Welcome Autumn – Multi-Colored Wreath Card

Two of the stamp sets that I have been using recently are Wishing You Well and Country Home.  Both have beautiful images and wonderful sentiments to use on cards for many occasions.  The card in today’s post uses both stamp sets and the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Since it is meant to welcome Autumn, I hope it makes you smile 🙂

Before I get into the steps to make the card, I have a question for you.  Have you ever been daydreaming and a really fun card design popped into your head?  I can see you shaking your head and admitting that you have!  Thank you – I don’t feel alone now 🙂  This is one of those cards.

Wreaths are such pretty decorations and are used to celebrate many different occasions throughout the year.  My design epiphany was to use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create a wreath with many layers of colors.  I’m going to put a tutorial together with step-by-step instructions to show you how I created the card.  But, in the meantime, here are the basic directions and measurements for the card.

  • The base of the card is a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The first layer on the card front is a piece of DSP from the gorgeous Country Lane DSP collection.  There are many colors and designs in this collection that make beautiful Autumn themed projects.  I wanted to highlight the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss color in the background.  The DSP is cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Adhere the DSP piece directly to the card front, as pictured.
  • The focal point for the card is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  The frame piece is Old Olive card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.
  • I first stamped the sentiment onto the Whisper White card stock using my StamparatusHow in the world did we stamp before we had stamp positioning tools??  I cannot believe how much easier and quicker it is to make cards with my Stamparatus.
  • The sentiment comes from the Country Home stamp set.  I used Old Olive ink to stamp “HAPPY harvest BLESSINGS” onto the Whisper White card stock as pictured.

  • Next, stamp the multi-colored wreath.  This is the step that I will explain more fully in another post with step-by-step pictures.  For now, I will describe the process.
  • Grab one of your clear blocks.  The size D clear block is a great size for this.  Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp the wreath from the Wishing You Well stamp set in the middle top section of the Whisper White card stock.  I recommend stamping off once before stamping onto the Whisper White piece.
  • Clean your stamp and grab your Old Olive ink.  Stamp the wreath again – but this time with Old Olive – and stamp so the wreath is a little bit to the left and bottom of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.  Don’t clean your stamp and stamp the wreath with Old Olive so that the image is a little right and top of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.
  • Repeat the step above with Old Olive ink.  But, this time, when you stamp first, stamp the image to the right and bottom of the initial Crushed Curry image.  The second time you stamp (without reinking), stamp to the left and top of the initial Crushed Curry image.
  • Repeat the last two steps above using Pumpkin Pie ink.

  • The last layer of color on the wreath is Blackberry Bliss.  Look at the picture below to see where the Blackberry Bliss is stamped.  If you think of the wreath as a clock, the Blackberry Bliss is stamped between 8:00 and 4:00 ish.  This is done intentionally since you don’t want the dark Blackberry Bliss color behind the stamped bow.  Ink the wreath stamp to approximate the 8:00 to 4:00 ish and stamp the image toward the top center of the already stamped muli-colored wreath.

  • The last bit of stamping is adding the bow at the bottom of the wreath.  The bow stamp is from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  I used Blackberry Bliss ink to stamp the bow.  Confession – The bow stamp is one of my all-time favorites.  It is really amazing!  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere your finished Whisper White piece to the Old Olive frame piece.  Use dimensionals to add the Old Olive piece to the card front, as pictured.
  • If you want, add a little bling to your wreath.  I used a few sequins to add some interest.

This is a super fun and pretty quick card.  I am anxious to try it with multiple colors of green and a pretty Cherry Cobbler bow for a gorgeous Christmas card.  I know you will love the design and the versatility of being able to create multi-colored wreaths for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Autumn wreath card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember to check back to see more information and pictures on how to create the multi-colored, multi-layered wreath.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

 

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Wishing You Well – Birthday Card

How many times have you looked through the new Holiday Catalog?  My catalog is looking a little tattered and slightly worn at this point.  But, I am very embarrassed to say that I overlooked the gorgeous Wishing You Well stamp set until recently.  A dear friend of mine and a fellow demonstrator, Anita, pointed the stamp set out to me in a recent conversation about the catalog!

I strongly recommend that you add this stamp set to the top of your wish list.  To convince you, let me share a simple, elegant birthday card that I made with the Wishing You Well stamp set.

Now, that I have your attention – Let me share a few tips to make the card.

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Confession – I initially scored the card at 4″ rather than 4 1/4″.  But, I decided to make the design using my mistake!  You’ll notice that I scored each side of the card at 1/4″ from the side.  The back of the card is also scored the same way to give a little more character.  It is so much fun to figure out how to make mistakes part of the card!
  • Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.  This will be the frame around the main focal point.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  This will be used to stamp the focal point.
  • Grab your Stamparatus – truly an amazing stamp placement tool!  And, grab your Wishing You Well stamp set.  The Stamparatus will make stamping this image a breeze.
  • The bouquet image is stamped with Old Olive ink.  The bow image is stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The flowers are stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink to add interest to the bouquet.

