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I love the My Paper Pumpkin Kits!  This month- January 2015, we received This adorable Valentine kit:

Zppjanuary1Although the theme is GORGEOUS Treat bags made from shiny red, white and gold papers with gold trims, This kit has the CUTEST Valetine's Day Stamp set!

I used it to create a card for the hubby-  shhhhhhhhhh you cannot tell on me!

Blog Hop Card January 2015 009Each Monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit comes with a Cute Polymer (CLEAR) Stamp.  These are lovely pliable clear stamps unlike any other on the market.  I wasn't a clear stamp person until Stampin Up! Came up with the Photopolymer Stamps! WOW! I am using them ALL THE TIME now!

As you can see in the photo, there are 3 hearts.  I layed them on my cardfront spacing them the way I wanted them and then.....

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I layed our largest Clear Block over them and pressed to stick them to it.

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Here they are with the block standing up
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I love being able to do this so that I don't have to stamp them 1 heart at a time and get them all spaced wonky that way!  This way,  I stamped once and it was done!  A great timesaver! Especially when making more than 1 card.   Had I wanted them spaced at a diagonal I would use the same idea. Lay them out on the card front where  I want them and then stick the block to them and then ink and stamp!

I confess that at 5 am today I remembered I needed this project done to post- lol and at that time of day I wasn't thinking so clearly and put the stamp "to the ink" pad and by doing so, got those red ink pad marks on the clear block- UGH!

The BEST way to ink something like this is to lay the block on the table (do not hold it) with the stamps up and then use the ink pad to ink the stamps. This is an especially great method for inking up the larger stamp surfaces!

Blog Hop Card January 2015 002So to fix the mess, I used a paper towel sprayed with our stamp cleaner and removed the ink pad markings, thus taking away the ability to wiggle the block while stamping and have the ink pad ink show up on my cardstock when I didn't want it!  The extra ink in the center of the heart I didnt worry about because I didn't press so hard for it to show up on the cardstock.

Most people use a foam mat under their clear stamps, I don't feel the need with Stampin Up Photopolymer Stamps. They stamp very clearly for me without it!  Adding that foam under cardstock makes it easier to get that inside ink on cardstockand so does pressing the stamp to hard to the cardstock.

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Here is the cardfront after I stamped in Memento black ink, the "you have my heart" stamp from the set. I added the White Baking Twine and tied a knot and adhered it to the Real Red Cardbase.- DONE in less than 10 minutesBlog Hop Card January 2015 012
Below is my finished card.  I am sorry about the placement of the copyright required by Stampin Up-  Gimp (the editing program I Use for the copyright) recently did an update and now the link where I used to be able to move the copyright around doesn't work. I am going to have to research it more to find out  where they "hid" that ability (transform tools/move layer) within the program-  I HATE it when MEN DO THAT! It surely doesn't make it any "easier" to use!  I like simple and fun, not buried and frustrating computer programs!

Blog Hop Card January 2015 011This is a 6"x6" card using Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, Real Red and Memento Black inks and our really cool White Bakers String. If this were going to a female instead of the hubby, I would add a rhinestone to one of the red hearts to girlie it up.

Here is the inside. I left it mostly blank so I can write something really mushy.........

Blog Hop Card January 2015 008I wanted a larger card than what is "normal" so I would have a lot of room to write!

It's so much fun to get the My Paper Pumpkin Kits and then find other ways to use either the papers or the stamps!

I hope you enjoyed this easy easy card and it inspires you to create something for your loved one!

I am undecided about an envelope at this time. It will take a 9.5" x9.5" piece of cardstock or paper to create one using our Envelope board. I dont like to use cardstock for envelopes, to me the cardstock is just to heavy and I am not sure if I have any heart designer paper. Although while typing we do have the Typeset designer paper with all the newsprint on it- that would make a really cute envelope!  Guess I will have to do that later today and post the envelope tomorrow!

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