I may have decided to opt out of the whole die-cut machine investment so many stampers embrace, but years ago, my husband bought me the space-ship thingy from Fiskars, so I am not completely without the ability to cut a (very) limited number of shapes with a device.
I have a small stack of templates for the Fiskars ShapeCutter, and the hearts are among the most used of those templates.
Operation Write Home regularly requests love-themed cards for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who are deployed. These men and women want to send lots of love home to their families, so I try to make a significant proportion of the cards I send love-themed.
My recent purchase of Hero Arts' Oh, Snap set was largely intended for Operation Write Home, and here are two cards showcasing a nice, big sentiment from that set.
First up, white-on-white layers of hearts frame and accent the sentiment. I love this in its simplicity, but I recognize that many people might feel it is too plain. On the negative side for me, though...that red (Memento Love Letter) just isn't my favorite.
My second card kicks up the interest with a bold color combination and an interesting border to anchor the single large heart. The Red Royal and Soft Gray from Hero Arts compliment each other perfectly, and the arrow border (with two rows going in different directions) gives a sense of movement to the design.
Visually, the second card is definitely more interesting than the first, but I do love the quiet layering of the first card.
What do you think?
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Memento and Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Fiskars shape cutter and template, dimensionals