  • Adhere the stamped image piece to the Rich Razzleberry frame.
  • Stamp your sentiment in the lower right of the card, as pictured.  Another confession – I used the retired Teeny Tiny Wishes set to stamp “happy birthday”.  [BTW – This card was for our oldest granddaughter, Aileen, since she is just turning 17!]

  • Use dimensionals to add the framed piece to the middle of the front of the card, as shown.
  • Add a few sequins for additional interest and a little bling.

Use different colors for the frame pieces, for the bow and flowers, and also for the bouquet.  The possibilities are endless!  And, the type of card you can make with this layout are also endless!

Yes, you can now agree — you REALLY need the Wishing You Well stamp set.  And, guess what?  All you need to do is click on the picture of the stamp set below and place your order.  Yes – it’s that easy!  The other main products that I used are also pictured below.  Click on any, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie 



 

Varied Vases Note Card

At our recent Stamp Club, we had a great time (as usual) making cards using the Varied Vases bundle.  The stamp set and punch are so much fun to use and create eye catching cards.  Take a look at one of the cards we made.

There are so many different colors, textures, and layers to look at in this card.  And, the great thing is that it is pretty quick and straight-forward to make.

Here is the quick “recipe” for this card:

  • Grab a Very Vanilla Note Card to use as the card base.  I have quite a few Note Cards on hand.  they are perfect for a quick card
  • Next, use the “Hoping your day blooms with happiness!” stamp from the Varied Vases stamp set and Tuxedo Black Memento ink to add the sentiment to the bottom right corner of the card front.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.  This will be the frame for the focal point of the card.
  • Cut a piece of your choice of DSP to 3″ x 4″.  If the DSP has a pattern, make sure you cut the paper in the correct orientation.  Meaning – Make sure that your pattern is cut in a portrait view.  I used the Share What You Love DSP for the pictured note card.
  • Adhere the DSP to the center of the cut piece of Basic Black card stock.  Then, adhere the Basic Black card stock piece to the front of the note card, as pictured.
  • Now, it’s time to work on the focal point.  Grab a piece of scrap Very Vanilla card stock.  Make sure it is as least 3″ x 3″.  Stamp the vases, flowers, and stem as pictured above.  Hint:  I used my amazing Stamparatus and put the stamps on two plates to get perfect placement of the images.
  • Use your choice of colors from the Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and to add water to the open stamped vase.
  • Cut your images with the largest square framelit from the Stitched Shapes framelits collection.  I have used these collection so many times.  I’m actually surprised that the framelits aren’t worn out!
  • To get the embossed stitched impression around the vases, I used the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  These mats will open up possibilities for your stamping stash.  Just think – You will be able to use any die or framelit that you have to create an embossed impression!  Follow the directions on the Embossing Mats package to get the impression.
  • Here is the sandwich recipe from the bottom to top Big Shot Platform (without the thin die adapter), framelit (edges facing up!), paper, blue silicone mat from the Embossing Mat set, and last the white impressions pad.  Run the sandwich through your Big Shot.  You may be surprised that you won’t feel a lot of pressure as the sandwich passes through.  You’ll be amazed at the results.

  • Finish the card by adding faux stitching around the larger stitched image.  I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  Use dimensionals to add the focal image to the card front, as pictured.

Warning – You will quickly become addicted to the results you’ll get using the Embossing Mats!

I hope you enjoy making this design.  Make sure to stash it into your growing portfolio.  You’ll be able to use the layout to make cards for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Varied Vases Note Card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie
 

Stamparatus

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Amazing Congratulations – Baby Card

At a recent stamp club, the group made three cards including the fun, fresh baby congratulations card pictured below.

 

The two other cards that we made are also shown below. I have shared detailed information for both cards. Both cards focused on products in the Share What You Love bundle. Click on either picture below to go to the individual posts.

Here’s a personal confession – I don’t make as many baby cards as I should.  When I saw the Amazing Congratulations stamp set and all the sentiment stamps that come with the set, I was inspired to make a baby card to share at our stamp club.  It was a lot of fun to make, and the design can easily be changed to fit any color scheme.  You will love the flexibility of the Amazing Congratulations set.

