Product Review: Heartfelt Creations
Finished Card Size: 5.5" x 5.5"
About a year ago, the local stamp store where I taught brought in a few of Heartfelt Creations rubber stamps and a few Nestabilities made especially to go with their stamps. That was the first time I ever saw their stamps, although they have been around a while. I bought one stamp set and one nestability set. I didn't know how to use them, so I went home and looked them up on the web. Their site included instructions and downloadable tutorials and I made a three dimensional flower. I was planning to make cards and use it in a class I was planning; but unfortunately, my LSS closed (sob!), so it all went on the back burner and got replaced with finding a new place to teach and my duties here at the e-zine.
Then, recently, the only one of our artistic guides who lives in my state, Nancy Thaut, told me about a convention that was going to be held in a neighboring city, and said there was a Heartfelt Creations class she wanted to take, and asked if I wanted to meet her there. Duh! Silly question!
We attended the convention and took the class together first thing in the morning. I was so impressed with the class where we made a total of five (yes five) cards in 50 minutes, that I ran, not walked, down to the Heartfelt Creations booth where I met two of the owners, Emma Lou and her DH, Richard, in their booth. Both of them are quite young, very friendly, and full of information and helpful hints. There were so many gorgeous samples that it was mind boggling. They answered all my questions and gave me helpful hints and tips on how to use the products. In the booth I got to do a Make and Take, which showed additional techniques not taught in the class. I purchased a Platinum Preferred Customer membership, which gives me 20% off all purchases for the rest of my life! I spent almost the whole day at that booth, and spent all the money I took (and then some) on their stamps and products. The only hard thing was making up my mind which products to buy since I couldn't buy them all.
Emma Lou's mother, whose name is Linda (how cool is that) is the founder of the company, and the primary artist for the sketches that are turned into rubber stamps. The whole family is involved in the business. To see the full story of how this company was born and has evolved, in Linda's own words, go here and click on "About". While you are there, be sure to check out the products, their blog, and the gallery. Gorgeous beyond words! Now onto the review of this Company and their products.
They sell many products other than their exclusive stamps, including my favorite glitter and glitter adhesive, Spellbinders products, and other accessories as well, but I will concentrate mainly on their rubber stamps. While they do sell wood mounted stamps, and rubber sheets, all that I bought were pre-cut rubber stamp sets mounted on EZ mount foam, ready to use on an acrylic block. Here are some of the things I liked about the stamps.
- They are deeply etched onto red rubber.
- They are perfectly trimmed and ready to use. I used to buy a lot of rubber sheets, and still do, if pre-mounted isn't available, but the additional cost is minimal for an EZ mounted stamp, and they do a much better job of trimming than I do.
- The designs are unique, on a large number of subjects unlike any stamps I currently have, or have seen anywhere else. They also seem to be made for layered, dimensional, or 3D cards.
- The variety and number of stamps they have created is amazing for a small family owned business. Linda says she sketches about 24/7 and I believe her!
- Many of the stamps fit perfectly with exclusive Spellbinders dies which will give you a perfect cut every time, and save lots of time in hand cutting for layered designs.
- The stamps from different sets work very well together. They have whole collections available, with several sets in each collection that were designed so they can be mixed and matched in your designs.
- They release new stamp sets on a monthly basis, the second Wednesday of each month.
In addition to the quality and variety of the stamps, I think their website is one of the most complete rubber stamp sites I've ever seen. There are so many samples and tutorials, I don't know if I'll ever get through them all. They have an awesome design team, very talented and creative, and release new samples weekly, so there's no excuse for not knowing what to do with the stamps. Can you tell I like this Company? I've already placed two orders, one of which I won't receive for a few days, and I will be ordering more this year. Now onto the show and tell. I have to confess it took me a while to come up with my own design for these stamps. There are so many gorgeous samples and tutorials on their website that it's hard not to just copy them. But that wouldn't be fair, now would it? However, if you check them out, you will notice that their style and samples influenced my design significantly.
Here is the information on the card shown above.
Dutch Iris Pre-Cut Oval Set
Dutch Iris Medley Pre-Cut Set
Stained Glass Pre-Cut Set
Polka Dot Double -Sided Card Stock (Memory Box)
Curious Metallic Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins)
Brown Card Stock (Artist's Stash)
Curious Metallic Gold Leaf (Arjo Wiggins)
Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink (Tsukineko)
Nestabilities Scalloped Oval Large (Spellbinders)
Nestabilities Scalloped Oval Small (Spellbinders)
Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)
Copic Alcohol Markers (.too Corp.)
Detail Scissors (Cutter-Bee)
Paper Trimmer (Fiskars)
Score Board (Scor-Pal)
Double-sided Adhesive (Staples)
Scotch Dimensional Double-sided Tape (3M)
Half Inch Brown Polka Dot Ribbon ((American Crafts)
- Begin by making the card blank cutting the polka dot stock to 11" x 5.5", and score in the middle for a top folding card. The nice thing about this Memory Box stock is that the other side of the stock is white, so you don't need to put inserts in to do a sentiment. Cut a piece of the brown card stock to 5.25" by 5.25" and adhere to the card blank. Cut a piece of gold to 5" x 5" and stamp the stained glass stamp two times to cover the entire piece. Distress the edges with the Rich Cocoa ink and adhere to the card.
- On a scrap of brown, die cut the largest Large Scalloped Oval, and on a scrap of gold, die cut the largest Small Scalloped Oval. The nice thing about the Grand Calibur is that you can cut them both at the same time. Emboss the gold oval. Layer the two pieces and adhere slightly above center on the card.
- Stamp the Oval Iris stamp from the Oval set, and one iris and one each of the two leaves and one bud leaf from the medley set and color with Copics colors of choice. The colors I used were: for the Irises: E33, Y19, Y13, and Y000; for the leaves: G28, G24, G40; for the background on the inside of the oval stamped leaves I shaded a bit with BG0000.
- Fussy cut out all images with detail scissors, and using your fingers, slightly curl each image to create dimension.
- Arrange the pieces on top of the ovals as shown in the finished card. When you are happy with the arrangement, adhere each of them with strips of the dimensional tape.
- Make a double bow with the ribbon and adhere with a small strip of dimensional tape to the bottom of the oval. This will cover up the edges of the leaves that were added on top of the main image. Write your name on a small sticker and adhere to the back of the card, and it's finished! Here it is again.
I hope you have enjoyed this product review and if you visit Heartfelt Creations, let them know where you read about them. You can expect to see more samples using their stamps in the months to come. Also, look for more product reviews at Stampers Quest this year!
Disclaimer: This is an individual review of Heartfelt Creations and their products. All products were purchased by the designer and were not in any way donated by Heartfelt Creations.