If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my live video a couple of weeks ago where I showed off all the beautiful cards I received in a recent swap. But for those who don’t ‘do’ Facebook – or for those who do, and would like a closer look at all the beautiful cards I received – I figured I would share them in a blog post here as well!
The card swap was organized by a fellow demonstrator, with the purpose of using products from the annual catalogue. It was such a treat to see all the happy mail rolling into my mailbox, and then so inspiring to see all the gorgeous cards created by talented people!
If these cards have inspired you, be sure to check out the product list below to see all the items that were used to create them! Happy Stampin’!
I learned the Inlaid Floating technique recently! I hope you’ll give it a try. This technique has many steps, but I think the end result is well worth it!
To start, you will need the following supplies: Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5″, scored in centre Two pieces same colour cardstock: 4 x 5.25″ and 2-7/8 x 3-7/8″ Contrasting colour cardstock: 3.75 x 5″ You’ll also need several strips of either cardstock or DSP (I used the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper).
Then you’ll need a piece of window sheet and a die of your choosing. The window sheet should be sized to be a little larger than your die.
Similarly, your strips should be the same length as your window sheet. They can be different widths, in fact that makes it look more interesting – I found my preference was between a quarter-inch and five-eighths of an inch.
Run the contrasting cardstock layer through your machine with an embossing folder, or as I did, the Stitched Greenery die (I love the effect it creates!). Assemble the first three layers onto your cardbase as shown.
Lay out your strips of DSP in the order you want to attach them. Line up your window sheet on your grid paper so you can use the lines as a guide to make sure you attach your strips straight!
Attach your strips to your window sheet, leaving small spaces between the strips.
Next, use your die to cut this piece on your die-cutting machine. Window sheet is very strong, so you’ll have to run it through the machine 3-4 times to cut it all the way through.
Use the same die to cut a white piece of cardstock.
Choose a detailed die to be your cut-out piece. You’ll cut two of these: one from black cardstock, and one from your window-sheet piece.
TIP: Use adhesive sheets on the back of your black cardstock before cutting out, to make it easy to attach.
TIP: Run your window sheet through the machine several times to completely cut the intricate piece. I found it was helpful to run it through 2-3 times in one spot, then move it to a different place on my cutting plate before running through another 2-3 times.
Even then, you may need to use your snips to add the finishing touches.
Use Dimensionals and mini dimensionals to attach your window sheet piece to the white cardstock you cut. The dimensionals will go on the back (the window sheet), with the paper strips in the front.
TIP: Before removing the adhesive sheet backing from your intricate shape, roll the die-brush over it. This will help some of the small pieces stick to the tape when you peel it off. Use your pokey tool to poke out any stray pieces.
Now you can attach your die-cut piece to the white cardstock. This is what creates the floating effect: while the strips are attached with dimensionals, the die-cut piece will attach directly to the white circle behind the strips.
Finish your card as desired.
Have you made any projects with this technique? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!
Since the July – December Mini Catalogue is launching soon, we crafters are starting to get in the holiday spirit – so I thought I’d show you a simple card layout that’s easy to make in multiples. This could be a great design for your stacks of holiday cards this year, and best of all, it’s made with Designer Series Paper you can get from the annual catalogue … in fact, this paper is on sale for 15% off until August 2nd! What a deal!
Measurements: Cardbase – 5.5 x 8.5″ Contrasting cardstock – 4 x 5.25″ Designer Series Paper- 3.75 x 5″
Today, I’ll be making a set of four cards. You could easily make just one of these cards at a time, but if you make multiples, you’ll have more options for the mix-and-matching that comes later.
Use your trimmer to cut your DSP diagonally, from corner to corner.
Then, take the two pieces you just cut and line them up as if you didn’t cut them. Rotate them so you can cut diagonally from the opposite corners.
You’ll end up with this:
Repeat with each of your DSP layers.
Now it’s time to mix and match! Play around with your triangles – including flipping them from front to back – to find combinations you like.
Then, attach your DSP triangles to your contrasting cardstock layers. There will be borders around all the edges and in between the pieces.
Now attach them to your cardbases.
And finally, decorate as desired!
You can see how easy it would be to make a whole stack of these – in fact, I think I’ll do just that when the weekend rolls around! Don’t forget to check out the product list below to see what I used to make these cards!
Once you’ve made your own triangle cards, please share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!
For real though (heh) … the kits are pretty awesome, and they are the *perfect* way to give papercrafting a try without spending a lot of money or worrying about storage space for a big collection of tools. They are kind of like the “Blue Apron” or “Hello Fresh” of the crafting world, giving you just the handful of “ingredients” you need to complete the project and get a taste of crafting!
If you have admired the projects you see here on my blog or made by other papercrafters, and wondered how to get started, the 180-page annual catalogue can feel pretty overwhelming. In contrast, the kits are simple, straightforward, and include step-by-step graphics to ensure you are happy with your finished project. Here’s an example of what you’ll find inside a kit:
The kits are also quite compact, making them the perfect choice for on-the-go crafting. Take one to your campsite, your kid’s soccer practice, your road trip … as long as you can find a flat surface, everything else you need is in this handy little box!
So where can you find these kits – are they in the catalogue? Stampin’ Up! will be introducing more and more kits throughout the year, and doesn’t want to be tied to the catalogue publication cycle in order to do so. Instead, the kits will be listed online for you to browse through and see which ones appeal to you. As of this writing, there are ten kits to choose from, with themes ranging from colourful butterflies, to masculine retro-vibes, from sentimental floral to whimsical rainboots. There are even some kits that don’t require stamping! These kits are priced a bit lower, since they don’t include an inkspot, stamp set, or block.
I’m so excited about these kits that I’ve invited a first-time crafter, Bri, to join me tonight in a Facebook live to put together some projects from a kit!
This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a vertical pocket fold card, using items from the Pansy Petals suite. I learned this fold from demonstrator Jan Clothier.
This gorgeous Pansy Petals paper, which features all of the 2021-2023 In Colors, is on sale this month for 15% off! Stock up and save on this and eight other Designer Series Papers packs – get all the details here.
You’ll need: A full sheet of 8.5 x 11” cardstock, and an additional piece 1.5 x 9.75” White cardstock : 4 x 5” Designer Series Paper: 4 x 2.25” and 5.25” x 5.25″
Designer Series Paper – or DSP as I fondly call it – just might be my guilty pleasure of crafting. But really, how can I resist when Stampin’ Up! keeps creating amazing, unique, show-stopping artwork … and then making that art into paper that I can put on my projects?
I love using Designer Series Paper, and rarely make a project without it. I love that when I start with DSP, the work of colour coordination is already done for me – Stampin’ Up! and their designers have already figured out which colours will coordinate with each paper pack, and I can use that colour list to design my card. The list of coordinating colours is always included in the catalogue, on the website, and on the paper pack itself. It’s pretty much foolproof!
If you also love Designer Series Paper, you’re in luck. This month, nine of the DSP packs from the annual catalogue are on sale for 15% off, meaning you can stock up and save on your faves!
In honour of the DSP sale, I’ve gathered together some of my favourite tutorials for you, so that you’ll have lots of inspiration for using your paper. Check them out below!