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My Monthly Hero – September Kit

Hello, Crafty Internet!

Today I am sharing something a little out of my comfort zone. I didn’t make a card…I made name cards for place settings. I’m not at all fancy, but the idea came to me when I saw the technique for partial die cutting Jennifer McGuire used in this video.

I received the September Kit from Hero Arts for my birthday (from me to me) and immediately set about seeing what the other crafty internet peoples had videoed with it. Lots of great content out there and you definitely want to check it out even if you don’t have the kit. Unfortunately, the kit is sold out as of this posting but I linked to the home page so you can catch the next release if you like.

Here’s the kit:

The inks on the left were not included with the kit. They are some I picked up from Hobby Lobby to help with the layering pumpkins and such. This was a great kit. I don’t get a lot of Hero Arts kits because they are usually gone by the time I get around to the site, but I got lucky this time. September is my lucky month anyway *wink*.

I started by cutting white cardstock at 2 1/4 x 3 1/2. I used my mini Misti to stamp the pumpkin layers.

Here are the stems all stamped up.

Jennifer McGuire has a video where she made some great cards with the kit and she shared a technique that I had never tried…honestly, there are gobs of techniques I’ve never tried and I’ve been card making for a while now… Anyway, when I saw her demonstrate partial die cutting, I thought of this craft. How easy and fun it would be to make name cards for place settings.

Here they are all cut out with the stems glued on with matte medium. The tricky part of this is to make sure you get the die in the right spot. I did not do that every time so some of them came out with more of a white edge than others. I trimmed them up using scissors and decided to let that just add to the charm.

I used my Martha Stewart scoring tool to make the lines I needed to fold to create the stand for the card. I scored at 1/4″, 5/8″, and 1 1/4″.

After scoring the paper, I used some matte medium I have in a fine tipped applicator and put a line around the edge where the stem met the pumpkin. Then I used Prima Micro Beads in Bronze. These are a fun thing to use, let me tell ya. If you don’t have your catching paper right side up, they will take that as a cue to travel all over everything and make a really nice mess.

The final result:

Other ways to fancy this up would be to emboss the final layers of the stamps or put some faux stitching around the edges. If you have some nice script alphabet stamps you can emboss the names on the card. You can also add a little clear glitter pen to the stems for some sparkle.

I don’t use fancy name cards for table arrangements but this would be so easy to make and use for that I may just put them on the table for supper tomorrow. Let’s be fancy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah

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