Card instructions are below:

  • Start with a Whisper White card stock card base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Cut a piece of Dapper Denim card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  This will be the larger frame for the full card.
  • Cut a piece of Pool Party card stock to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Use the Softly Falling embossing folder and your Big Shot to add texture to this piece.  From the picture, you’ll see that I chose to adhere the Pool Party piece to the Dapper Denim piece to allow the de-embossed side to show.  I thought the pattern looked like stars.
  • Cut a second piece of Dapper Denim card stock to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  This will be the background piece for the main focal point.  Note that this piece will cover the entire length of the card.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 5″.  This is the piece you will use for your stamping.
  • The word “Congratulations” from the Amazing Congratulations stamp set is a three-step stamp.  The Stamparatus makes stamping for this card a piece of cake!  If you don’t have your Stamparatus yet, you will definitely want to add one to your collection.  They will be available for ordering on June 1!!!
  • First, stamp the outline stamp of congratulations in a light blue ink.  I used Pool Party ink.
  • Second, stamp the part of congratulations that includes the full “g” and the full “a” in a medium shade of blue.  I used Island Indigo ink.  If you use your Stamparatus, you can also stamp the swoosh stamp at this point.  This is the design that will go over the words “on your new little one”.  Use the medium shade of blue of your choice.  Again, I used Island Indigo ink.
  • Third, stamp the part of congratulations that includes the full “c” and full “t” in a dark shade of blue.  I used Dapper Denim ink.  If you use your Stamparatus, you can also stamp the sentiment stamp that includes “on your new little one” at this point.  Use the Dapper Denim ink or the dark blue ink that you choose.
  • Add your choice of embellishments to make sure there is a little bling and twinkle to the card.  I used sequins that came in a past Paper Pumpkin kit and some (non-SU!) silver thread.  By the way – I have a lot of leftover bits and pieces from Paper Pumpkin kits that I always find ways to use!

I hope you add this card to your inventory of fun, fresh baby cards.  Obviously, you could use the base design for other occasions as well.  You’ll see that the stamps in the Amazing Congratulations stamp set provide many options for you to use.

Shown below are some of the products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Birthday Wit – Quick Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you may have a little trouble (sometimes 🙂 ) designing masculine birthday cards.  The Birthday Wit stamp set may be the answer for you.  I have had a great time using the set and will share three designs with you.  Birthday Wit is fun, fresh, and a sassy stamp set!  If you like the set and don’t have it in your collection, don’t delay — Birthday Wit is going to retire at the end of May. 🙁

Below are two pictures of the first of three projects that I’ll share.  The picture of the front of the card showcases the stamp that caught my attention when I first saw the stamp set in the catalog.  Doesn’t the sentiment just make you smile?  The colors and background were designed specifically for a masculine card.  The inside design is very fun and easy to make especially with the soon-to-be-available Stamparatus!

The main colors for this card work together so well!   Take a look –

Here are the steps for the front of the card:

  • The base of the card is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • A piece of Night of Navy card stock is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and used to frame the focal piece.
  • The base for the focal piece is Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  The base is stamped with the Tree Rings background stamp using Crumb Cake ink.  In one of my next posts, I’ll share some tips on how I stamped the background on the front and inside of the card.
  • After the Tree Rings are stamped, the main sentiment from the Birthday Wit stamp set is stamped on the focal piece with Night of Navy ink.
  • The sentiment is stamped one more time on a scratch piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  The “Happy Birthday” banner from this piece is fussy cut and placed over the initial stamped sentiment using dimensionals.  The banner really pops with this technique!
  • The Night of Navy frame is adhered to the card base as pictured.
  • A piece of Vanilla satin ribbon (from my retired ribbon stash – sorry!) is attached with the each end wrapped around the card.  I pinched the ribbon in half and tied a piece of blue twine onto the ribbon before I attached the second end.  After the ribbon is attached (and tape will work just fine), the focal piece is attached to the Night of Navy frame as pictured.

Here are the steps for the inside of the card:

  • Mask the left side of the card with a piece of scrap paper to make sure you don’t stamp any part of the Tree Rings backgroup stamp image on to the left side.
  • Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp the Tree Rings background stamp onto the right side.  I’ll share more tips on how to do this in one of my next posts.
  • Stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Birthday Wit stamp set three times, as pictured, using Night of Navy ink.  If you are using a Stamparatus to do this, set up the first (highest) “Happy Birthday” as close to the top of the card as you can.  Move the plate two notches to stamp the second “Happy Birthday”.  Move the plate again two notches to stamp the third and final “Happy Birthday”.

There are so many ways you could this design to make it your own!  Use different colors.  Add another background instead of the Tree Rings.  Just have fun with it!

Check back for the second design that I’ll share using the fun Birthday Wit stamp set.  In the meantime, you can click on any picture below to go to my on-line store.  REMEMBER – The Birthday Wit stamp set is on the retiring list!

Happy stamping!
Laurie