Painted Harvest Christmas Wreath Card

The creativity that stampers have never ceases to amaze me.  I’m sure you’ve seen cards that have Christmas wreaths designed using the Painted Harvest stamp set.  The design is simple brilliance.  I’ve added a little twist with Designer Series Paper (DSP) and inlaid embossing to the final card.  Take a look below.  This is the second card that I am sharing featuring the great Painted Harvest Suite!  To see the first design, click here.

If you’ve followed my blog over the last few weeks, you know that I’ve been having a great time using DSP in my cards.  I’ll confess that I haven’t been a huge DSP fan for very long.  But, I am now and will be taking advantage of the great October DSP sale that Stampin’ Up! is having.  Take a look at a recent post to get a preview.

Now, let’s talk about this card.  I bet you love to make and send Holiday cards to your friends and family.  If you’re like me, you like to have cards that make the receiver think “How did she make this card?” but you don’t have a lot of time to design and make the cards.  Let’s face it, our lives get even busier around the holiday season.  Cards that don’t take a lot of time to make but still have that WOW effect are definitely appreciated.  That being said – You are going to love this card!

Here are the steps I used to make this card.

  • The card base is Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ then scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Whisper White is such a clean starting point for a simple card.  It provides a great, elegant backdrop for the card.
  • The frame is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut to 5″ x 4″.  This is one of my absolute favorite colors for Christmas cards.
  • You can see that the next layer is a piece of Be Merry DSP collection, cut to 4″ x 4″.  I cut this size intentionally since I can get nine pieces from a 12″ x 12″ piece of DSP.  The random design in this piece of DSP is perfect for inlaid die cutting.
  • The wreath is made from the two-step flower stamps in the Painted Harvest stamp set.  The bottom, larger flower was stamped with Old Olive ink.  The top, smaller flower was stamped with Garden Green ink.  The berries are made with the dot stamp from the Painted Harvest stamp set and Cherry Cobbler ink.  The wreath is stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  • The stamped wreath is die cut using the second largest square die in the amazing Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I absolutely love these framelits and use them quite often.  To finish the wreath piece, I used the smaller end of a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to add faux stitching.
  • Before you put any pieces of the card together, die cut the bow and the word “hope” from the Cherry Cobbler piece.  Make sure you cut the pieces in places that won’t be seen when you put the piece of DSP over the Cherry Cobbler piece.  This trick is a great way to save paper, and nobody will ever know your secret!  The bow die is the smaller bow in the Pretty Pines Thinlits collection, and the “hope” die is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits collection.
  • You’re also going to die cut “hope” from the piece of DSP centered underneath where the wreath piece will be attached.
  • Inlaid embossing is a great technique that allows you to put a die cut piece into an opening cut for that die cut.  It’s as if you are putting a puzzle piece into a hole designed for that piece.  For this card – the Cherry Cobbler die cut “hope” is going to fit into the die cut opening in the DSP piece.  To complete the inlaid embossing – Cut a piece of the same DSP used for the card to a size that will just fit behind the opening you made in the DSP when you die cut “hope”.  Attach this piece on the reverse side of the DSP piece using tape.  At first, this is going to look a little strange because you’re going to see the same DSP inside the die cut and outside the die cut area.  Now, take the Cherry Cobbler die cut piece and lay it down inside the opening.  It will fit perfectly!  Your inlaid embossing is done!
  • Adhere the Cherry Cobbler piece directly to the Whisper White card base.  Adhere the completed DSP piece with the inlaid embossing directly onto the Cherry Cobbler frame piece.  Use Dimensionals to add the wreath piece onto the DSP piece.  Use a Glue Dot to add the die cut ribbon to the wreath.  If you find the glue dot is too wide and will show behind the bow, roll the glue dot in between your fingers to make it into a small ball.  Then, use it to adhere the bow.
  • For a final sparkle, you can color the bow and the die cut “hope” using a Clear Wink of Stella pen.

The message is simple yet powerful as is the final card.  Give the card a try!  Make it yours by changing the colors, using different DSP as a base, adding a ribbon bow, or making it just as pictured – I would be flattered!

The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Product List

Glue Dots



Get Ready to Stock-Up on DSP!!!

Over the last few weeks, I have been posting cards that use Designer Series Paper (DSP) as a great background.  If you like DSP as much as I do, you’re going to love the DSP special that Stampin’ Up! will have for the whole month of October!!!  Get ready to stock-up on your favorite DSP collections from the ones listed below.  Here’s the great deal — Buy three and get one free!!!!

Click on the picture of the flyer below, and you’ll go to a larger version that you can actually read!!  Start making a list of the DSP collections you can’t live without.  And, be sure to check my blog over the next few days to get even more ideas of how to use DSP in your card making.

On Sunday, October 1, I’ll add links for you to use to buy your DSP collections!  Have a great day and have fun making your lists!!

Happy stamping!



Painted Harvest with Timeless Textures

Last week, I had a lot of fun designing cards featuring the Floral Statements stamp set.  Instead of three designs, I actually got a little carried away and made four different cards!  This week, I am going to focus on the Painted Autumn SuiteIt is absolutely amazing!

Below is a picture of the first card using this product suite.  Just like the title of this post implies, I paired the Painted Harvest and Timeless Textures stamp sets in making this card.

Confession – I used the retired Crumb Cake notecards for this card, but you can easily recreate the card simply using Crumb Cake cardstock.  For the card base, cut a piece of Crumb Cake to 10″ x 3 1/2″ and score at 5″ on the 10″ side.  For the card front, cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 5″ x 3 1/2″.

