Handcrafted Valentine's Day Card - Double Dutch Fold Cupid

Handcrafted Valentine’s Day Card – Double Dutch Fold Cupid

Hello, everyone!  I have been wanting to create a double fold dutch card for so long, and now, I finally have!  This handcrafted Valentine’s Day Card – Double Dutch Fold Cupid was designed on my Cricut Explore.  When closed, this card measures 5″ x 6 1/2″.  The two small squares measure 2 1/2″ square.  I scored the top fold at 3″.  It was so fun to make this card.

First, I used Cricut Design Space to create the card base.  The main card base is shaped like an upside down “T”.  Next, I took a double heart border and sliced it with a rectangle to get just the upside down hearts.  I didn’t like the flat edge, so I then duplicated the hearts border and used just the edge to slice the edge of the heart border.  Next, I welded the hearts border to the “T” card base.  Finally, I created the score marks where the top fold would fold down and at where the arms met the body of the “T”.

Next, I inserted 4 squares at 2 1/4″ square to place on the outside and inside of the arms.  Then, I located a few images that I thought would go well with the card.  I decided on a stitched heart, cupid and a love you badge.  I knew that I wanted to use mostly shades of red for a challenge going on over at Crafty Gals Corner.  While shopping at the craft store yesterday, I found a most awesome stack of paper called The Year Round.  This stack has something for all seasons and a lot of holidays.  I chose to use two designer papers out of this stack.

In addition, I knew that I wanted to use a pretty gray for the card base.  Originally, I cut the base out with a light gray card stock, but something happened in the middle of the cut and it was ruined.  Of course, this was my last piece of this card stock.  It is time to buy more gray card stock!  I found the paper I used in a stack of paper with different plaids in my stash.  I reinforced the paper with thicker card stock layers behind the designer sheets because it was too thin.  The card is much sturdier because of it.

Card Back

Card Back

I had so much fun creating the inner panel of the card.  First, I started with a shimmer white card stock.  Then, I used a dauber to ink most of the sheet with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Door from Ranger.  Barn Door is a vibrant red color.  It is so pretty.  Next, I sprayed Shimmer Mist over the whole panel.  Finally, I sprayed some Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray form Ranger.  This is the first time I have used this spray and I love it, too!  The final outcome turned out so shimmery and beautiful.  To finish off the inside panel, I added the love you badge I cut with my Cricut and attached a few heart sequins.

For the inner arm panels, I had cut two squares with stitched hearts.  The hearts were not really visible.  To make the hearts stand out, I hand stitched silver thread through the hearts.  This is the first time I have used metallic threads.  At first, it was really frustrating because I could not find the end of the thread and the metallic silver was peeling away from the thread base.  Once I found the end, it was awesome.  This thread is very slippery and kept slipping the needle, but it was worth it!

Silver Metallic Stitched Heart

Silver Metallic Stitched Heart

Challenges

I entered this card into the following challenges.  Take a moment to check out these great crafty blogs!

Challenge #109 – Shades of Red from Crafty Gals Corner.  I added mostly red shades of card stock to this challenge with a few gray and whites to add contrast.

Crafty Gals Corner Blog

Simon Says – Young at Heart from Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  Love these guys and gals!  The stitched hearts, heart designer paper and heart sequins were added for this challenge.

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Anything Goes with a Twist – Use 3 Designer Papers from Crafty Catz.  Oh, this is a fun blog and great challenge!  I used the gray designer paper for the card base, the hearts background on the card front and the Valentine designer paper on the outside panels of the arms were used for this challenge.

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog

Challenge #268 – Anything Goes from Creative Inspirations.  I just really wanted to add a card to this challenge because as the name states, this blog has great inspiration.

Creative Inspirations Cut Critters Challenge

Creative Inspirations Cut Critters Challenge

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