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!
Sampling Papers With Horizontal Sections
Each of these three cards contains four different patterns that you can find in its featured Designer Paper set. Each cards has sections that are 4″ wide by either 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″ and 2-1/4″ for a total of 5-1/4″ top to bottom. I’ve mixed up the sections in each of the cards. I’ll tell you how they’re arranged when I discuss each card. Other than having the same strips as the background, there’s nothing else that these three cards have in common.
Tie a Bow Around the Card And It’s Done!
The Designer Paper set that’s featured in this card is called Bloom Where You’re Planted. It’s one of two sets of papers in my July Designer Paper series that I didn’t buy at first. But now that I have it, I’m really excited about how I can use it to make a quick and easy card. The main colors from it that I used for this card are Cinnamon Cider and Just Jade. The strips in this card are arranged as follows: 3/4″, 1″, 2-1/4″, 1-1/4″. I chose one of the patterns with pictures of plants as the larger strip. This almost gives me a stamped design look as the main section of the card.
After laying out the papers, all I did was wrap a piece of the Just Jade Gingham Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and finish it with a bow. Then I used Cinnamon Cider Ink to stamp the word, “Thanks,” from the Simply Succulents Stamp Set directly onto the bottom right corner of the bottom Designer Paper layer.
To finish off the design, I added a few Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider gems from the 2020-2022 In Color Square Gems
Papers Are Not Just for Backgrounds
The middle card features stamps and papers from the “You’re a Peach” suite. The patterns from the You’re a Peach Designer Papers are arranged from the top at 1″, 2-1/4″, 3/4″ and 1-1/4″. As I’d planned on the central element in this card to have lots of design elements, I made the large section more of a monotone pattern. The more detailed sections are at the top and bottom of the card.
Now about that central element. For the base I cut the Basic White Cardstock circle and the Pear Pizzazz scalloped circle mat using the Layering Circles Dies set. But rather than stamping images on it, I cut images out of one of the patterns in the Designer Paper set. All of the sheets of paper in this set that contain peaches and/or flowers have the best design that can be fussy cut to create any kind of a design you want.
For my design, I cut three sections – the main sprig of flowers on the left and then two smaller sprigs that bend off to the right to create a kind of circular design. I stamped the sentiment from the Sweet As a Peach Stamp Set using Pear Pizzazz Ink.
Christmas Trees With a Textured Surprise
This is the same basic background as the first two cards with just a different kind of layering. The Designer Papers in this set are from the Tidings of Christmas paper set. The strips in order from the top are 1″, 3/4″, 2-1/4″, and 1-1/4″.
The left vertical layer in this card is where I really had some unexpected fun. I originally thought I’d use a Basic White Cardstock layer on which to put the punched trees. But I found that I didn’t like the white as much as I’d thought. As I was searching for just the right color for that background, I happened to spot one of the other design in the paper set. And it was perfect for the background. It’s Sahara Sand with white snowflakes. How perfect is that?
But here’s the surprise I alluded to. I wanted that middle tree to be a solid Evening Evergreen Color. But I also wanted some texture. As I was looking through my embossing folders, once again I spotted something I hadn’t expected. That was the Evergreen Border Punch. No, I didn’t want a border. But one of the trees in that border had the same shape as the Pine Tree Punch! So I ran a small piece of Evergreen cardstock through my Cut & Emboss Machine and by golly, it punched perfectly!
I stamped the other two trees with a stamp from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set using Evergreen ink. I matted the whole vertical element with, what else, Evergreen Cardstock. My card was almost finished. But I wanted just a little bling. So here’s another Sneak Peek from the upcoming Mini Catalog. It’s the Wonderful Gems set, and I used some of the red-colored gems to give the vertical layer just a bit more color.
That’s It for Today
Don’t forget to stop by on Wednesday for more about Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers and their 15% off sale during the month of July!