• My Alpha Valentine

by Kristine Mysah Khatri January 27, 2020

Love, love, love you, my valentine!

Ever had a phrase that you wanted to put on a card but didn't have the perfect die or stamp for it? That's where alphabet dies/stamps and sentiment heavy die/stamp sets shine. Sentiments can be easily built, or intermixed with other sets. 

For this card, I used Concord & 9th's Double-Cut Alphabet Dies, which is a fantastic set, as it cuts out the letter as well as an outline for it. You can use either or combine to get a thicker die-cut alpha letter.

I wanted to get my die-cut design in the middle of my card panel, so I first made a rough version (which was 4" x 5.25"), marked out the center, placed my dies and worked my way outwards from the center. Since I wanted more of my background to be seen, I also used the lines from the Everyday Circle dies set from Concord & 9th, once I was done with die cutting the word love three times. I had used a slightly thick paper, so that I can use it as a guide for when I cut the actual cardstock that I planned on using for the card.

By taping your guide on to the card panel, you can slip your alphas into the spaces, tape them in place and then run them through your die-cutting machine. You can see how I do this in the video at the end of this post, or watch it here.

Warm & Happy

The background took a bit of effort to blend. I used only five ink colors for this card, three of which were Distress Inks (Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmon) for the background and the tiny hearts stamped on the card panel. On the card base which is 5.5" x 8.5" (scored at 4.25") I marked where I should do my ink blending in and started with the lightest color (Dried Marigold) and worked my way down using light circular movements with a mini blending tool. A good idea is to pounce the blending tool on a craft surface to remove excess ink, so that when you do your blending, you won't get a harsh spot of ink on your project. I forgot to do this, when I used Abandoned Coral, and had to do more blending to make the blend seamless.

Don't rush your blending and keep using a light hand to build and blend the colors into each other. Once you're done with the blending, you can choose to leave it as is, or like me, use a couple of stamps to add some flair to the background. I used the Background Blocks stamp set from Concord & 9th and the same three colors I had used for blending the background.

Yummy Glossy hearts

To get the hearts perfectly stamped in the middle of the "O", I used my Stamping Platform and placed the card base and panel in it. aligned the heart inside the "O" and proceeded to stamp. I also went ahead and stamped a few small hearts from the Happy Words stamp set on to the card panel. I wanted to make these hearts stand out, and applied Ranger's Glossy Accents on them.

I think I had an air bubble inside my bottle, and it kind of sputtered out as I was doing the top most heart on the card base. I read somewhere that to prevent this, it's best to store your bottle upside down. I'm not quite sure if this works, but I'll definitely give it a try.

More Blending

I wanted my sentiment to be on a teal cardstock, but I didn't have any on hand, so I made my own, by using Altenew's Aqualicious. I did the same light circular movement to get an even color. This time around I made sure that the ink was completely dry on the strip and used an anti-static tool, before stamping my sentiment with Altenew's Teal Cave and Versamark embossing ink pad. I picked out a couple of phrases from the Happy Words stamp set, and was careful to avoid inking the words I didn't want to include. Masking them off before applying Teal Cave and Versamark is also another alternative, either way, make sure to wipe those areas just in case.

Then add an embossing powder of your choice, I used Ranger's Clear embossing powder just for that shine and dimension, making sure to brush off any excess powder on the strip. With a heat tool, heat the powder till you see all of it completely melt.


I used foam tape to adhere the card panel on to the card base, but neglected to put some tape around the center of the card. This coupled with my wrong positioning of the foam squares on the back of the sentiment strip, made the center area drop downwards. This could have been avoided had I put foam tape in the center areas of the card panel, and placed the foam squares on the card panel in a line and then stick my sentiment strip on it. Oh well, you learn from your mistakes :)

Kristine Mysah Khatri
Kristine Mysah Khatri


Loves cats and crafting, and is currently adding roller skating/blading to the mix. Hopes to spread her love of crafting to others and someday do a drop in at the skate park.

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