How much fun is this card? I love sunflowers…how about you? They have a special meaning for me as every time I see one it causes me to stop and remember a special little boy.
If you know me, you know that I love clean and simple cards. It’s my style for two reasons…one, I need for my card making to be quick! If I have to spend too much time it just isn’t fun for me. Are there many of you out there that feel the same? And two, luckily, I love the look!
I’ve been playing with the Eastern Palace Suite for a couple of weeks now and though I love the entire suite I am crazy in love with the dies! So I decided for stamp club this month they would get to make this fun clean and simple sunflower card.
The Eastern Palace die used for the petals is perfect for making sunflowers. I use the Precision Plate and Die Brush for all my intricate dies now. The Precision Plate helps to make deeper cuts so that all the intricate parts of the die are cut through. Then the Die Brush with it’s mat make it so you don’t have to sit and poke all the little pieces out. These are must have tools if you are into intricate dies.
There are a number of wonderful sentiments in the Eastern Palace Stamp Set but I am loving the two curved ones so much!
Embossing folders are a great way to give your cards texture. Here, the center of the sunflower is a 2″ circle that’s been embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. I’m sad to say that this folder was on the retiring list and has been sold out since I designed this card for my stamp club. But, with all the embossing folders both new and old I’m sure there’s a folder that would still look great.
The little bee, if you are loving her, is one of the stamps in the Touches of Texture stamp set. You do have to fussy cut her out but it’ s really easy to do if you have a pair of Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Snips. They are so sharp and easy to use.
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Do you like to feel cozy during the cold winter month?. I know I do! And that’s why I love the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder. It allows me to make cozy looking cards and projects throughout the Christmas season and beyond.
These are gift card holders I made for one of my November Onstage swaps.
I used the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder on the holder’s sleeve. Remember not to use the bottom acrylic plate when running it through the Big Shot. Watch the video below for more information about this folder…I choose not not spritz with water since I was making so many and they came out fine for this project.
Layering Circles were the perfect solution for this sentiment from the Tin of Tags stamp set.
Color coordination is one of Stampin’ Up!’s forte…I used the 3/8 Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pack to add just that little extra to make the special.
I will be using them this Christmas and selling some in our local Jasper consignment shop. Cute way to give a gift card!
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Today I want to share with you the Detailed Santa Thinlit Dies. The die makes the cutest Santa cards EVER! His beard is a mass of cut out swirls and if you love shaker cards he’s a must. Add the Greetings from Santa Stamp Set and you have everything you need to make fun Christmas cards for all the special people on your Christmas list. You can even add me to the list if you would like.
The stars and the border at the bottom of the card are an added bonus in the die set. They can be used on projects throughout this year making this die not just for Christmas.
And what a perfect sentiment for a Santa card. Purchase the Greetings from Santa Stamp Set and the Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies as a Bundle and save 10%.
Add a window wheet and Adhesive Foam Strips and you can easily make this fun Shaker Card.
Here you see the second boarder in the die set used on both the top and bottom of this card.
You can also use this set to make your Christmas tags. Simple or elaborate…your choice.
The stamp set comes in both clear mount and wood mount.
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along with the card I featured on the original post.
Dee’s comment was…Your website looks great! I love the new DSP Pop of Color paper! Black and white with a pop of Melon Mambo.
A simple leaf for a fall birthday. Yes, it appears to be a simple leaf but when you look closer you will see that the design looks almost 3D.
By layering designer series paper and then popping up a layer with a die cut you give your card that 3D effect.
I fell in love with our whisper white thick card stock for card bases but it’s also a perfect weight when popping up a die cut layer. No sagging and no need to use tons of dimensionals.
Give the leaf more emphasis by outlining it with your soft suede marker (thin end). This is easily done by placing the leaf back over the die cut and tracing around the actual die.
Add a pretty grosgrain ribbon in a coordinating color and a simple sentiment to finish off your card
But in the end, what really makes this card extra special is the pretty patterned paper. This is only one of the beautiful designs in the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.
If you’re a leaf lover then make sure you look at the coordinating Vintage Leaves stamp set because when you use the stamp and die together you can make the most beautiful leaves. This is one combo that will remain in my stamp studio long after it retires.
Cut a soft suede card base 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 score and fold in half
Cut a Delightful Dijon layer 4×5-1/4
Cut a Thick Whisper White layer 3-3/4 x 5
Adhere the Delightful Dijon layer to the card base.
Stamp the sentiment in Delightful Dijon ink on the bottom of the white layer.
Cut the leave shape using the Leaflets Framelits (several leaves to choose from) and then keeping the die in place outline it with a soft suede marker (thin point end)
Tie Delightful Dijon Grosgrain Ribbon around the white layer and tie a knot.
Glue a 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of patterned paper to the Delightful Dijon layer making sure it will fit right under the die cut when you add that layer.
Add dimensionals to the back of the thick white layer. Not just around the outside of the layer. Place some small pieces of dimensional around the actual leaf. Then adhere the finish layer to the card.
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Today I’m sharing the swap card I designed for my team gathering. The theme in October was fall and I decided to take a look at the Paisley & Posies Suite in the Holiday catalog.
Let’s start with the paper…Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. I choose the rich Cajun Craze leaf printed paper in the pack. This is a gorgeous pack of paper with beautiful colors and patterns and a little copper foil.
The sentiment is from the Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set. And the leaf was cut using the coordinating Paisley Framelits Dies. Save 10% when you purchase them as a product bundle.
The intricate dies can be a challenge to glue in place without getting glue all over your card so I tried something new that worked really well. I placed Tear & Tape Adhesive in strips on the back of the foil before I cut with the die. After running through the Big Shot I used the Die Brush and then used the Paper-Piercing Tool to remove the backing from what tape was left on the back of the die cut. Now you have a die cut with sticky on the back that’s easy to adhere to your project.
One of the larger pearls in the Pearl Basic Jewels pack is a perfect accent on the bottom of the leaf.
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