Today I want to show you tips to make your own DSP.

Now why would you want to do that? Our FB team of crafters answered exactly why! Check it out in my Facebook live replay!

Does this ever happen to you?

You’ve got a super idea for a card made with patterned paper.

You know the colours you want to use, how big the pattern needs to be. In fact you can almost SEE the card in your mind.

But when you rifle through your DSP (Designer Series Paper), the term Stampin’ Up! uses for its patterned paper, NOTHING seems to be ideal.

That’s where today’s tips and live replay come in!

Before we get to the video though, let’s look at the project we made together.

Tips to Make Your Own DSP
Cool handmade DSP in the muted 2023-25 In Colors are a perfect match to the dies & cardstock!

I was surprised when our VIPeeps wanted to use Copper Clay for our card today. (Each week they get to choose a couple things to use in my upcoming YouTube or Facebook live. You could get in on that too when you join my free crafting group, the Design with Jo VIPeeps!)

I knew I liked it, but just a couple weeks you might have caught the live heat emboss a pretty Christmas card, and copper was also the pick!

Who knew it’s the up and coming metallic this fall?!

I paired the Copper Clay with two other In Colors, Boho Blue (which I thought might’ve been the number one pick) and Wild Wheat.

I have to say Stampin’ Up! knows what it’s doing with these In Colors. What great matches!

Tips to Make Your Own DSP

Click the triangle to see how to both make your own DSP and put together this card.

Did you see the trick I used for the ribbon and die cut shape? It’s one you might like to try at home too!

And did you get to this part too? Where I shared other current stamp sets you might already have in your stash which would be ideal for this technique?

Hopefully you did so you can start to play IMMEDIATELY!

Get Your Measurements & Supplies!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Copper Clay – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Basic White – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Wild Wheat – large scrap
  • Boho Blue – strip about 1/2″ x 3″
  • Boho Blue ribbon – about 3-4″

If you’d like to make this card with the exact same supplies I did, just click here to pin, print or order it. Thanks a bunch for making me your Canadian Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

The card I originally designed was in a totally different colour palette and nested dies but used the exact same stamps. Here it is in Moody Mauve, Bubble Bath and Old Olive.

Which card appeals to you the most? The copper or pink one?

Click here to leave a comment.

So the next time you’re looking for patterned paper that you can “see” in your mind’s eye, and it’s not there? Come back to these tips to make your own DSP and take a stab at making some original, one-of-a-kind paper to use on your works of art!