Hand Stamped Cards

Altering Designer Series Paper

Today I'm going to show you how to coordinate your card design by Altering Stampin'Up! Designer Series Paper. Do you ever get stuck on a card design and want to really jazz up the background without over powering the focal point---only to find you don't have anything that really goes with your design---either the color is off or the design doesn't blend well?

Here's a great tool to keep in your design belt! I wanted to use this super new stamp that has a matching punch as my focal point...it's a relative small design so I wanted my background to really add some pizzazz but also to coordinate with the stamp design...so here's the card... 9-12-17 Altered DSP

Do you see what I did with the Designer Series Paper? Yep,  used the sponge brayer and the ink matching the cardstock card base. The nice thing with the sponge brayer is that you can lighten or darken the background to your taste. In this case I use Marina Mist as the card base and then colored the Designer Paper withe the Marina Mist ink--it looks fantastic--plus with the sponge brayer your background can exhibit lighter and darker areas that really make it awesome!

I'm going to give you the directions and then the supply list. You can shop in my store (Shop Now button at the right) and if you use the current month Hostess code (4QU9AGE) you can earn $5 of Stampin'Up! product for each $50 you purchase in Stampin'Up! product from me!

Here are the directions:

1. Cut 4 1/4 X 11 Marina Mist cardstock, score on the long side at 5 1/2" (cardbase)

2. Cut 3 3/4 X 5" Night of Navy cardstock.

3. Cut 3 5/8 X 4 7/8 snowflake designer paper (Merry Little Christmas DSP); sponge brayer lightly with Marina Mist Classic ink. Note: you will get lighter and darker areas depending on the amount of ink you absorb onto the sponge. Adhere to the Navy cardstock with multipurpose liquid glue.

4. Cut 5" piece of Navy gingham ribbon, adhere both ends to the back of the navy/designer paper unit using liquid glue. Adhere this unit to the card front with liquid glue.

5. Stamp tree/deer image (Merry Little Labels stamp set) in Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock; punch out with Everyday Label punch. Adhere over center of ribbon using dimensionals.

6. Adhere one rhinestone to one large stare in the stamped image and 3 more in snowflake centers on the designer paper.

Your card is completed! Now you have one Christmas card ready for sending...keep up the good work!

Here's the supply list


Another Secret for a Petal Garden Quilt Card

Today I'm going to share Another Secret for a Petal Garden Quilt CardIf you stopped by Tuesday you  saw a really cute Quilt card created with the Petal Garden Designer Series paper and I gave you the secret for creating that simple card with a very simple secret step.  If you missed the first Quilt Secret you can see it here  http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/08/the-secret-of-the-designer-series-paper-quilt-card.html

 Today I have created another great Quilt card using the same Petal Garden Designer Series Paper: 9-30-17 quilt card

Now you say, there's no way I can make that card with all those little tiny triangles and squares, right?You are wrong--it's not a bunch of little pieces...there's another secret I'm going to share with you in the instructions that makes this a very simple construction. After the instructions I'll give you the supply list and you can order your supplies using the Shop Now button at the right side of this blog.

REMEMBER! Today the Stampin'Up! Holiday Mini Catalog goes LIVE! You can now place orders from the new mini catalog! (Note: some items are on low inventory--so order soon to avoid delays in getting some of the new items.)

Remember to use the Host Code for this month (4QHU9AGE) when you place an online order for $50 Stampin'Up! product (excludes shipping & tax). For each $50 you purchase you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me!

Now let me tell you the secret:

1. Cut Pool Party cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase)

2. Cut Calypso Coral cardstock 3 7/8 X 3 7/8; adhere to upper card base with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Always Artichoke cardstock 3 3/4 X 3 3/4; score each side at 1/8" from the edge (this is the first secret from Tuesday). Cutting triangles

4. Cut 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 Old Olive designer paper. Here's the second secret! Line up the two opposite points in the cutting trough of your paper trimmer (item #126889) and cut with cutting blade. Adhere these big triangles to the Artichoke square with liquid glue--see the pic below. Use the 1/8" score mark to align evenly. #1

5. Repeat the above step with Calypso designer paper. #2

6. Cut  2 1/2 X 2 1/2 Pool Party cardstock and adhere point to midpoint of the designer paper with liquid glue. 3

7. Cut two 1 1/4 squares of floral designer paper--adhere to Pool Party square. Adhere the completed quilt block to the card front with liquid glue.

