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20 days of paper projects – day 16

Today is Day 16 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). This time we’re using scraps of paper for paper piecing a design in the foreground and a larger panel for our background.

Paper piecing is a great way to use your outline stamps and any scraps of paper you may have – a little goes a long way. And as an added bonus, the colours in your paper can give you a colour combo to use for the rest of the card.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Soft Sky. After adding a panel of Painted Autumn DSP to a mat of Garden Green card, the exposed edges of the card were run through the Big Shot with the Quilt Top embossing folder before adhering the layers direct to the card front. Stitched Shapes framelits were used to die cut two different size ovals from Whisper White card. The elegant lady from the Beautiful You set was stamped once onto the larger oval with Black Memento ink and again onto Painted Autumn DSP. The dress and the hat were fussy cut from the DSP and adhered in place over  the stamped image on the oval. Stampin’ Blends (coming on 1 November) were used to colour the skin and the inside of the hat. Using Garden Green ink, a birthday sentiment was stamped onto the smaller oval. Both ovals were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, two more sentiments from the set were stamped in Garden Green ink and a small strip of Painted Autumn DSP was added to the bottom of the insert.

Have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

20 days of paper projects – day 15

Wow, we’re round to Day 15 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short) – three-quarters of the way there. Today we’re transforming a striped patterned paper with washi tape.

I love striped papers because they’re so versatile. We’ve transformed this one with washi tape but you could easily use those white stripes for repeat stamping a sentiment onto instead.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Real Red. The striped paper from the Christmas Around the World DSP pack is actually vertical (or horizontal stripes and so was first cut across at an angle before trimming to card front size, creating diagonal stripes. Two different tapes from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape pack were alternately laid across the white stripes and wrapped around the edges before adhering the paper direct to the card front. Using Real Red ink, a sentiment from Merry Mistletoe was stamped onto Whisper White card. This was matted first onto Real Red card and then Gold Foil before popping the layers up on the card from with dimensionals. To finish a star shaped Stitched Felt Embellishment was adhered to the corner of the sentiment mat with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

On the Whisper White insert another sentiment and a mistletoe bough and bow were stamped with Real Red ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

20 days of paper projects – day 14

Today is Day 14 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). This time our patterned paper  is cut at an angle to create a focal point for the card.

You can vary how much of the card is filled by the paper – here we covered approximately half in order to leave a little room for the stamped flowers, without crowding them.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pool Party. A panel of Whole Lot Of Lovely DSP was measured and marked at the same point on each long edge and a (light) pencil line drawn down the centre before cutting the paper from each measured mark to the same centreline point. (Tip – if you make the pencil marks on the reverse of the paper you don’t need to erase them). This angled panel was then matted onto Tranquil Tide card with just the angled edges revealed. These layers were adhered to a card front layer of Whisper White card. Using Tranquil Tide ink, a sentiment from Number of Years was stamped below the angle and the leaves were stamped in the bottom right corner after first stamping off, for a lighter shade. Powder Pink ink (at full strength) was used to add the flowers to the leaves. Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon was wrapped around the layers before adhering them direct to the card front and a bow of the same ribbon was added with a Mini Glue Dot.

On the Whisper White insert, more leaves and flowers were added, as for the card front but allowing a little more to show.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

20 days of paper projects – day 12

We’re around to Day 12 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using scraps of paper to make a background for a plain sentiment.

The stamp set we’ve used, Butterfly Basics, is quite a feminine set but by taking just the sentiment and setting it against the Wood Textures DSP background, we’ve given it quite a masculine look.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Crumb Cake, matted with Early Espresso. A card front layer (we used Crumb Cake but any colour will do provided it won’t contrast too strongly with the papers you choose) was covered with Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet and strips of Wood Textures DSP were arranged over it in a herringbone style pattern. This layer was adhered direct to the card front. Using Early Espresso ink, a sentiment from Butterfly Basics was stamped onto Very Vanilla card and then die cut out with a square Stitched Shapes framelit. A larger square Stitched Shape framelit was die cut from Early Espresso card and the sentiment was popped up on the darker square with dimensionals and then bot onto the card front with more dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla insert, another sentiment from the set was stamped in Early Espresso ink and a motif from the set was stamped after first stamping off for a paler look.

Our Designer Series Paper Sale is still on – you get one pack free when  you buy three others (pay for this Wood Textures pack which is only £9 and you can choose to get a more expensive one for free!).

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

20 days of paper projects – day 10

Day 10 means we’re half way through our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using a drape fold to show both sides of our pretty patterned paper and then topping it off with a bow.

 

The card base is an A6 portrait of Night of Navy. A 4″ x  9-7/8″ piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP was scored along the long edge at 1-1/2″, 2-1/2″, 4-1/2″, 5-1/2″, 7-1/2″ and 8-1/2″. A pencil mark was made 1″ down the short edge of the paper and then it was cut diagonally from the pencil line to the bottom of the farthest scoreline as shown below.

The paper was pleated and then adhered to a card front layer of Peekaboo Peach. Using Night of Navy ink, a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped above the paper. A narrow strip of the reverse pattern of DSP was added the top of the folded paper, before adhering the layer direct to the card front. The Bow Builder was used to punch pieces from the same reverse pattern of paper and once assembled, it was adhered direct to the front of the card.

On the Whisper White insert another sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Night of Navy ink. A sentiment balloon and string were stamped at full strength and then the spotty balloon was stamped over the top after first stamping off for a paler shade. A strip of the reverse side of DSP was adhered below.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.