock, and cut out with Paper Snips. This image was adhered to a piece of Pool Party cardstock punched with the large ticket of the Ticket Duo punch. The tickets were adhered to the front of the pocket at the base of the doily heart using Stampin' Dimensionals.
A piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon was wrapped around the top of the pocket (with the flap open) and knotted on front.
Now it's time to find something really special to put inside the pocket for my Valentine...
Stamps: That's the Ticket; Inks: Primrose Petals; Cardstock: Pool Party, Primrose Petals Core'Dinations, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: More Amore Specialty; Embellishments: Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Silver Brad; Adhesives: SNAIL, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sanding Block, Simply Scored Stylus, Full Heart punch, Ticket Duo punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, XL Premium Crease Pad, XL Mylar Shim, Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Petite Pocket Bigz die, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folder (hearts)