Hi There, Stampers!
In my last article, I focused on how well one of the prints in the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper set coordinated so well with one of the designs in the Full of Love Stamp Set. But I didn’t stop with that print and that stamp. When I looked at the other prints in the paper set and the other stamps in the stamp set, I realized that I had the making of a really nice set of cards that I could make to give as a gift. With the holiday season quickly upon us, I thought that was a great idea for quick gifts.
So here we are with another card made with the same paper and stamp set.
The Tea Boutique paper set, like most of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper sets, has some prints that are monochrome, made up on one of the colors featured throughout the set. For this project I used the Orchid Oasis and Fresh Freesia monochrome prints. How did I decide on those? Well, once I knew I was going to create a card with strips of papers, I first found a multi-colored print to anchor the design. The small floral print features both the Orchid and Freesia colors. So choosing them was simple.
There’s another color in that print, too, and it’s green. Garden Green is not listed as a color in this paper set. But the leaves in this print sure look like Garden Green to me. So that’s the color I chose as the accent for this card. I also used it to color the center image, along with the Fresh Freesia and Orchid Oasis. For the final accent, I added in some Granny Apply Green for the small leaf elements.
Fussy Cutting Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect
Usually when I decide to “fussy cut,” that is, to cut something a bit intricate out by hand, I really try to get an even outline around all the nooks and crannies in the design. But that approach felt a bit too much for the stamped image I used for the central element. So I took my Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips in hand and guided them in a somewhat unorganized path around the image. I only got down away from the main edge when I got to the Garden Green leaves. And cutting along those straight lines was easy, so why not?
The Rest of the Elements
For this card, I used a card base of Garden Green Cardstock, adding a background layer of Basic White Cardstock. To create a background for the central stamped image, I cut a piece of Garden Green Cardstock with one of the dies from the Layering Circles Die set. I thought about using an embossing folder to give it a bit of texture. But there’s not actually that much of the circle showing, so I decided against that extra step. But if you use a larger circle or want a bit of texture on even the smaller circle, go for it!
The final touch is the Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon. I love this color and especially this color in this ribbon. We have it for another 6 months, and I intend to use it whenever I can!
These Designs Make a Fun Gift of Stationery
As in my last post, here’s a sketch for this card. So many papers and stamp sets would work with this layout. As I said in the title for this article, I used one stamp set and one set of paper to create these two projects, as well as one in my next project post. That will also have a layout sketch to go with it. If you just made 1 or 2 cards with each of the three designs, you’d have the makings of a fun gift for a friend or family member who likes to write notes. Let me know if you end up doing something like that with your own paper and stamp set!