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Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

Make a Happy Card for WCMD 2017

It’s time to get our your supplies and make a happy card for WCMD 2017! This is the one day every year devoted exclusively to us paper crafters and card makers! So let’s all take advantage of it and play until the cows come home! In honour of WCMD (World Card Making Day) I designed a card easy to duplicate, using two of my favourite In Colours: Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. Take a gander at what I have for you today before I give you the how-to’s.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Let’s just say I had to be encouraged to get the Eastern Palace Suite when it debuted as an early release in May. I’m sure glad I had that little push because now it’s right up up there with Colourful Seasons for my favourite bundle in the catalogue. Here’s just a few of the many reasons why:

  • the dies, the dies, the dies! This medallion is simply gorgeous like I used it in this one!
  • ease of use – even though not really a two-step stamping set, I made it one for this card
  • versatility – see how I used the die for something completely different in this one
  • the paper – the specialty paper is absolutely beee-you-tiful like I used here

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

OK now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, want to know how to make it?

The Ingredients:

  • Berry Bust cardstock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla cardstock 3 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist cut with largest circle framelit
  • Fresh Fig punched with 1 3/4” circle punch
  • Berry Burst punched with 1” circle punch
  • Berry Burst and Fresh Fig ink
  • About 13” Fresh Fig 1/2” finely woven ribbon

The Recipe:

  • Stamp right hand side of folded Berry Burst card with star image in Berry Burst ink. Do not extend past the half way mark. Tie ribbon along bottom of card and secure with a double knot quite far to the right of card. Set aside.
  • Centre and nest three dies together in middle of Very Vanilla cardstock and run through Big Shot. (TIP1: Hold them in place with washi tape if they move around a little.  TIP2:  Although a Precision Base Plate will make this easier, if you use a Magnetic Platform like I did, run it through 2-3 times.)

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

To get a better idea of which dies I used, this is what they look like on the cutting side.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp the little decoration 8 times around the inside of the medallion in Fresh Fig ink, reinking your stamp each time.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Place dabs of liquid of Fine Tip glue onto back middle section of Very Vanilla medallion and place 1” Berry Burst Circle directly over top. Dab more glue on the back around the Berry Burst circle and on the circle itself and position the Fresh Fig 1 3/4“ circle directly over top. Dab glue on remaining pieces of the back and glue directly only the Lemon Lime Twist circle. Let dry a few minutes.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Stamp words in Berry Burst along bottom of medallion and adhere to front of card with dimensionals. Attach one glitter enamel shape into middle of medallion.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

So now you can go ahead and make a happy card for WCMD 2017 too. Or if you needed to be “encouraged” like me, here is the bundle and the rest of the supplies I used. Simply click on the image to take you to my online store and it will be on its way to you lickety split.

Here’e one last peek.

make a happy card for WCMD 2017

Now that I’ve been converted to a Eastern Palace fan, I can see all kinds of other possibilities for this super bundle. With its the coordinated embellishments and the multitude of designs you can create with the medallion dies, it’s one that I hope will be around a long time. So although it was awesome to make a happy card for WCMD 2017, keep your eyes on my blog – I know you’ll be seeing more of this in my future.

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Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

Great Cards Combine Die Cuts and Patterned Paper

My friend Joanne knows great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper! I’m showcasing her lovely card today for my Front and Centre Friday. I think she would agree one of the best parts is how fast these go together when you have a bundle from this year’s Annual catalogue with coordinated designer series paper! See how fabulous the Naturally Eclectic Suite can be!

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Did you figure out which patterned paper she’s using? It’s the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack! You might miss these paper stacks on page 187 of the Annual catalogue, but they’re worth taking another look at. Why? Because all three of them are part of the Buy Three, Get One Free offer on right now.

So that’s a pretty good reason in itself, but there’s lots more!  If you haven’t tried a set of these, they are so fast and fun to play with you’ll want all three. Super manageable at 6” x 6” you get 48 double sided sheets. With 4 each of 12 different designs you can mix and match to your heart’s content! In this Color Theory one, there’s a paint chip like look, three crackle finishes, a colour blocked look with 6 different colour shades, and a beautiful ombre piece…yes, my favourite. 🙂  Just a little heavier than regular bond paper, it won’t add bulk to your designs. In fact Joanne’s only cardstock is the Whisper White for her base, panel and leaves.  Instead she found lots of ways to combine her paper stack with her card and die cuts. Can you tell where?