#4

8. Punch flower (Blossom punch) from Calypso cardstock; adhere to center of quilt block with glue dot; adhere a clear Faceted Gem to the center.

9. Stamp Happy Birthday (Feathers Together stamp set) in Archival Basic Black in under the quilt block.

See wasn't that easy and doesn't it look like it took a bit of time and cutting to do it! But now you know the secret!

 Now send this card to someone having a birthday and let them enjoy your simply wonderful card!

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The Secret of the Designer Series Paper Quilt Card

Today I'm going to tell you The Secret of the Designer Series Paper Quilt Card. I fell in love with the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper and wanted to create a card with it so I created a Designer Series Paper Quilt.  The beauty of this quilt is not only in the designer paper design but the simplicity of creating it and the fact that you can use the same design with many of the designer series papers. Here's today's design: 8-29-17 dsp quilt card

 

One of the common complaints for creating a card like this is the even positioning of the squares so that the borders (around the edges and within) remain relatively even.  There's a simple secret to creating and maintaining those even borders...I'll explain that in the directions below. Following the directions I'll give you the list of supplies.

You can order your supplies in my store by hitting the Shop Now button at the right side of the page. Remember you only have 2 more days to cash in those $5 Stampin'Up! coupons you earned in July. Also, remember to use the current month  Hostess Code (2SEBQ4GB) when you place an online order for $50 or more in product (excludes shipping & tax)--for each $50 in Stampin'Up! product you order you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product.

Here's the directions for this card:

1. Cut Sweet Sugarplum cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase).

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3 5/8 X 3 5/8; adhere to top of the cardbase with mutipurpose liquid glue (refer to picture for placement).

3. Cut Always Artichoke cardstock 3 1/2 X 3 1/2.  Here's the secret you've been waiting for...using your Stampin'Up! paper trimmer (item #126889), score all four sides at 1/8" from the edge.  This will be how you line up the quilt blocks to create the even borders.

4. Cut five 1 inch squares from small flower print (Petal Garden Designer Series Paper). Cut four 1 inch squares from coordinating Old Olive paper. Now, take one floral square & adhere it to the Always Artichoke square (use liquid glue) by lining up the top & left edges with the score marks in the upper left corner.

5. Repeat this in the other 3 corners using the score marks as your guide. Then adhere the Olive square between the 2 floral squares on all 4 sides.

6. Lastly, adhere the fifth floral square in the middle using the outside square of squares as your guide.

7. Tie a 6" piece of 1/8" Old Olive ribbon in a small bow; adhere to middle of middle square using a glue dot (item # 103683).

8. Stamp Thank You (One Big Meaning stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink below the quilt squares.

See how easy that was? Using the score lines means you'll have that beautiful even border and then placing the center square is a piece of cake. (Oh my, let's not talk about cake--you know how I am with sweets!)

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Another Do-It-Yourself Designer Paper

Today I'm going to show you another Do-It-Yourself Designer PaperI  that you can do in 10 seconds. If you missed the post on Tuesday where we did the first one, you can check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/08/create-your-own-designer-paper-in-10-seconds.html.

I needed a quick birthday card for a guy and wanted to use that fun technique with the masks we did on Tuesday--I grabbed the cloud mask and here's the result: Sky masks

One of the fun characteristics of using masks is that I don't have to worry about spacing--that's all built into the mask. Those clouds are evenly spaced just right without me having to worry about it. I used Whisper White craft ink with White Embossing Powder to whiten up the clouds--and really set off that background onto which I  adhere those cool balloons! This card would be great for anyone--guys, kids, teens, office workers. 

I'll give you directions to create the card followed by the supply list. You can order your supplies through my store (use the Shop Now button at the right side of this blog) and remember to use those Stampin'Up! $5 coupons you earned last month and if you also use this month's Host Code (2SEBQ4GB) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase (that's a 10% savings, right!)

Here we go:

1. Cut 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 Soft Sky cardstock, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base)

2. Cut Whisper White cardstock 3 1/4 X 4 1/2; adhere to card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut 3 1/8 X 4 3/8 Soft Sky cardstock; adhere 2 corners of this to scrap paper with removable tape.

