Sunday, January 6, 2013

Broken Border Distressed Valentine Card

My good friend Beth Normal from Sunflowers and Dragons has made several cards which she calls Broken Border.  I like the look of them but alas while I was designing this card I did not like the look with my phrase and so modified it.

Here is my first Valentine of the year and it isn't even fussy with ribbon and lace. I think it would be perfect to give a man.
First I drew a rectangle in Studio. Then taking the wave knife in Designer Edition I cut the rectangle in half. I always like to see how things look on my work space before cutting so moved the pieces apart and added the love phrase and hearts. I didn't like how it looked. I deleted the bottom and copied the top part and then flipped it for the bottom panel. Next time though because the way the embossing would have turned out as far as pattern goes I will do it as I originally did. LOL! Just little things I don't think about.

I saw this technique using embossing folders and loved it. First I heat embossed my panels with copper powder although any color will do. Instead of cutting the panels out of white I cut them out of the same  pearl card stock I cut the hearts and love phrase from. I found my Darice layered heart folder that I bought last year. I think the dogs had been crafting with it because it was on the floor behind a piece of furniture. (By the way Amazon carries this folder if you would like to buy one. Not that I would enable spend money.)Then embossed like I normally would. I could have left it like it was but I lightly sanded it so that some of the card base color showed through. Interestingly the pearl sheen dissolved leaving a slightly darker color.

The love was made by welding letters using Lucida Handwriting and Lucida Calligraphy. The small hearts are made from the heart charm in the library. I ungrouped and deleted the small circle and the inner piece.

There you have it my frugal Valentine card. I already like usual had everything on hand. The pearl card stock was in an assortment of 12x12 medium card stock that I bought almost two years ago on sale. I have no idea who makes it which is a shame as it cuts beautifully with my Silhouette.

I hope if you have an embossing machine that you will try this technique. By the way heat embossing then using an embossing folder is a great way to use card stock that may have faded,gotten stained,or suffered a stamping mishap. Not that any of you would have card stock that suffered from some bad condition like that. Especially no chocolate stained pieces. LOL!

That's all for now. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.


  1. Beautiful card. Love the copper embossing and the sanded effect.

  2. What a beauty. You sure so some remarkable and creative things. I love the way you think out of the box and keep things frugal. Thanks for sharing. xxx-Debbie

  3. Simple yet very elegant effect with the copper tone. Wonderful job, Myoriah! I too vow to learn more about my Cameo.

  4. Wow, did this ever turn out night. I love the broken border technique and you did a fabulous job with it.


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