And in the end the love you take
Is equal to the love you make.
Ah I love that Beatles quote. Happy Valentine's Day! Did you know the history of Valentine's Day? I didn't. There is a 5 minute video on the History Channel's website that explores the pagan, religious and commercial past of the holiday that is kind of neat to watch. All I can say is I am sure glad I didn't live during the pagan period! That part was kind of gross. Today's card: I so often post time consuming cards that I thought I would post a card that can be made in minutes today.
I took a cue from the Imaginisce patterned paper So Happy Together from the Loves Me collection and cut right along the pattern to create this card. The Adore stamp is from the same collection and comes in clear acrylic singles for $1.49 (probably less if you are in the U.S.) I embossed the stamp with white embossing powder.
The method of applying my brads is today's Design Tip and can be seen at the bottom of this post.
I was going to do a tutorial on the Design Ruler as there are SO many cool things to be done with it, but Tim Holtz' video (link *here*) really says it all. If you are like me you have been wondering how this new ruler compares to the Zero Hero, which has been around a while. How do these two tools compare?
I was going to do a tutorial on the Design Ruler as there are SO many cool things to be done with it, but Tim Holtz' video (link *here*) really says it all. If you are like me you have been wondering how this new ruler compares to the Zero Hero, which has been around a while.
How do these two tools compare?Similarities
- Low price ($4 for the Zero Hero $6 for the Design Ruler
- Centering Ruler: Centered at zero and counts out to 6 inches on either side (total of 12 inches long), allowing you to center projects
- Mini holes to allow paper piercing and measure marks
- The Design Ruler (DR) has one metal edge, allowing you to use your Ex-acto knife to cut
- The DR has holes spaces at 1/8 inch apart, the Zero Hero (ZH) has holes spaced at 1/4 inch apart
- The DR is firm plastic, and thicker. The ZH is flexible and very thin.
- The DR has a grid that is great for making evenly cut lines on your paper as you cut but can be a bit distracting. The ZH has more clear space but at the cost of that fantastic grid.
- The ZH has a long line in the center for marking and drawing. DR has none.
- The DR has the centered measurements on one side, and a standard 12 inch markings on the other. The ZH only has the centered measurements.
- The ZH comes in two sizes: 12 inch and 18 inch; the DR only comes in 12 inch (for now).
For $2 more, the Design Ruler is more useful if you can get past the grid marks. If the grid marks were lighter, it would be the perfect tool. If you are interested in learning more about the Zero Hero, I did a mini review a few months back which can be seen on my blog here).
Do you have a problem getting a row of brads straight on your card? Even when I used a conventional ruler, the brads often ended up looking crooked in one way or another. The new Tim Holtz Design Ruler has holes on one edge that are 1/8 inch apart and allow you to measure and pierce evenly.
I use my paper piercing needle to poke the holes directly on the ruler (with a protective craft mat underneath). This allows me to skip the step of punching the holes which is where my evenly drawn lines would go wrong in the past.
If the holes are not wide enough at this point you can pierce the paper deeper (my needle is wider towards the center) while moving side to side gently.
Voila! Evenly spaced and perfectly placed without much fuss at all.
Did you ever see the I Love Lucy where she and Ethel are working at a candy factory and the assembly line gets faster and faster and mayhem ensues? That is what has happened to me with the cards today, except that I can't pop them in my mouth to keep up! I still have 2 or 3 projects and cards to post and here the holiday has arrived.
I will try to get them posted later today.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Imaginisce Adore clear stamp
Paper: Imaginisce So Happy Together from the Loves Me collection; Stampin' Up! Pomegranate and Kraft
Ink: VersaMark for embossing
Accessories: Stampendous Detail White Embossing powder; Pop up glue dots; May Arts pink ribbon with gold trim and white ribbon; Making Memories Mini Brads Value Pack from the Love Story collection; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Ruler