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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.

Patterned Paper Gatefold Fall Greetings

Patterned Paper Gatefold Fall Greetings

Today I want to share how patterned paper gatefold fall greetings can add an interactive element to your cards. Rather than the good ‘ole regular card that opens from the right, why not try something just a tad unexpected? Spark some interest with an easy gatefold.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

I have to admit this is one of my favourite folds. It’s quick and easy, and you can play with the front in lots of different ways. It’s called gatefold since you can open it in the middle, just like a gate to a driveway. Sometimes I lay it on its side so you open it from the middle up to the top and bottom like I did on this congrats card . Or I’ve also overlapped framelits like I did on this card to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

When you have the two shorter pieces to the front of your card, it helps to keep it closed with a little embellishment. Or a belly band. Or in my case here, a pair of stitched circles with minimal stamping and a fab banner. With such a busy patterned paper, I decided to keep the main image quite clean and simple.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Speaking of the patterned paper, isn’t it just divine? Perfect for fall with the berries and golden blossoms. When I took a closer look at those flowers, my Colourful Seasons stamp set immediately popped to mind. The branch with the blossoms would match perfectly! I pulled it out, inked up two stamps in coordinating colours and VOILA, a focal point for my card! To pretty it up even more, I dabbed on some Fine Tip Glue and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

If you’re intrigued by cards with folds, you will LOVE my Creative Folds online class available next week! All the templates, written tutorials and video with step-by-step details to make FIVE great folded designs.

I’m not sure exactly why, but your inside greeting just seems to pop a little more when it’s in a gatefold. I kept this one pretty simple matching the outside banner. I simply inked up my Teeny Tiny Wishes Happy Thanksgiving sentiment in Early Espresso. While the words themselves would have been just fine, I added a couple of the blossoms to echo the card front.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Is it possible to overdo the Color Theory Suite? I think not! This card is just one more great example of how versatile this set is. If you haven’t picked one up yet, you’re going to want to.

Let’s take one final peek.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Folded cards add interest, both for your card recipient and for you, the cardmaker! Keep the interest alive for everyone by changing up your card openings. Start simply and consider creating patterned paper gatefold fall greetings this Thanksgiving – you’ll be glad you did!

Multiple Layers Make Your Cards Pop!

Multiple Layers Make Your Cards Pop!

How can multiple layers make your cards pop? Combine them in new and exciting ways with ribbon, die cuts, stickers, and foil sheets!

Tell me how many layers can you count?

multiple layers make your cards pop

Counting the card base, there are actually six different layers. Did you get them all? From the bottom up, they are:

  • Island Indigo card base
  • Pool Party banner
  • Gold natural trim ribbon
  • Gold foil medallion
  • Island indigo medallion
  • Eastern Gold vinyl sticker

 

multiple layers make your cards pop

Even though six layers seems like A LOT, what is it about this card makes it showy, but not TOO showy and overdone?

  1. Colour choice is limited to only two main colours, Island Indigo and Pool Party
  2. Gold and cream are two neutrals that complement almost any colour scheme
  3. Repeating gold elements match one another from embossing through to gold metallic shape
  4. Vinyl sticker fits exactly over medallion framelit so they appear as one layer
  5. One dimensional only used to create height

What makes this card even more interesting is the card base is only partially embossed. A pretty subtle detail but one that will catch everyone’s attention! Take another peek.

multiple layers make your cards pop

My silver and black card features many of the same layering tips as well as stickers and it has been one of my most popular projects to date.  So if you agree multiple layers make your cards pop, you may want to use the same supplies I did. Simply click on the image below to take you to my online shop and have your supplies delivered right to your door.

I would certainly feel comfortable handing this card to a masculine friend or family member, even with the ribbon. Why is that? Because it’s not a bow. The greeting font is also not too flowery and the colours are basically unisex. Not only will it go through the mail like a dream, you’ve got a pretty versatile card.

So the next time you’re designing, think about how multiple layers make your card pop for cards that will appeal to just about anyone!

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