This time of year can feel really dull, especially when winter may keep you inside. So, taking the Astrobright CutCardStock paper, I thought I’d bring a bright and cheery item to the blog today! This postage stamp shaped Valentine’s banner will brighten up any mantel, shelf, or doorway. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to assemble.
Prepare Your Pieces
For this project, instead of dies this time, I used a couple of selections from Cricut Design Space and my Cricut Joy machine. Search “postage stamp” in the image menu, and you will get hundreds of options.
This file is a layered image, and I left off the wavy postage lines. The font style is called DJ Flirt. I cut it twice to get the drop shadow look as you see in the finished product. The stamp’s background is cut in Astrobright Pulsar Pink, and the foreground is in Classic Crest Solar White. The letters were cut twice: once in Poptone Black Licorice and once in Light Green. The stamps are about 4″ long, and the letters measure about 3″ long.
For the front panel, I decided to dig out conversation heart stamps from a couple seasons back. These I purchased at Michaels. Don’t these remind you of getting Valentine candy as a kid? A stencil would work well here too, or any other heart-shaped stamp in your stash!
The colors chosen are Distress Oxide stamp pads from Tim Holtz: Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, and Wilted Violet. These colors really complement the bright colors from the Astrobright CutCardStock line of paper! Then, I also added detail around the borders with a thin, black gel pen.
Assemble Your Stamp Shaped Valentine’s Banner
Next, for assembly: I added eyelets to the corners of each Astrobright Pulsar Pink panel, so the banner would not tear easily. I strung pink ribbon through the backs of each piece. Using pop dots, I secured the Solar White panels to the front of the postage stamp. Then, I glued down the Black Licorice letter on the panel and the Light Green letter next, but slightly off-center and to the right.
My final addition is tying smaller pieces of white pom-pom and lavender satin ribbon in between each panel to give it a ‘shabby chic’ look. This postage stamp shaped Valentine’s banner really adds a pop of color – I might even hang this in the background for my upcoming Zoom calls this month!