I’m featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Papers in my greeting cards all during July. For the entire month, most of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Papers are on sale at 15% off the catalog price. I’m hoping to show you that these papers can carry a whole card design all by themselves. So, even at full price, they’re worth having in your crafting stash.
In the first paragraph about each card, there is a link to Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper set that I’ve featured in that card. If you click the link you’ll be able to see all of the patterns in that paper set. And you can even order it right then and there as you’ll be in my personal Stampin’ Up! store!
And, Surprise! All three of these cards have the same design layout – 5 Rectangular Postage Stamp Punched papers with a ribbon tied around the center. But this time, I switched one of the card to have a landscape orientation, which is different from the other two.
You’re a Peach
The first card in this group features the Designer Paper set, You’re a Peach. For this design, I chose to punch two of the colorful patterns, one of which featured peach blossoms and the other one peaches themselves. The former design is in the upper right and lower left, with the peach design in the upper left and lower right. There is a pattern with larger peaches. But they were two large for that Postage Stamp punch.
All of the first four punched pieces were added to a base layer of a Pear Pizzazz monochrome print from the Designer Paper set. Then I adhered that layer to a layer of Pale Papaya Cardstock.
For the middle punched paper, I chose a Calypso Coral monochrome design, and added a stamped element with a sentiment from the Sweet as a Peach Stamp Set. But before I added that the design, I wrapped a piece of Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon around the main layer and finished it with a bow over at the left. Then I added the middle punched element using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Using the Pansy Petals set was a bit more of a challenge for this design. But I had a plan for the month and it called for me to use this paper – whether I wanted to or not! Finally I decided to go with the two new In Colors that were featured in this paper set – Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink. I’ve seen them together in a lot of designs, so why not this one. Once I decided that, it was fairly easy to figure out that I’d just use the Fresh Freesia gingham design for the four background punched elements and layer them on a piece of Polished Pink Cardstock. Then I’d just punch a piece of a Pansy print that featured both of those colors. That was the real challenge as most of the pansy designs in this paper are fairly large flowers (gorgeous ones at that).
To bring the pink color into the featured elements a bit, I used the Polished Pink Cardstock for stamping the Thank You sentiment. Then, to add a bit more of the Freesia color, I used Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon to tie around the center, again finishing it with a bow. Making bows with that ribbon is so easy! To finish up the card, I added a few light purple pearls from the Pastel Pearls embellishment set.
You can see that I decided that, as long as I was making one bright-colored card, I might as well make another. So, yes, this card is a bit brighter than I’m used to making. But the Sweet Symmetry Designer Paper set is bright. I bought it not because of its brightness, but because I love, love, love symmetrical designs. With the size of the postage punch, I wasn’t entirely successful at punching a symmetrical design. But for each of the two colors of the background punched elements I made sure that they were identical. That’s as close to symmetry that I came with this card.
The two colors in the background elements are Calypso Coral and Just Jade. Those are two of the colors featured in the center punched paper. Rather than just “sprinkle” some gems around on the card, I added three to each of the four background pieces. I added some Jade Gems from the 2020-2022 In Color Square Gems. Since I don’t own any Calypso Coral gems, I added three pink gems from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels. Once they were on those Just Jade pieces, they looked like they matched the Coral pieces just fine.
For the ribbon around this card, I added a length of the Just Jade Gingham ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. I finished this ribbon with a simple knot.
For both this card and the Pansy card, I texturized the background cardstock using the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder. I like to use this whenever I have any kind of a floral design and feel that I need a bit of texture.
More Papers On Friday!
I just know you’re going to love the designs in Friday’s Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Article. I’ve had fun making all the cards in this series. But Friday’s card were just about the most fun to make.