20 days of paper projects – day 8

It’s now Day 8 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). This time we’re making the most of the two-sided nature of many patterned papers with a fold-back technique.

This fold shows both sides of the patterned paper and you can choose which you prefer to see most of and which should be just a peek.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Fresh Fig. A card front layer of Naturally Eclectic DSP was cut horizontally approx. 3/4 of the way across and the cut edges folded back and secured with dimensionals. Using Fresh Fig ink, a sentiment from Oh So Eclectic was stamped onto a card front layer of Whisper White card (in the area that the paper will reveal). The paper layer was adhered direct to the stamped layer and then direct to the card front. Using Lemon Lime Twist ink, the leaves from the set were stamped twice  onto Whisper White card and die cut out with the matching Eclectic Layers framelits. The watercolored flower from the set was stamped onto Whisper White card with Fresh Fig ink and die cut out. A detailed flower was die cut from Fresh Fig card which was first backed with Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet and adhered over the top of the stamped flower. The leaves were adhered direct to the back of the flower before popping it up on the card front with dimensionals. A Clear Faceted Gem was used to finish the flower.

On the Whisper White insert the watercolour flower and a flower centre were stamped with Fresh Fig ink. After masking off the flower, more leaves were stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink.

Don’t forget that in our Designer Series Paper Sale you get one pack free when you buy three others (and you can choose to get the more expensive one for free!).

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 7

Onto Day 7 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using patterned paper to transform low cost stationery into a pretty gift to give or keep.

We started with a cheap and cheerful jotter and pen. The jotter/notepad can be any size but one with a plain bound (rather than spiral bound) is usually easiest to work with. The pen needs to have a transparent barrel for the paper to show through .

The pen was taken apart (carefully, noting which part went where). A piece of Christmas Around the World DSP was cut to fit the length of the barrel (with the button at the top depressed). In this case it was approx. 3-1/14″ x 1″. The paper was rolled tightly around the central ink stem and the pen reassembled.

Adhesive was applied to the front of the jotter and Christmas Around the World DSP added to it. Any excess was trimmed away. Real Red Solid Ribbon was wrapped around the front of the jotter at the top of the DSP and then tied in a bow which was secured with a Mini Glue Dot. After stamping a sentiment from Merry Little Labels onto Whisper White card with Basic Black ink, it was punched out with the Everyday Label and adhered to the front of the jotter.

The decorated jotter and pen are now ready for recording Christmas shopping lists.

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Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 6

It’s Day 6 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). One of our earlier articles covered fussy cutting images from paper. Today we’re die cutting images from paper.

Those little coffee cups on the card front are die cut direct from the Coffee Cafe DSP. This makes creating a card quick and easy.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Garden Green. A card front layer of Coffee Break DSP was cut horizontally around a third of the way down and one side flipped over before adhering both pieces direct to the card front. A narrow strip of Soft Sky was adhered to a slightly wider one of Garden Green and then this was adhered over the join on the DSP. A sentiment from the Coffee Cafe set was stamped onto Whisper White card using Early Espresso ink and then die cut out with the co-ordinating Coffee Cup Framelit before popping up on the card front with a dimensional. Using another of the Coffee Cups Framelits, two mini coffee cups were die cut from one of the patterns of Coffee Break DSP. These were also popped up with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Coffee Cafe was stamped with Early Espresso ink.

Our Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale is still running if you’d like to stock up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 5

Onto Day 5 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Yesterday we made a 5″ square card. That size won’t fit well in my C6 envelopes lol and so today we’re using paper to make a co-ordinating envelope for the card.

 

 

 

 

 

The Envelope Punch Board takes all the guesswork out of cutting and scoring your paper. Simply look up the card size on the front of the board and it will tell you the size of paper you need to cut and where to line up the first edge to punch and score.

The instructions are right there on the front of the Board so you can’t lose them.

Christmas Around the World DSP was cut to a 8-1/8″ square and the left edge was lined up with the 4-1/8″ mark on the Envelope Punch Board. With the paper in place, the button at the top of the board was pressed to punch the paper and a line scored along the groove that runs diagonally from the centre of the button to the lower right corner of the Board. The paper was then rotated 90° counter clockwise and the scored line, lined up with the little pointer that juts out from the button (the score guide) then punched and scored again as before. This was repeated twice more. All the corners were then rounded by inserting them into the button from the opposite side and punching. After folding along the scorelines, three sides of the envelope were adhered in place. The fourth can be stuck down once the card has been written and is ready for posting.

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Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 4

It’s Day 4 already of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using the paper as a background for die cuts.

When I saw this pattern within the Christmas Around the World pack I thought the snow flurries would make a great background for a snow scene. We’ve used an intricate die cut from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits in this case.

You can also use DSP behind your die cut circles, ovals or squares. If you don’t have a die cutting machine then you could also use the paper behind punched shapes.