  • her two detailed flower outlines are die cut from the Berry Burst ombre, one a little lighter than the other
  • Crushed Curry crackle fancies up that gorgeous diamond lattice flower background

Then she added more dimension and interest by incorporating more Color Theory paper and her dies:

  • the greeting and banner are cut from the Berry Burst ombre as well, but in the darker shade
  • her lovely leaves are stamped first in Lemon Lime Twist then die cut and placed behind her flowers
  • and her pink matting ties her card together since it’s in Berry Burst ombre too. Take a look at the colour gradation in that little strip of matted paper.

 

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

The Naturally Eclectic set is another one that gives a watercolour look, just like Painted Harvest and this card I shared the other day. When you have stamps designed to give these impressions, you’ll never be disappointed with the effect.

To add this bundle and paper to your supplies like Joanne did, it’s a simple click of your mouse. You’ll be able to quickly see how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper yourself.

See how flat this card lies – no bulk so it will go through the mail with ease – and no extra postage.

great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper

Joanne was inspired by a card she found on Pinterest but she changed up the colours and placement. You may already know it’s a fabulous source of creativity. Sometimes when you’re stuck for an idea, if you just type in the name of the stamp set you will be rewarded with all kinds of designs. I’m happy to post my cards to my Pinterest boards so you can easily find them without having to scroll through all the blog posts too. There’s lots of ideas there to showcase how great cards combine die cuts and patterned paper.

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How to Combine Colour With Patterned Paper

How to Combine Colour With Patterned Paper

For super duper eye-catching projects, I want to show you how to combine colour with patterned paper. This is a pretty simple card I’ve amped up with designer series paper, stamping, some layered circles, a punch and trims. What really makes it stand out is the colour coordination and balance. No one item overpowers the other and even though there’s lots going on, everything works together beautifully. Take a peek.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

What’s the first thing you noticed? The greeting right? Know why? It’s a “quiet” place on the card. The lighter vanilla circle POPS agains the dark of its matted Early Espresso circle and the bold lines in the background pattern. But it also picks up on both the lower patterned paper vanilla background and the vanilla chevron shape in the Espresso piece.

I think that one pattern alone is so neat – here’s a question for you. Are the chevrons Espresso or are they Vanilla? Take another look and then leave me comment with what you think.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

Another little touch is the leaf imprint behind the greeting. It’s maybe not something you noticed right off the hop, but it adds a hint of colour and interest. That’s one of the great things about this Painted Harvest stamp set. The “solid” pieces are made to look a little mottled or watercolour-y (is that a word?) So the effect is a softness that you can’t get with other stamps. Then the boldness of that gorgeous script stands out even more.

You might be wondering how I picked my colours. On the back of every designer series paper package is a list of all the Stampin’ Up! colours in it. So I first decided on the designer paper I wanted to use, then used the colours in it for the rest of my stamping. No need to try and decide what to combine – and no need for an art degree! And it takes NO TIME at all. How easy is that? I did this EXACT same thing on this cheerful and fun fold birthday card.

And you know what? I used a colour I wouldn’t have thought of using. Soft Sky. This light blue – almost a powdery blue – is perfect in this card. Blue, especially the light blue, is a complementary colour to brown and creates a calming and peaceful feeling when paired together. Stampin’ Up! has art experts on staff that are always researching the latest and upcoming colours. They KNOW what colours work together, so I thought, why not listen to them?

 

how to combine colour with patterned paper

There’s a little surprise in this card too. The front is only HALF there! This isn’t quite a dutch fold card, but it has a very similar feel. The inside greeting hides behind the front focal point – and completely echoes it. Perhaps more simple, but elements of the leaf and colours tie it together wonderfully.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

And let’s just talk about that trim and embellishment around the front greeting. There are three elements: the leaf punch, burlap ribbon and mini gold sequin trim. OK, I have to confess…I was holding out on the sequins. They were in my order since June, then they were out, then in, then out. But I finally caved and I’m so excited to use it. So sparkly and the perfect size! Not too big, not too small, just like Goldilocks! You know what the clincher was? I made all the Watercolour Christmas cards and it’s the trim in there! So easy to use and it adds awesome detail.

To make this card yourself and see how to combine colour with patterned paper, here are all the supplies I used. With designer paper on sale right now, it’s the prefect time to stock up.  See if you need to add any to your own stash.