Steps I used to make the card:

  • Grab your Timeless Textures stamp set and the use the stamp with the smaller random dot pattern to create a background for the card front.  Use Versamark ink to create the background and stamp the design horizontally and then vertically over the card front.  The end result looks like a really fun burlap.
  • The next layer of background on the card front is also made with the Timeless Textures stamp set.  Use the grungy (love that word) dots stamp and randomly stamp the dots with Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry ink over the card front.  Make sure you have different levels of color by stamping off occasionally before stamping the dots.
  • To finish the card front, you will stamp “I am thankful for you” from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  This stamp set is part of the gorgeous Painted Autumn Suite.  Use Archival Basic Black Ink to stamp the sentiment in the bottom right corner of the card front.
  • In the upper left corner of the card front, stamp the sunflower from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  The larger, bottom flower outline is stamped in Calypso Coral ink.  The smaller, top flower outline is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.  The colors works really well together.  The middle of the flower is stamped in Crushed Curry, one of my absolute favorite yellow!  The picture below gives a better view of the flower.
  • Grab a scrap piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and repeat the steps above to stamp a second flower.  Now, take a deep breath and fussy cut the flower.  Remember – You don’t need to be perfect in cutting the flower.  Please trust me with that!
  • On another piece of scrap Crumb Cake cardstock, stamp a few of the leaves.  The example card has Old Olive as the first, solid leaves color.  The darker, second color is Garden Green.  Use the Leaf Punch to punch out the leaves.  You will love this new punch!
  • Take a look at the picture below to get an idea of an example of how to arrange the fussy cut flower and punched out leaves to finish the focal point of the card.  Dimensionals were used to adhere the fussy cut flower, and glue dots were used to add the leaves.  The leaves are also curled just a little to give some interest.

  • There are a few final touches to complete the card.  First, a piece of the new Burlap Ribbon (part of the Painted Autumn Suite) is added by folding the ends of the ribbon around the sides of the card front, securing the ends with strong tape.  Second, the card front is adhered to the card base with dimensionals.
  • There you have it!  A gorgeous card with a lot of textures added with stamps and ink.

Later in the week, I’ll share two more designs using the Painted Autumn Suite.  Be sure to check back to see them.

The main products that I used to make today’s card are shown below.  Click on any product picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Leaf Punch


Glue Dots



Use DSP as a Canvas – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the September NC Demos blog hop!  Thanks for stopping by to see my project for this month.  If you’ve just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s blog, didn’t you love her project?  She is in incredibly talented stamper.

This month, we are featuring techniques that we really like.  Lately, I have been using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as canvas for my cards.  Warning:  This can get quite addictive!  I’ve also been focused on a great stamp set called Floral Statements.  So far this week, I have posted three projects using this stamp set.  The card below is my fourth!  Yup – I’m addicted!

There have been so many stampers who have posted their cards with wood plank backgrounds.  The pictures are really eye catching.  I decided to use the Wood Textures DSP to add an additional element to the card.  This collection of DSP is especially gorgeous and incredibly versatile.

Tips on making the card:

  • Use Archival Basic Black ink to stamp onto the DSP.
  • Enjoy coloring the design with Watercolor Pencils.  Your stress level will literally go down to zero as you color!
  • Use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors from the Watercolor Pencils.  Be sure to use the smallest amount of water possible.  The results will amaze you!
  • Select a few leaves (or maybe specific petals from the flower) to stamp onto a piece of scrap DSP.  Color the leaves (or petals) with the Watercolor Pencils.  Fussy cut the images.  If you choose the leaves for the fussy cutting, you’ll need a tad more patience!
  • To create the 3D effect pictured below, adhere the fussy cut pieces directly onto of the DSP aligning them with the stamped design.
  • Be forewarned – You will likely start the process all over again when you see your creation!

To see the other cards that I have posted featuring the Floral Statements stamp set and different techniques, please click on the links below:

To continue the NC Demos Blog Hop, head over to Sue Root’s blog.  I know she has an amazing project to share with you.  You can also check out all participants listed below.

The main products that I used to make this month’s card are pictured below.  Click on any product, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Floral Statements Hello with a Pop!

The Floral Statements stamp set may only have two stamps, but there are many ways to use the stamp designs for stunning cards.  Below is my third design for this week.  It is a fun Hello card with a pop!  If you missed the first two designs, you can check out the first one here.  And, you can see the second one here.

The cards pictured above use Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP) as the background for the card front.  The colors in this collection of DSP are gorgeous and provide a wonderful canvas for cards.  The Hello stamp from the Floral Statements set is stamped with Archival Basic Black Ink directly onto the DSP.

Now – the fun begins.  If you like to color, you will love making this card.  Experiment with different combinations of colors from the Watercolor Pencils collection.  And, for extra fun, use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors.  I wasn’t sure if an Aqua Painter would work well on DSP but was very pleasantly surprised to find out it works brilliantly.  Just be sure to use as little water as possible to blend the colors.

Did you notice the flowers are 3D?  That’s the pop!  Stamp the flowers from the Hello stamp onto a scrap piece of DSP.  Color them using the same colors you used for the flowers on the main DSP.  [Okay – You really don’t have to color the flowers on the main DSP since much of the flowers will be covered.  But, I colored them anyway!]  Cut out the flowers, including parts of the letters.  Curl the petals to give a 3D feel.  Adhere the cut flowers directly on top of the flowers on the DSP.  Below are two pictures that give you a better view of the flowers.

You can finish the card by rounding the bottom corners of all layers – the DSP card front, the frame piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and the Crumb Cake cardstock base.  Also, you can add a sentiment like “Happy Birthday” or leave the card as is.

I cannot be held responsible when you go a little nutty making these cards.  Trust me – you’ll thank me later!

The main products I used to make these cards are pictured below.  Click on any product and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!