Cards for beginning cardmakers

Hello! Last time I talked about using designer papers to make quick cards, but as I was doing that, I thought that it is also a good way for beginning cardmakers to make pretty cards with few tools and stamps. The new year Stampin’ Up! catalog year starts June 4th, and while we have a great selection of new papers to look forward to using, those from the current catalog will not continue. This is the case with two fun stamp sets featured above- Free As A Bird, and Dressed to Impress. The stamps will continue to be offered in the next annual catalog but, sadly, the beautiful coordinating papers will no longer be available after this month.

I wanted to make some more cards that leaned heavily on the designer paper, and only used a sentiment stamp. For this card, I used the Bird Ballad designer paper.

This card was made with two pieces of a reversible designer paper, adhered to white cardstock with a thin margin. Tip: the ribbon was actually two pieces, about 5 and 6 inches. The shorter was knotted around the longer, which was adhered to the back of the white card. The sentiment was stamped on coordinating cardstock, trimmed with scissors and glued down.

For this card, I cut a piece of the reversible designer paper into 4 by 5.25 inches, then cut that into two pieces that were 2 by 2 and 7/8 inches, and two that were 2 by 2 and 3/8 inches. I adhered the pieces with glue, starting with the pieces on the left, trying to keep margins even. I finished it with some coordinating ribbon and a sentiment which was punched with a 2-inch circle, and backed by card punched with the Starburst punch- I’m sad that it’s also being discontinued- I love this punch! The sentiment “stack” was raised with foam dimensional dots.

The next card used the paper from the Dressed to Impress suite. So girly!

This time I didn’t leave any margins- I cut all strips 5.5 inches wide, the floral strips are 1 inch and 1.25 inches, and the green is 2 inches high. They were butted against one another, and the sentiment is on white cardstock that was cut with a die, but could easily have been trimmed to a rectangle. I was tempted to add some other embellishments, but I resisted! The sentiment (stamped in the gorgeous Lovely Lipstick color, which is being retired) was again raised with dimensional dots. It isn’t necessary if you don’t have them, but gives a nice dimension to the card.

I hope you enjoy the cards, and as always, if you need supplies or want to browse, click the button above to visit my store. As mentioned, the designer papers some ink colors (the five 2018-2020 InColors), the Starburst punch, and many other items will be discontinued as of June 3rd, and are offered now while supplies last, so if you’ve had your eye on something, don’t wait. I had to stock up on a couple of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping,

Michelle

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Product List

Free As A Bird Cling Stamp Set [149468] $22.00 Dressed To Impress Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [151666] $18.00 Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper [149592] $11.50 Best Dressed 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper [151319] $11.50 Pool Party 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [122924] $8.75
Calypso Coral 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [122925] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Smoky Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [131202] $8.75 Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad [147113] $7.50 Lovely Lipstick Classic Stampin’ Pad [147140] $7.50
¨C10C Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $6.00¨C11C Sweetly Stitched Framelits Dies [147918] $26.00¨C12C 2″ (5.1 Cm) Circle Punch [133782] $18.00¨C13C Starburst Punch [143717] $18.00

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