Saying Goodbye to DSPs

There were so many papers in the this year’s catalogs that I simply loved. So, while Stampin’Up! is saying “goodbye” to all of these lovelies, I may have hoarded a few for personal use, so I can continue to play with them. But as we get ready to close the current catalog to make room for the new, including many new, beautiful papers, I thought I would share a few card samples with my favorites DSPs.

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Window cards


Z-fold card

Petal Promenade

Framing the papers
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More Floral Romance Suite

So I promised more projects on this suite of products, so here are two cards from a recent workshop.

Floral Romance Suite

The vellum sheets in the designer series paper of this suite are simply beautiful. The dies are to die-for, and the embossing folder is stunning. And framing out the first card below with the new stitched rectangle framelits really makes the card stand out.

On the Mint Macaron card below, regular vellum was cut to the same size as the card base, and embossed in the lace embossing folder, making this a stunning card with little else needed to embellish it.

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Shadow Stamping

Shadow Stamping

Masking and sponging is one of my favorite techniques when making cards, although it can be a bit labor intensive, depending on how much sponging you’re doing. Now combine that with shadow stamping, and it is just so cool. This technique adds a lot of depth and texture to a single panel. I learned this technique from Theresa Momber, and thought the card she made was so pretty that I CASEd it, using similar colors but a different stamp. I will link to her card video here.

First I die cut the rectangle, and then before removing the die, sponge inside the frame die; and it leaves this nice white border around the sponging. Next, I stamped the image using the same color ink that I sponged with. In this case, it was Perfect Plum from Stampin’Up! Then I inked up the stamp again using Versamark, and stamped the image just slightly to the right and higher than the previous stamp. The stamp was covered with white embossing powder and heat set. The panel is backed with a rectangle of Elegant Eggplant card stock from Stampin’Up! and placed on a Perfect Plum card base.

To finish the card, I added a popped up banner, and a butterfly stamped in plum, punched out and covered with Wink of Stella.

 

 

I’m not sure why the colors of these two photos are so different, because they were taken in the same location, not many minutes apart. Probably the natural lighting changed in the meantime. I obviously need to take my photos under more controlled lighting. Some day!!!

 

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Winter Cards

Winter Cards

Before launching into Christmas cards next month, I decided to work my way into it, by starting with some wintery cards. Using up some retired designer series paper and a Memories & More card pack along with the Colorful Seasons stamp set, here are the card samples I made.

 

 

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Delightfully Detailed

Delightfully Detailed

If you haven’t seen this beautiful laser cut specialty paper and the watercolor note cards that coordinate with this suite, you need to check these out. When I first saw the specialty paper, I knew I had to have it. And many of the designs are meant to be cut and layered directly onto the Delightfully Detailed note cards that measure 3 1/2″ x 5″ used in these samples as the measurements are the same.

 

Any of the designs will work perfectly as stencils too. So, you can ink a pattern onto one card with a brayer or sponge dauber (as I did in this A2 sample card on the left), and then use the inked specialty paper as a layer on another card base (note card shown to the right). I even made a couple of A2 size cards using this specialty paper, like the card below.

 

 

The laser cut patterns in these papers are so delicate that any woman would love to get a card made with this paper.

So that’s what I came up with my first day playing with these products.

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Single Layer Cards

As someone always so inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s videos, I had to try her technique with making single layer cards. After stamping the focal image, you need to mask it, then stamp the sentiment repeatedly using different colors. By stamping and then masking the focal image, you can get almost the same look as if you had die cut the focal image and placed it on top. But it’s just one layer, uses less card stock and costs no extra to mail them

Here are a couple I started with:

 

The first card was the Party Panda, from this year’s Sale-a-bration catalog. He was easy to cut out and mask. Then, using my Stamparatus, I inked up the sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set with several different ink colors. I was able to make several on thick white card stock in minutes.

 

The second card uses a retired stamp set, called Best Thoughts. I pulled this set out because I already had a mask cut out for the flower. So, once I stamped the flower on the thick white card stock, and set my mask in place, it was just a matter of lining up the sentiment in my Stamparatus and inking away.

 

I find these to be quick, easy and inexpensive cards to make, and will be the perfect project for a small class to teaching how to use a stamp positioning tool.

 

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