If you haven’t tried making handmade cards with patterned paper, today’s the day! It’s amazing how quickly it can make an OK card into a stellar card! Plus anyone want to find out how you can save money when you order stamps with coordinating dies? Read on…

Classic colours perfect for anyone, but especially the fellas!  Take a peek.

Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper Are Fun to Make!

This nautical themed card features the Come Sail Away designer series paper and Sailing Home bundle of stamps and dies, both retiring June 2nd.

How to Save Money on Stamps and Dies

OK, group participation exercise! Raise your hand if you like to save money! 😆. Did anyone NOT raise their hand? Didn’t think so.

I have just one word for you. Bundles. Yup, consider them little bundles of penny counting joy!

Besides being a fabulous way to save 10% on some of the latest stamps and dies, what exactly are they?

A bundle is either a set of stamps and a punch OR like this Sailing Home one, a set os stamps and coordinating dies. They are always brand new and packaged together and offered usually in only the first catalogue they show up in. Then when that catalogue expires? So does the bundle – and the savings – even if the stamps and dies remain available. So it really makes sense to get in on the deal before it disappears.

Why Am I Telling You This Now?

Because we are about to get a new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue in June. And that means many of the current bundles are taking a hike! So you’ll want to get in on any you love right now!

The bundles are easy to find in the catalogue. Starting on page 4 of the Annual Catalogue, they’re all listed for us with an awesome sample. But I thought I’d also show you them here today.

Save 10% on Retiring Bundles

Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper

Sailing Home Bundle

This is the bundle I used for today’s card.

I LOVE Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper

5 all occasion sentiments, 7 lovely detailed images and 12 dies perfectly coordinated for all your card making. It’s even got two label dies, one more like a banner and one a smaller classic design.

So…even with not a lot of rubber stamping, you can create an amped up design with gorgeous stamped and die cut elements.

Quick and Easy Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper

Jo’s Design Tips

  • Use StazOn ink on foil paper. Since foil paper is slippery and non-absorbent, you need an alcohol ink like StazOn to dry quickly and permanently. Alternatively you could emboss the image onto the foil.
  • Combine elements. I cut the die cut knot so it would fit over top of the anchor for a real life feel.
  • Stamp on vellum and heat emboss. Use your Versamark pad and black embossing powder (also retiring 😢) on vellum to get a shiny raised greeting on your see through vellum. TIP: Swipe the vellum with your Embossing Buddy (also retiring 😲) before stamping to avoid static and those little specks of colour. This video shows you exactly how.
  • Colour an embellishment to coordinate. I coloured the Frosted Epoxy Droplet – another retiring item – with my Dark Basic Black Blends so it would blend in but still accent the anchor and rope.

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card, decorated with one of the stamped and diecut sailboats.

Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper

Now It’s Your Turn

If you need any of the supplies, click on any image below to take you to my online store where you can order and have it shipped directly to your home anywhere in Canada.

And if you’d like to see all the items retiring this spring, be sure to check out this post. Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper

See You Soon

If you liked this design, I bet you’ll be able to see where the inspiration came from with this card. 🤓

I’ll leave you with one final look at our design.

Masculine Handmade Cards with Patterned Paper

Now it’s up to you to get creative with some designer series paper and a bundle you love. You’ll find designing handmade cards with patterned paper is a wonderful way to make greetings for the special guys in your life.

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