Here’s a final look.

how to combine colour with patterned paper

One of the best parts about being a crafter like you, is I get to play and experiment. But when I don’t have a lot of time, I find I resort more and more to picking up that pack of designer series paper and letting the experts at Stampin’ Up! do the colour matching work for me. Then, the question of how to combine colour with patterned paper becomes a cinch – and I’m always pleased with the results.

Emboss Resist Ink Refill Backgrounds with Water

Emboss Resist Ink Refill Backgrounds with Water

Today I want to show you how to emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water. Did you see my video tutorial I posted a few weeks ago for creating awesome backgrounds with ink refills and glossy paper? If you did, hopefully, you’ve been inking up a storm and have backgrounds galore in your craft room. My project today has just a slight twist using heat embossing. But before I get to the how-to’s, how about we look at the card?

emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water

 

Don’t you LOVE how the white daisy stands out agains the mottled coloured background? Even though that background piece is really quite small (1 3/4” x 3”), it provides just enough decorative oomph! to catch your eye. And the matching embossed greeting adds perfect balance. Take a gander at this colourful background up close.

 

emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water

How many ink refills do you think I used? If you guessed three, you’re right. But doesn’t it look like there’s quite a few more? Although the glossy has a smooth finish, it seems almost to have texture in places from the way the colour seeped into the paper. With this technique, you never know what you’re going to end up with. That’s what’s SO FUN! Seeing how the colours are going to blend together for neat effects.

Once you have your background papers made, your project goes together really quickly. In fact, I could have really posted my emboss resist ink refill background project as part of my Keep It Simple Sunday feature. However, I wanted to showcase it for you here. This way, I can provide a quick video tutorial of the steps so you could easily make one yourself.

You may have noticed the card in the video is slightly different from the images I have here. That’s one of the nicest things about techniques like these. You can do a whole batch up at once then you’ll have tons to choose from when your crafting time is limited. Here’s everything you need to get started right away.

 

Let’s take a final look at this simple card.

emboss resist ink refill backgrounds with water

Once you grab your glossy paper and ink refills, you’ll have so much fun trying out new colour combinations. That’s how I came up with this one. During the process, I was pretty sure it was going to hit the garbage since the colours were so unusual. But then once it dried, I saw how great they actually were together! It just goes to show…when you emboss resist ink refill backgrounds, don’t be surprised if you end up with fabulous-ness!

Simple DIY Card Made with Paper Scraps

Simple DIY Card Made with Paper Scraps

If you haven’t got loads of time – and who does? – you might want to take a peek at this simple DIY card made with paper scraps. Because, after all, what paper crafter doesn’t have half-finished projects sitting around on her desk – and NO time?

You know how it is. You stamp something and the colour just isn’t quite right. Or you die cut what you think is THE perfect sentiment and then change your mind. Or it’s a day when things are really not coming together like they should and you throw in the towel. Well, those scraps can be your new BEST FRIEND! Take a look at what I created in mere minutes with leftovers.

simple SIY card made with paper scraps

You know by now that a favourite technique of mine is watercolouring. So when I was playing with my backgrounds to make this card a few months ago, I made a few sheets. Although I’d used most of it up, this little square was begging to be turned into a card. All it needed was a matching Pink Pirouette mat, a sentiment and a few pearls.  Luckily, the greeting was also sitting in my stash of unused leftovers. A little glue and TADAH, a completed card!

simple SIY card made with paper scraps

Although this really is a simple DIY card made with paper scraps, I realize you might not have these exact ones on your desk.  Admittedly, creating the background will add a few more minutes to your paper crafting.  But why not store some up so you do have lots of ready-made leftovers!

Ingredients

  • Thick Whisper White 4” x 8”, scored at 4”
  • Pink Pirouette cardstock 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8”
  • Watercoloured piece 3 3/4” x 3 3/4”

Recipe

  1. Optional: Create watercolour background and let dry. (HINT: I’ve got great tips here).
  2. Cut watercolour background paper to size.
  3. Glue watercolour background to Pink Pirouette mat and to the front of card base.
  4. Adhere die cut to the bottom right of the card.
  5. Attach three varied sizes of pearls.

The real charm to this card is its complete lack of “fuss”. Simple clean lines and embellishment only. To make one in minutes too, here’s everything I used.

 

simple SIY card made with paper scraps

Leftovers like these aren’t last night’s dinner. They CAN sit in your craft room for days, weeks, months even without spoiling. Then when you’re looking for inspiration, or need a card in a flash, use them up making a simple DIY card made with paper scraps.

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