These cards are among many that I made this past weekend to thank my most recent customers for their orders. Of couse I used one of the most versatile products that they – and you! – can get FOR FREE from this summer’s Sale-a-bration Brochure. It’s a set of papers called Beautifully Penned. What makes it so versatile is that every design on the while background is either black or gray. YOU add the color.
Coloring the Paper
This is the photo of the paper set that’s in the Stampin’ Up! Online Catalog. The sheet that I used for the front layer of this card is right on the top. As I first stared at this sheet, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. First, of course, was to select a color. One color that I’ve not used a lot since it was introduced is June is Polished Pink. Bright pinks have not been on my list of color favorites. So why not try this new In Color on what is basically a blank slate.
And so I started my project. Besides the Polished Pink Stampin’ Blends, I also used the “Light” markers from the Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs. I used the Pinks on the flowers, with just a bit of the dark marker to shade them. Then I colored the stems using the thin end of the Evening Evergreen marker and sketched over the sprigs with the Soft Succulent brush end.
Designing the Card – Step 1. Cutting the Paper
When I’d finished coloring the entire sheet, I still wasn’t sure how I was going to use it. So I stopped to recall what my goal was with this project – show all my most recent customers how versatile this product is. That meant I had to get at least 10 out of this sheet.
To do that and still use the card shape I usually use – 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″ – I could cut the paper into 3″ x 4-1/4″ pieces and even have a scrap left over. (Check out Friday’s article here to see what I did with the scrap!)
Designing the Card – Step 2, Layering
I love making cards with layers. For this card, I wanted to use the pink and light green colors to accent the featured layer. So I cut layers of Polished Pink and Soft Succulent. I was thinking about adding a Basic White layer. But then I saw another of the patterns in the Beautifully Penned set and used that for a pop of white in the middle layer.
Here is a sketch of the card layering. Besides the card base, there are 5 layers. But even after I added the sentiment, its layer (punched with the Double Oval Punch), the ribbon, and the envelope, the card only weighed 0.9 ounces. Just right for a USA First Class Stamp.
I used the “Thanks” from and Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set. But there are many sentiments that you could use for this card and even with the punches. The inside of the card and the envelope include sentiments from a stamp set that used to be a supply item for demonstrators. But I still love using it for sending cards to my customers and my downline.
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I have list of the products that I used for this card that you may not yet have in your crafting stash. I’m assuming that you have at least some Basic White Cardstock scraps and a sentiment stamp set (or 2 or 3) that you could use for the sentiment layer. After that, buy just the products in the showcase below and you’ll have bought enough to order the paper FOR FREE!
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I had so much fun making these cards that I’m tempted to make even more just to send to friends. Once you try this paper and maybe this very layout, I’m sure you’ll be hooked, too!