This week I am beginning to open up all those packs of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I bought with my first order from the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog. There are so many new products in this catalog, that I haven't paid one lick of attention to the DSPs. Until this week!
The first set of paper I opened is called Venetian Romance. I spent more time that I should have (well, maybe not) examining the fresh new patterns in this paper set. The swirls and splashes are definitely going to be fun to use. But I chose two traditional designs for today's greeting card. This card, by the way, has a layout inspired by this week's Create With Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge.
The first thing that I do when I open a new pack of DSP is to turn one sheet of each pattern over so I end up with 12 sheets of DSP that show 12 different patterns in front of me. This has its down side when I end up choosing the patterns that are on opposite sides of the same sheet of paper. I ended up cutting two sheets instead of just one. But as this is such a small card (4-1/4" square) there are still some large-ish pieces of both sheets left for other projects.
When I first cut the darker patterned side, I didn't pay attention to the design. After I started to put the card together, I realized that I could make the background more symmetrical by being a bit more careful with my cutting. So off I went to cut yet another piece. I like how the left and right designs frame my central image!
And I'm not limiting myself to just brand new DSP this week! I'm also going to get into some of the brand new stamp sets that I've not used yet. Today that "set" is the single stamp, Five-Way Flower. It didn't take me too long to figure out how I was going to do the layers using both this stamp and the four punches that work with it – the 2-3/8, 1-3/4, 1-1/4 and 7/8" Scallop Circle Punches. Hmmm. That would be ALL the scallop circle punches! I stamped the image for the 2-3/8" (Tangerine Tango) and 7/8" (Island Indigo) punches, and used the 1-3/4 and 1-1/4" punches to punch coordinating Card Stock – Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe, respectively.
And I finally used the Brad Bases for one of the new Candy Dots (Tangerine Tango) to hold all those layers together. One great thing about the new Candy Dots is that they're in EVERY one of the core colors in the Stampin' Up! catalog. No more having to make do with a Pumpkin Pie Brad when I really want a Tangerine Tango Brad!
I used the new Hostess Stamp Set, Express Yourself, to stamp the sentiment using Island Indigo Classic Ink on the Pistachio Pudding DSP layer.
Finally, I tied my project together with some Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon. Pretty card, don't you thinik!!? And it's so much fun getting the new products out! I hope you have some brand new Stampin' Up! products to use. Don't forget that you can always order some through my personal Stampin' Up! store by clicking right here!
A big thanks to all of you who commented on my 5th Blogaversary post this past weekend! The blog Candy Winner was Kathy Clark, and I'll be communicating with her by e-mail to get her CDs off in the mail this week.