4. Stamp Happy Birthday (Balloon Celebration stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink (see card sample)

5. Overlay the cardstock with the cloud mask and hold tightly; brayer over mask  with Whisper White craft ink; gently lift up the mask. Note: avoid brayering over the greeting.

6. Sprinkle the stamped images with White Embossing Powder; heat with heat tool until shiny white. Adhere this to white layer on card front with liquid glue.

7. Punch a large balloon (Balloon Bouquet punch) from Bermuda Bay cardstock and a small balloon from Silver Glimmer paper. Cut two 6" pieces of Pool Party twine and tie a knot near the end. Adhere the unknotted ends to the back of each balloon with a glue dot.  Adhere the balloons to the card front with dimensionals and glue dot the knot to the card front.

Your card is completed--grab an envelope and mail this to someone who's having a birthday!

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Create Your Own Designer Paper in 10 Seconds

Ever need a Designer Paper for a project and don't have exactly what you need...today I'm going to show you how to Create Your Own Designer Paper in 10 Seconds.

Today I wanted to re-create a card we made at Sandi's Creative Escape a couple of weeks ago but discovered I didn't have the designer paper I wanted in Berry Burst. So I was thinking about what I could substitute and get the same effect...then I remembered the masks we used at the Embossing Paste class...what do you think? Lattice mask

Do you recognize the lattice design that we "pasted" in class--well I didn't have time to break out the embossing paste today so I used the trusty little sponge brayer instead--remember this useful little tool? Sponge brayer

I'm going to give you the quick steps to create this card and then I'll provide the supply list you can use to purchase your products through my store using the Shop Now button at the side of this blog.

Remember to use those Stampin'Up! $5 coupons you earned last month and use the Hostess Code for August (2SEBQ4GB). For each $50 you purchase in product you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me! 

Instructions:

1. Cut Berry Burst cardstok 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base).

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3 1/2 X 4 1/2; adhere to card base with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Berry Burst cardstock 4 3/8 X 3 3/8 (don't glue down yet)

4. Cut 3 1/4 X 2 3/4 Whisper White cardstock...using removable tape adhere two tips of the cardstock to scrap paper. Lay the lattice design mask over the cardstock and hold firmly. Roll the sponge brayer over the Berry  Burst ink pad---lifting the roller after each pass over the pad to assure the entire roller is inked. Then brayer the cardstock with the mask in place. Brayering lightly will give you a light image and using more ink (multiple passes) will deepen the color).

5. Cut Whisper White cardstoxk 3 1/4 X 1 1/2; adhere to bottom of Berry Burst layer at the bottom leaving 1/16" border; adhere the brayered piece above this using liquid glue.

6. Tie 14" piece of Berry Burst Finely woven ribbon around the above unit at the junction of the 2 white pieces.

7. Adhere this to the black cardstock with liquid glue

8. Stamp "thinking of you" (Feathers Together stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink on the white piece.

Your card is completed with your own designer paper----you can use any of the masks with any color ink and have a designer paper to match your project. Now send this card to someone and brighten their day! You don't need a reason to send a "thinking of you" card.

 

Here's the supply list--use the Shop Now button at the side of the base to get into my store where you can purchase your supplies.

 


Just Add Color...Without Any Color

Last Tuesday we used Just Add Color with a brayer...today we're using Just Add Color...Without Any Color!  If you missed Tuesday's post check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/08/fastest-coloring-in-the-west.html .

I know someone who is purchasing a new home and when I was looking through the Just Add Color Designer Series Specialty Paper I saw that sheet with the lovely detailed houses and thought this would make a great card for them...but I don't have any time this week for coloring--even the fastest in the west (or east)...so here's the design using that great paper with no coloring at all.. New home

Isn't that a terrific card and speedy too! It would make a great addition to a photo album if they are tracking progress with the building of the home! Since there's minimal color, it will fit into any color scheme.

I'm going to give you directions for creating this card and then I'll give you the supply list.  Use the Shop Now button at the side of the page to order what you need from my store.

Remember to use the current month Hostess Code (2SEBQ4GB) and you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase. And remember to use those $5 coupons you received last month from Stampin'Up!

