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!
The Card Pattern
The pattern in this card is one of four that are in my tutorial booklet, Layering with Squares – Vol. 1. That tutorial, along with several others, is for sale in my Robin’s Craft Room Shop. Check them out – I’m sure you’ll really like them!
Designer Papers Aren’t Just for Layering
If you look at the cards at the beginning of this article, you’ll see that the card on the left and that on the right have beautifully colored elements decorating the large center square. On each of these cards, there are several shapes that have been hand-cut out of a pattern in the same set of Designer Papers that is featured in that card.
The card on the right, featuring the Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Paper set, has three different potted plants from one of the sheets of paper. I arranged them to overlap each other as well as the square element itself. I left room in the right section of the large square for the simple sentiment, Smile, from the Lovely You Stamp Set.
On the left is a card featuring the You’re a Peach paper set. You might remember that I used this set for some fussy counting last week (check out the July 12th blog post article). For that card I fussy cut some of the blossoms. But here I cut some peaches as they’re the namesake of the paper set. I’ve been ignoring the peaches! Those that I cut are from two different sheets of paper in the set.
The Bloom Where You’re Planted Card
This card features two patterns from the Bloom Where You’re Planted paper set. The first is the background, which is a lovely brick wall. I think this looks so good with the different kinds of flowers and plants in pots that you can find in this paper set. I was glad to have a design that allowed me to use it that way. The second pattern is in the top layer of the two smaller squares.
The cardstock that I used as the accent for this card is Just Jade, which is one of the colors featured in the paper set. I used it to mat the brick wall layer as well as the two smaller squares. Then I used the Just Jade Gingham ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack to continue the Just Jade accent.
For the final part of this design, I added a few of the Pale Papaya gems from the Genial Gems pack.
The Tidings of Christmas Card
I used three patterns from the Tidings of Christmas paper set for this card. The first is the Cherry Cobbler striped background layer. Then I not only used a pattern for the two smaller squares, I also used one for the middle, larger square.
While I used Cherry Cobbler for most of the accents in this card, I decided on the Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon for the background accent. One of the Cherry Cobbler elements is the gems from an upcoming embellishments set (you saw these in an earlier article about these paper sets). The other is the cardstock that I sued for the card base, for matting the squares, and for die-cutting the sentiment on the middle square.
Have you noticed that, on quite a few of the card photos in this series, I’m using the Designer Papers to accent the inside of the cards. I did that on all of the cards. The accents are in different places depending on the design of the card and my mood at the time. But you should see a lot of them in this series.
You’re a Peach Card
I’ve already written about the design on the center square of the You’re a Peach Designer Paper card. The sentiment to the right of the fussy-cut images is from the Sweet As a Peach Stamp Set. There are actually two stamps that make up the greeting as I stamped it – the “you’re as” and then the rest of it.
Both the background paper and the papers on the top layers of the smaller squares are patterns from the set. I accented this card with Pear Pizzazz, both in the mats for everything and the stamped sentiment.
I don’t have any Pear Pizzazz ribbon at the moment. So I used the White Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials pack for the ribbon element. I thought that there was enough in the way of colorful elements on this card that I didn’t see the need to add any gems or whatever.
Next Up – a Recap of My Favorites
I’ve finished with the six card designs I created and I’ve shown each of them off with three sets of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers. All of those that I used plus several more are all on sale at 15% this month only! You can check out the exact price in the slide show at the end of this post.
The next three articles will feature a recap of my favorite papers and how I worked them into each of the designs.
Happy crafting with Patterned Papers!