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Quick Card with DSP Strip

One of my gatefold cards used a panel from the Pressed Petals DSP. This particular sheet includes 7 such images, plus a border strip. The images are intended to be used as focal images for cards or other projects (I think).

Here’s a quick card using the strip. I tried to stay away from dies or embossing folders to show that you can use the DSP to make a cute card with paper, ink, some embellishments, and a couple of punches.

Stamp: Love What You Do

Ink: Merry Merlot, Crushed Curry

Paper: Whisper White thick, Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Pressed Petals specialty DSP, Subtles DSP stack

Accessories: Medium Daisy punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Designer Elements, Rococo Rose scalloped linen ribbon, Stampin’ sponge

The flower border strip is approximately 1″ wide. I cut the Blushing Bride gingham to about 1-1/4″.

The daisy is punched from Blushing Bride, and I sponged Merry Merlot to most of each petal. I tried to make the inking subtle except for the edges. I love how you can see a gradient that really looks like Rococo Rose is the intermediate color.

The daisy center is a 1/2″ circle of Daffodil Delight. Crushed Curry is sponged on the edges, and puffed out by rubbing the back with a bone folder while on a Stampin’ Pierce mat. Adding a mini dimensional to adhere the center to the daisy keeps the dimension.

I added a Designer Element (copper) to the center of the Daffodil Delight circle to suggest the darker center that some daisies have.

Adding a strip of Rococo Rose Ribbon under the sentiment adds texture, and also helps “connect” it to the long daisy strip.

Wasn’t that fun? I decided to challenge myself to create cards with the rest of the images from this particular sheet of DSP. Intrigued? Come back next week and see how I did!

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Another Botanical Card with Leftovers

After making the first card with the Stitched Nested Labels die cuts, I ran into a wall. I found another image that would cover up the seam of the pieces, if connected as a complete shape, but the design just wasn’t “clicking” with me.

Letting it percolate in my head a bit, I saw a card on Mary Fish’s blog that showed a different label cut in half. Aha! This card was born.

Stamp: Bloom & Grow, Nature’s Poem

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow

Blends: Calypso Coral combo, Old Olive combo, Soft Sea Foam light, Mint Macaron light, Mossy Meadow light, Highland Heather light, Daffodil Delight light

Paper: Terracotta Tile, Whisper White, 2019 In Color DSP stack

Accessories: Stitched Nested Labels dies, Budding Blooms dies, Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder

Once I decided how the leftover die cuts were to be used, this card came together quickly. It helped that all of the flower elements were already on my desk. The large image was a leftover from prototyping a project in May. The little flowers and leaf sprays I used to sprinkle behind the main image were from an earlier attempt to use these particular die cuts. I like that this stamp set gives you three different big floral images, and a bunch of little ones to fill out those images or create your own. (Hmm, those little images are begging for wreath building…)

I added an embossed piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock in the middle of the card, even though the card is already built around a Terracotta Tile background. I thought the additional texture, but just in the middle, drew attention to the flowers. Plus, it makes the card look like a flower garden between two windows.

The sentiment pieces are from the Rooted in Nature stamp set. I stamped, then cut apart each piece.

NOTE: The font has some skinny sections. You have to be careful of the amount of ink on your stamp.

After the first try, I had to massage the ink of my pad to the side and try again. Otherwise, parts of the letters were bleeding out, making the sentiment harder to read. You have to wait for the ink to dry a bit, too. Sometimes the ink moves a bit after stamping, especially if you are using Whisper White. The coating of Whisper White gives you better stamping, but sometimes it makes ink move more than you want/expect.

Here’s a picture to show what I mean. The bottom shows how the stamp looks before massaging the ink pad. The top is stamped after massaging my ink pad. (Someone on Splitcoast joked that she would stamp better after a massage, too!) 🙂

Can you think of other ways to use the leftovers? I have more ideas I am working on…

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Botanical Card using Leftover Die Cuts

After making all of the gatefold cards from the past couple of weeks, I was left with a bunch of trapezoidal die cuts. They can be turned back into a Stitched Nested Label with just a little bit of work. Why not use them to make cards, too?

For this one, I added some tape to the back of the two pieces, to stitch them back together into one piece.

Stamp: Bloom and Grow

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White craft

Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

Blends: Rococo Rose combo, Old Olive combo, Soft Sea Foam light, Color lifter

Accessories: Budding Blooms dies, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack, Pearls basic jewels, Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder, 3D embossing plate, Stampin’ sponges

The flower image is just long enough to cover up the seam. It looks like the nested label is a single piece!

I saw a sample in the demonstrator magazine, Stampin’ Success, that showed the use of this image vertically. I didn’t think it would work, but it does!