Here's the directions:

1.Cut Berry Burst cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2  (cardbase)

2.Cut Basic Black cardstock 4 X 5 1/4; adhere to card front with multipurpose liquid glue

3.Cut Whisper White cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8

4.Cut row of houses from DSP 3 1/8 X 3 7/8, adhere to bottom of white layer with liquid glue. Cut a 15" piece of black twine, wrap around this layer and tie in a  bow. (Hint: place a glue dot where the first knot will be and that will hold the twine while you finish tying the bow.)  Adhere this unit to the black layer with liquid glue.

5.Stamp "Congratulations" "on your new home"  (Home Life Stamp set) in  Berry Burst Classic ink about the bow. Stamp 3 small bursts in Berry Burst ink about the greeting. Adhere a silver Metallic Enamel Dot in the center of each burst.

Your card is completed! Now send it to someone you know who has just moved into a new home!

Here's the Supply List..use the Shop Now button at the right to order your supplies from my store


Fastest Coloring in the West....

Leaves
Not a happy colorer...well here's the Fastest Coloring in the West...or is that East--I'm directionally challenged! But for coloring, now here's a new direction! Check out this card.

Do you recognize the light green paper on top?  Maybe not...it's the Just Add Color Designer  Series Specialty Paper. Originally, white with black inked designs...but I used the Sponge Brayer to add color--talk about quick--a few swipes and you are done! I used a bit more ink at the top and less at the bottom giving a sort of ombre effect---but you can make it all one shade if you like.

Nice thing about the sponge brayers is that when you are finished you just rinse them in tap water and let them dry--ready for the next use.

I did add a bit of pizzazz by cutting a single leaf from the DSP and coloring with the Lemon Lime Twist marker which adds a pretty focal point.

I'm going to give you step by step directions and then give you the supply list so you can purchase your supplies from  my store using the Shop Now button at the side of the page.

When ordering online, remember to use the current month Hostess code and receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase. The code for August is 2SEBQ4GB.

And, if you received $5 coupons from Stampin'Up! in July, you can spend them now in my store--hit the Shop Now button.

Here are the directions:

1. Cut Lemon Lime Twist cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2.

2. Cut Just Add Color (sheet with leaves) at 5 1/8 X 3 7/8; using the sponge brayer add Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink by rolling the sponge over the ink pad and then rolling over the designer paper...cover evenly or ombre style.

3. Cut Tranquil Tide cardstock 4 x 5 1/4; adhere designer paper to this piece using multipurpose liquid glue. 

4. Cut a 20" piece of Lemon Lime Twist ribbon; wrap around above unit and tie in a bow.

5. Cut a single leaf from remaining designer paper, color with Lemon Lime Twist Stampin'Write marker (In Color markers 2017-2019, Item# 144247). Adhere under bow with a dimensional.

6. Add 3 small Metallic Enamel shapes to leaf to add that final professional touch!

Your card is completed--now send it to someone whose day needs a boost!

Here is the supply list--use the Shop Now button to order what you need to create this card:

 


Add Color...but still no coloring!

Last Tuesday we used a wonderful background stamp Hello Color with no coloring and today we're going to Add Color...but still no coloring! If you missed Tuesday's post check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/07/hello-color-without-any-color.html

Here's today's version with "color added" and yet, still we are not having to break out our markers or Watercolor pencils! We have tons of bright cheery Daffodil Delight! What do you think? Daffodil

This is one of those great cards to keep in your stash because it's ready to go for any occasion--birthdays, thank you, thinking of you, get well...any occasion! You just pick your favorite color and create this card with exactly the same supplies--just change your cardstock color.

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I'm going to give you the directions to create this card and then the supply list so you can order your supplies through my store by hitting the Shop Now button then you are in my store!

Remember, until 7/31/17 you have 2 ways to earn bonuses!

First, for each $50 in product that you order, Stampin'Up! will email you a $5 coupon that you can spend in August

Second, for each $50 in product that you purchase online through my store and use this month's Hostess code (XSAN44DC) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product.

 Here' we go:

1. Cut Daffodil Delight cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base)

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 4 X 5 1/4; adhere to card base using multipurpose liquid glue

3. Cut two 2 1/5 X 3 7/8 from Daffodil Delight; stamp background (Hello Color) in Archival Basic Black ink; adhere to card front with liquid glue--see picture.

 4. Using Big Shot with the precision base plate--cut out two big  butterflies & one small one from Basic Black cardstock (sandwich = Magnetic platform, precision base plate, cardstock, thinlet, standard cutting plate)

5. Adhere big butterflies over image using mini dimensionals; adhere a gold metallic enamal shape to the butterflies.  Adhere small butterfly to the card front with glue dots as shown in the picture.

