A krafty Open Heart sketch

Sometimes when I’m just not sure where to start, I search for card sketches to get me started. I came across this sketch on Google which I thought was quite cute.


I already knew that I wanted to use my favourite stamp set An Open Heart because I just don’t use it enough. I also wanted to do a kraft with black card. As it happened, our supremely awesome Aussie Artisan team member Teneale Williams had just created a beautiful card using the same stamp set, so I popped on over to her blog for some inspiration. Well, after I got lost in her blog for far too long, I returned to my crafting with loads of inspiration. I guess you could say that I got my Teneale on!

Out came my trusty Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock (come on you knew it was coming!) for the base. I wanted to feature the amazing bird stamp. It’s so beautiful that I didn’t do anything else to it except daub a little VersaMark underneath it for a shadow. I stamped the ‘leaves’ in VersaMark at the base for a little texture and added some strips of washi tape and DSP. Then I added some Very Vanilla satin ribbon with a Teneale bow – of course, and a Very Vintage button.

A kraft-y Open Heart. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Kraft 12" x 12", An Open Heart stamp set, Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Typeset DSP, Sweet Sadie washi, Very Vintage buttonJust when I thought I was finished, I was reminded that I needed to do the inside. Something that Teneale is famous for. OK, I might have directly borrowed the Typeset DSP strip idea from her but how can you not. It looks SO good. I simply mounted it along with some Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped kraft cardstock and there you go, a jazzed up inside. I love it.

A kraft-y Open Heart. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Kraft 12" x 12", An Open Heart stamp set, Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Typeset DSP, Sweet Sadie washi, Very Vintage button

Thus ends my tribute to Teneale which really only started with a quick visit to her blog. But you can’t come away without being inspired!

I love this one so much that I’m truly undecided about putting it in my Etsy store. I guess you’ll have to convince me if you want to buy it 😉 Just comment below to persuade me…

Jess x

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My (husband’s) Best Friend’s Wedding

I LOVE a wedding but there’s something SO scary about creating the perfect wedding card. And, as a cardmaker, you have to make it yourself because, a) you think handmade cards are better than store bought anyway, and b) you think the recipient will be offended if you didn’t put in the effort to make it. Maybe that’s just me. This wedding was a special one. My husband is a groomsman and has known the groom since high school, I worked with him for a time many years ago and he was one of our groomsmen. The pressure was on to make a pretty perfect card.

I took my inspiration from the wedding invite, because that’s just what you do right? Fortunately for me, it was just my style. The invite (and wedding) was a modern rustic theme (think beautiful flowers, lace, burlap, bunting and kraft) and was quite simple with black printing on kraft and some vanilla baker’s twine wrapped around it.

I wanted to imitate it a little and knew I wanted to use the gorgeous blooms from the Always & Forever invitation template on MDS (the one I used with Blendabilities in my last post). I cropped the particular blooms I liked and then exported them into Photoshop to enable me to mask and create a transparent background. I then arranged them how I wanted them and printed onto Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock (I think I may have an addiction to this product).

The Burlap Ribbon was perfect when paired with my favourite Venetian crochet trim and to make it a little more special, I used the Large Scallop Edgelit on the burlap. I wrapped this around my cardstock and finished it off with linen thread, a Very Vintage Designer Button and a little punched heart.

Rustic/vintage wedding card. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: kraft, MDS, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Very Vintage Designer Button, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Linen Thread

Because I made the card a unique size, I created a matching envelope for it using my Envelope Punch Board and obviously they were special friends because I used most of a sheet of my favourite Typeset DSP for an envelope liner!

Here are a few more snaps from the wedding…

Beautiful bouquets created by one of the bridesmaids


The glorious vineyard where the ceremoney and reception were held


My love and I…



And in awesome news… I was so thrilled with how the card turned out that I’ve since whipped up several more (in a standard size) and have added them to my Etsy store for you to give to the special bride and groom (or engaged couple, or your love) in your life. If you’d prefer to recreate mine, you can just purchase the supplies from my Stampin’ Up! store.

Jess x

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