The card base is a 5″ square matted with a 4-7/8″ square of Whisper White and a 4-3/4″ square of Christmas Around the World. A piece of 4-3/4″ wide (approx. 3-3/4″ deep) Whisper White card was run through the Big Shot with one of the Hometown Greetings Edgelits (this cut almost to the edges and just a teeny snip was needed to finish the horizon). A sentiment from the co-ordinating Hearts Come Home set was stamped in Smokey Slate ink and the narrowest Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tapes were wrapped below the sentiment before popping the pice up on the card front with Mini Dimensionals to support the houses and tree.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from the set was stamped in Smokey Slate ink. Using Pool Party ink and stamping off first for a paler look, a couple of the houses and trees were stamped in the corner and then Santa was stamped over the top at full strength.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 3

On to Day 3 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short).

Got a “busy” paper that you love? It can be difficult to add a sentiment without covering the paper up. One possible solution is to use a vellum wrap as we have done here. The embossed sentiment stands out but the pattern can still be seen behind it. Another advantage is that you have a very flat card, ideal for posting.

We used White Emboss Powder to contrast with the dark paper but you can use Black or a dark metallic if your pattern is lighter.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. A large card front layer of Tangerine Tango was matted with Whole Lot of Lovely DSP. After dusting Vellum Cardstock with an Embossing Buddy, a sentiment from Lots of Love was stamped using Versamark ink. This was then covered with White EP and heat embossed. The vellum was wrapped around the card front layers and secured on the back before adhering the layers direct to the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Lots of Love was stamped in Basic Black and the flower and leaves added with Tangerine Tango and Pear Pizzazz inks respectively.

Our Designer Series Paper Sale is still on at the moment so you can stock up for less.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 2

Today is Day 2 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short).

An easy (but not always quick) technique to use with patterned papers is to fussy cut (fussy cutting is cutting out by hand with scissors) out an element from the paper. Here we followed an idea straight out of the Autumn/Winter catalogue (page 28) and cut out a sentiment from the Christmas Around the World DSP. This one was an easy shape to cut but as you practice, you can opt for more detailed designs.

I’ll be sharing other ideas and a tip for this card on my Facebook page tomorrow so if you don’t already follow Crafting and Stamping on Facebook please pop over and Like or Follow us there so you don’t miss our extra tips.

The card base is a small square (3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″) of Basic Gray, matted with Christmas Around the World DSP. A small strip of another pattern of the same papers was adhered across the front and then a tiny sliver of Silver Glitter Paper. After fussy cutting out a sentiment from the Christmas Around the World DSP it was popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert another piece of the same strip of DSP as on the front was adhered but much close to the base of the insert.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 1

Over the next 20 days I’m sharing a series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Some of the projects will use scraps and others will use larger pieces. Did you know we have a Designer Series Paper Sale at the moment so you can stock up for less.

Today’s project is a Christmas version of a design I previously used for a birthday card. A stack of gifts works for birthdays and Christmas 🙂

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black matted with Real Red card. Three rectangular scraps of Christmas Around the World DSP were adhered direct to a card front panel of Whisper White. These can be any decreasing set of sizes that fit well on the card front. A sentiment from Star of Light was stamped beneath the paper stack with Basic Black ink. Tear and Tape was used to adhere Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon vertically across the stack and then a bow of the same ribbon was adhered at the top with a Mini Glue Dot.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Star of Light was stamped in Basic Black and a strip of DSP adhered across the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Merry Patterns Christmas Card

At last! I’ve got my Merry Patterns stamp set (the one you can still get for FREE this month).

Isn’t it always the way? Now that I’ve got it and can have a play, I’ve got a muzzy head from a cold coming on 🙁

So to be kind to my poor head, I took a Stampin’ Up! design and just changed it around a little bit. This is the one I was looking at:

I want this one to go through the post with no extra stamps and so I dropped the bulk of the Boxwood Wreaths. It loses a bit for doing so and I kinda wished I’d taken time to centre the stripes in the paper, but for when I’m not feeling well, I don’t think it’s too bad?

The card base is an A6 portrait of Real Red, matted with Christmas Around the World DSP. Another pattern of the same paper pack was trimmed to a banner and adhered flat. Rather than sew, a Stitched Shapes square was die cut from Whisper White. The outline candles from Merry Patterns were stamped on it in Basic Black. Using Daffodil Delight ink, the flames were stamped over the top and then Real Red ink was used to stamp the candle patterns, stamping off first for the paler colour of the ones along the back. Old Olive ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the set at the base of the candles before popping the square up on the card front with dimensionals. A bow of Real Red Solid Ribbon was added with a Mini Glue Dot to finish.

On the Whisper White insert, the outline sentiment was stamped in Basic Black. Old Olive was used to overstamp the large lettering and Real Red ink, the follow-on lettering.

Off to nurse myself better.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Masculine Merry Mistletoe Christmas Card

Need a quick and simple masculine Christmas card? This fits the bill!

This simple design uses one of the stamp sets currently on offer at 15% discount in the World Card Making Day celebration (ends today!) and one of the paper packs in our Buy 3 Get 1 Free Offer (ends 31 October).

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black, matted with Garden Green and then Christmas Around the World DSP. A sentiment from Merry Mistletoe was stamped onto a panel of Whisper White card using Basic Black ink. This was matted onto Basic Black card and then popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

Simples!

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment and a motif from the same set were stamped in Basic Black ink.

Don’t miss out on the World Card Making Day savings!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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