6. Stamp Happy Birthday (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink on Daffodil Delight cardstock; punch with Classic Label punch and adhere to card front with minidimensionals.

Your card is completed!  Send it to someone who needs a lift to their day !

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Hello Color, without any color!

We've  been having some "no color" fun recently and today we're continuing with Hello Color, Without Any Color!

Remember this new stamp  set  --it's called Hello Color and is an awesome project if you love coloring and have some spare time. However, it is also an awesome design if you don't have a lot of time and if you are not fond of coloring.... CaptureToday's project shows you how to use the large beautiful design in your card to add some really lovely interest and keep your stamping and card prep time to a minimum...check this out.

Black & whitnKeeping the color (or non-color) scheme to black and white you get this really great contrast and some really intricate design with no coloring. Now if you are just itching to color, then you grab your watercolor pencils, markers, blender pens, and acqua painters and go nuts!

I've fallen in love with our new butterfly thinlets...they are in the Move Me set and are really easy to use. The paper bits nearly fall out when the cutting is completed!

I'm going to give you the directions to create this card and then the supply list so you can order your supplies through my store by hitting the Shop Now button and you are in my store!

Remember, until 7/31/17 you have 2 ways to earn bonuses!

First, for each $50 in product that you order, Stampin'Up! will email you a $5 coupon that you can spend in August

Second, for each $50 in product that you purchase online through my store and use this month's Hostess code (XSAN44DC) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product.

 OK, let's go! Here are the directions:

1. Cut thick Whisper White cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. 3. Cut Basic Black cardstock 4 X 2 5/8; cut Whisper White cardstock 2 1/2 X 3 7/8.

3. Stamp the background (Hello Color stampe set) in Archival Basic Black in on the small white piece; adhere this piece fo the black piece using multipurpose liquid glue. Adhere this unit to the top of the card base with liquid glue.

4. Stamp Happy Birthday (Stylized Birthday stamp) in Archival Basic Black in below the unit.

5. Using the Big Shot with the precision base plate--cut out the big  butterfly and 2 small ones from Basic Black cardstock (sandwich = Magnetic platform, precision base plate, cardstock, thinlet, standard cutting plate)

6. Adhere the big butterfly over the center of the background image using the mini dimensionals; adhere a silver metallic enamal shape to the butterfly.  Adhere the two small butterflies to the card front with glue dots as shown in the picture.

Your card is completed! Now send it to someone to help them celebrate their birthday!

Here's the supply list, use the  Shop Now button to shop in my store and get your coupon and free product!


Silhouettes Require No Coloring!

You know you can have color without coloring...Silhouettes Require No Coloring but can be used with a beautifully colorful background! Take a look at this little beauty... Flirty flowers

Look at this delicately colorful background with a sharply contrasted silhouette stamped in stark black! So you have color again without coloring (if you missed Tuesday's Colorful without Coloring...check it out here http://www.sandilovesstamping.com/2017/07/simply-colorful-without-coloring.html

Again, with this card I used a piece from the Petal Gardens Designer Series Papers...there are several papers in this stack that lend themselves well to silhouette stamping...I usually look for a pattern that is relatively subtle but still has a spark of interest.

I'll give you the brief directions for this card and you can order your supplies from my store by hitting the Shop Now button at the side of this blog. Remember you can cash in this month on freebies...

First, for each $50 in product that you purchase, Stampin'Up! will email you a $5 coupon that you can spend in August.

Second, for each $5 in product that you purchase and use this month's Hostess Code (XSAN44DC) you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me!

Here are the simple directions;

1. Cut 4 1/4 X 11 Pool Party cardstock, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base)

2.Cut 4 X 5 1/4 Bermuda Bay cardstock; adhere to front of cardbase using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut 3 7/8 X 5 1/8 from the Pool Party with leaves sheet from the Petal Gardens DSP pack. Stamp the Flirty Flower silhouette in Archival Basic Black ink in the left side of the card front; stamp the verse (same stamp set) in black. Tie a 15" piece of Bermuda Bay satin ribbon around this layer; adhere this layer to the cardfront using liquid glue.

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the side of this blog to place your order through my store and collect your freebies!