The background is embossed with the new Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder. Love! I needed the new 3D embossing plate. Some people found that they don’t need it, but it depends on how tight/loose your machine is.

I added loops of the Mossy Meadow linen thread included in the Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack. Doesn’t this all come together so nicely?

I also sprinkled some pearls, just because I need to use them more. 🙂

Oh, and I sponged a little bit of Whisper White craft ink over the bricks that stick out just a bit more.

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Sponged Sky and Botanical Tags

At work, I think it’s a treat to be able to see the sunset as I go either to or from my break. (Winter = first break, of course, and Summer = second break. Hah, the implication is that we don’t have windows…)

I love seeing sponged backgrounds, especially color gradients. Why not combine the two in a project, right? Oh, and throw in a die set that I’ve been struggling with which to make a decent project.

Stamp: none

Ink: Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point

Paper: Gray Granite, Pacific Point, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Botanical Tags, Stampin’ sponges, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Rectangles Stitched dies, Multipurpose adhesive sheets (retired), 2″ circle punch.

To die cut the botanical tag, I added an adhesive sheet to the top of the strip that would be cut out. The strip is 2-1/4″ wide. I drew a line about 1/8″ in along each long side, and tried to center the die between those lines. After cutting with the die, I trimmed off the edges from the bottom of the  strip along those lines, meeting up with the bottom of the die image. Oh, and erased any remaining pencil marks.

I cut the bottom into a flag shape. I measured 1/2″ in from the edge, at the middle. I cut from the corners to this mark. I wanted a shaped bottom, so it doesn’t look like a headstone, but a tag.

For the background visible through the die cut, I cut a strip of Whisper White just a bit narrower than 2″. I could then slide this into a 2″ circle punch from the center of the punch, to round one end of the strip. (You will probably need a piece of thin scrap paper to help you slide the cardstock partially into the punch. Don’t forget to remove your scrap paper before punching!)

I then sponged color where it would show through the die cut. I started with Petal Pink, since that was the bottom “boundary” needed for inking. I added a bit of Bermuda Bay, then finished with Pacific Point. I really wanted to use Pacific Point, because it’s a pretty blue that hasn’t been used much in DSP lately.

The adhesive sheet on the back of the detailed die cut allowed me to easily add the sponged background.

I added stitched rectangles in Pacific Point and Petal Pink to coordinate with the ink I used.

Although my card base is Gray Granite, I decided to add an embossed mat of Gray Granite for texture. I like adding the embossing as a mat, rather directly on the card base, so that the embossing isn’t there when you open the card.

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Framed Inspiration

A couple of months ago, I made a frame that included an inspirational saying from one of our stamp sets: “Do something creative every day.” I forgot to share that with you and how I created it.

Stamp: Crafting Forever

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, VersaMark

Markers: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig (retired)

Blends: Cajun Craze combo, Mango Melody light, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, sorry can’t remember the rest

Paper: Thick Whisper White, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Country Floral 3D embossing folder, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Gold embossing powder, Rectangles Stitched dies, Stampin’ sponges, Blender pens

I saw a project that inspired this, it was some months back. Let me see if I can find it… here it is, by Su Mohr, featured by Mary Fish in her weekly roundup.

I actually could have made the project a little bit bigger in retrospect. I was limited by the image of the cup of paint brushes and the sentiment. I wanted to double emboss the cardstock, so that piece could be at most 6″ in either direction in order to fit in the embossing folder. (Since it was part of a window, duh, I could have made the window image bigger…) As it was, the finished project measures 4″ x 6″.

I die cut a rectangle in the middle of a 4″ x 6″ piece of thick Whisper White, before embossing with the Country Floral 3D embossing folder.

Sponging in the long direction only, I lightly added Crumb Cake  and Soft Suede ink to highlight the different flowers.

Then, even more lightly, I sponged on VersaMark and added Gold embossing powder. I love how the gold embossing highlights the dry embossing.

For the image, I traced the opening onto my working Very Vanilla cardstock. I stamped the pot freehand, but used the Stamparatus for the sentiment. I inked the whole sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black, and used a blender pen to remove ink from “creative”. I added in the 4 colors with markers, at the same time, but on different parts of the word. Lightly “huff” on stamp, then apply to paper. I used a Stamparatus for the sentiment in case any of the stamping didn’t come out dark enough.

Erase the pencil lines…

After coloring the pot and brushes, I ran the cardstock in the Subtle 3D embossing folder twice, rotating after the first pass. This gives the cardstock a texture like linen or canvas.

Here is a closeup of both embossing:

To put it all together, I cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than the embossed piece, and cut out the same rectangle. I glued the fun foam frame to the back side of the embossed piece, then added the sentiment behind. I finished by adding a piece of thick Whisper White (I think, or a piece of chipboard from a DSP pack) for stability.