Early this past week, I showed off a card I'd made for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge group, the challenge being to highlight Stampin' Up! Designer Series (or printed) papers. Ever since then, I've been pulling out all sorts of papers to see what I could do to highlight them as well. You wouldn't know it from my lack of blog posts since then, but I've been making a bunch of cards using the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack that's for sale in Stampin' Up!'s 2012 Holiday Catalog.
But I'm still not ready to do much in the way of chatting about Christmas Cards just yet – it's still August!!! Nonetheless, I did want to show off some of that paper here. So my challenge to myself was to select one of the 24 designs in the Festival of Prints set but NOT make a Christmas Card. On top of this, today I saw that my online Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's group, SUDSOL, had a challenge to use the Daydream Medallions stamp set in a project. So off I went to find something that would bring both challenges into play.
I made a "Thank You" card! When I saw this piece of paper from Festival of Prints, I could immediately see the connectdion with Daydream Medallions and that took me almost immediately to the Floral Frames Framelits set, also in the main 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog.
This is one of the papers in the Festival of Prints set that highlights the Island Indigo color that's included in the paper set. There's also a lighter blue that appears in this sheet as well as elsewhere in the set that Stampin' Up! doesn't specifically identify. It's likely that it's just a lighter version of Island Indigo, but it's hard to lighten up card stock to get that light blue. So I chose some Baja Breeze card stock to complement the Island Indigo and Cherry Cobbler colors that are in the paper.
I die cut the large element, the Very Vanilla element, and the Baja Breeze element with the Floral Frames Framelits. The Island Indigo mat for the Very Vanilla die is a piece that I cut with a craft knife using the outside edge of the framelit I used for the Very Vanilla piece as a guide.
To give the card some dimension, I adhered the Island Indigo mat to the printed paper with Stampin' Dimensionals, which I also did with the Baja Breeze element.
To stamp the sentiment from the stamp set, Petite Pairs, I first just stamped on the Baja Breeze with Cherry Cobbler ink. That seemed a bit flat to me, but I was able to fix that by using Stampin' Up!'s Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Emboss Powder. I'm really enjoying having all these brightly colored embossing powders!
And of course I tied the card all together with a bow – made from Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon. Such nice ribbon to work with!
Now that I've got this paper thing out of my system, I think I'll go take on another challenge. There are plenty of them on the Internet these days, and I hope you'll think about joining in some of them – lots of fun to try out new ideas!