A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Friday, 23 February 2018

Twofer Hearts

Finally getting cards finished for Darnell's second Twofer Challenge:

A friend had asked me to make five Valentine cards for her, one of which is one of my "twofer".  I then had the idea for the second card but only just got it finished - darn those Winter Olympics as they are so addictive they've eaten up a lot of my free time!  But since it's not a Valentine, it didn't matter.

The heart die I used creates a beautiful background of lots of heart shapes linked together.  When you cut it, all the little interior hearts come out of it, giving you many tiny hearts for other projects.

The background for the Valentine was made by sprinkling red and pink Brushos on coated cs and spritzing with water.  I then die cut the hearts background out of cream shimmer cs and glued it down.  I die cut one large cream shimmer stitched heart and popped it up on top with fun foam.

I made the second card for one of my sisters.  She is the most incredibly supportive and encouraging person, and I often forget to tell her how much I appreciate her.

The background is purple and blue Brushos sprinkled on Yupo and spritzed with water.   I stamped the branch and sentiments with Staz-On and added three of the tiny cream shimmer hearts that came out of the background die cut on the first card.  The cardbase is the same cream shimmer cs as the hearts.

Darnell's Twofer Challenge is a great way to get more out of our products and to see ways to use the same thing to make cards for very different occasions.  

Stamps - PTI sentiment (1st card); SU World of Dreams, River City Rubber Works (2nd card)
Ink - Archival Red (1st card); StazOn black (2nd card)
Paper - cream shimmer cs, white and coated cs (1st card); cream shimmer cs, Yupo
Size - A2 (1st card); 4.5" square (2nd card)
Accessories - red and pink Brushos, stitched heart die cut, SSS stacking hearts die (1st card); blue and purple Brushos, SSS stacking hearts die (both cards)


  1. These are both so pretty, Susan! We'll have to talk about that beautiful cream shimmer paper! It is so effective for both the big stitched heart and the heart frame against all that soft pink! And the WOW, you have given us a vibrant glowing blue which makes your black silhouette and left-over hearts pop! Can you believe I have that same sisters stamp?! Mine is a very old wooden one. Thank you so much for playing along in Twofer Card Challenge #2!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. so pretty, your shimmer card stock is perfect for the valentine card and I love the blue of your card for your sister. Enjoy the Olympics it will be four years to the next, two week in four years is OK.

  3. Beautiful cards Susan!! Love the soft colours of the background of your valentine's day card. I have a hard time getting soft colours with brushos ... I never know when there's enough crystals. :)

    Love the blue watercoloured background on Yupo. I had tried that before but it took days for it to dry. Did that happen to you?? No matter what, it was worth the wait. Gorgeous colours and a lovely sentiment to send to Julie! :) Thanks for joining us at Twofer Card Challenge. xx

  4. That creamy shimmer paper is gorgeous. It adds just a bit 'extra' to your cards and makes them ever more pretty. The Valentine is lovely with that great brusho background and all those hearts. I have a sister just like you've described on your second card. Love the black branch against those rich blues and purples. Two great cards! Thank you for joining us at the Twofer Challenge. Bev

  5. These are awesome, my friend! Love that soft pink background with the cream shimmer hearts! So perfect for a Valentine! The blue and purple Brushos blend together beautifully and the silhouette image with the wonderful sentiment will be cherished by your sister!

  6. Oh My, Susan...you made two gorgeous and very different card designs out of your stacked hearts die cut. I love your Brushos backgrounds for both your cards. I never think to use Brushos on Yupo..I want to try your beautiful technique. Your sister is going to be thrilled with her beautiful card made with so much love. TFS my friend. Hugs..

  7. Two beautifully done cards....well done mf.
    xx Karen

  8. Two lovely cards using the hearts die - so different with the change in colors and sentiments - a lovely one for your sister!


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