Inspired by Your Courage Card (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) (10.8 x 14 cm)
Looking for a nature-themed stamp and die set to help you send love to the rugged mountain men in your life? We’ve got you covered with the Greatest Journey Bundle! CASE one (or more) of these fab cards for your next workshop, team meeting, or to frame and hang in your craft space!
BEGINNER To create the Inspired by Your Courage card, stamp the trees in Garden Green ink on a 4-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ (12.4 x 9.5 cm) piece of Basic White Cardstock. (Tip: Stamp off to get lighter tree images to achieve a sense of depth.) Cut the stamped piece into three 1-5/8″ (4.1 cm) panels and adhere them to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Stamp the grass image with Starry Sky ink on a piece of 5/8″ x 3″ (1.6 x 7.6 cm) Basic White Cardstock. Stamp the sentiment on a 3/4″ x 2-3/4″ (1.9 x 7 cm) piece of Basic White Cardstock and adhere it to the card.
CASUAL For the Greif nach den Sternen card, use Designer Series Paper for your 4-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ (12.4 x 9.5 cm) piece, cut it into three 1-5/8″ (4.1 cm) panels, and adhere it to the Starry Sky Cardstock card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Stamp three trees and die cut. Die cut the cloud and moon. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the sentiment on the 3/4″ x 2″ (1.9 X 5.1 cm) Basic White Cardstock piece and adhere to the card.
AVID If you would like to go further and create the Une montagne de mercis card, cut the mountain pattern from Enjoy the Journey Designer Series Paper and adhere it to your card. Die cut the mountain shapes from Shaded Spruce and Garden Green Cardstock, then emboss the Shaded Spruce mountain shape using the Timber 3D Embossing Folder; adhere them to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Cut the hiker in Night of Navy Cardstock and adhere a small piece of Mango Melody Cardstock behind the lantern to make it light up.
Every month we have a new challenge for you—a way to keep you on your toes and stretch your creative muscles. This month, our challenge involves using unique color combinations.
For our Thanks card, we combined Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Starry Sky. Even though this combination has darker, more masculine colors, we wanted to give our project a fun, funky feel. Instead of arranging the two hexagon sizes in a uniformed pattern, we put them on an angle and varied the arrangement of sizes and colors.
For our second card, we combined Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Petal Pink. To make this card feel different, we die cut some Old Olive and Petal Pink 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper to make our leaf and flower shapes. Then we added some Calypso Coral and Old Olive cardstock. We love the pattern that the Designer Series Paper added to the card.
Did you enjoy this creative challenge? Follow us on social media and let us know how your creative challenge turned out! If you post your projects on social media, be sure to use #CreativeChallengeSU. Or, if you’re looking for some inspiration, try searching the hashtag to see what other projects people are making with these unique color combinations! Also, be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook stories—we will post a poll where you can vote for your favorite color combination.
Adding a beautifully textured embossed layer is a sure way to enhance a handmade card. (We used the Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder for this card front.) However, if you’d like to bring even more dimensionality and vintage appeal to your creation, you may want to think about distressing the cardstock.
There are two ways to distress paper. First, you can roughen up the edges of embossed, Basic White Cardstock by opening Paper Snips and dragging the blade across the edge of the cardstock at the right and bottom corners; then, bend in the edges to give the cardstock layer a crumpled, well-loved look. So beautiful!
For the second distressing method, use a Sponge Dauber to add Basic White Stampin’ Ink to the embossed, detailed Brushed Bouquet Dies. After you die cut the images, dab the Sponge Dauber with Basic White ink and softly rub it on the die-cut pieces in a circular motion. This helps soften the ink’s appearance to give it that distressed look.
Try these ideas to “age” and distress paper. It’s a fun technique, and so easy to do!
This week we used the Framed Florets Bundle to CASE the technique of our Rainy Days card. This no-line coloring technique involves taking an image with light, almost invisible lines and coloring it with Stampin’ Blends, which gives the image a softer look. If you like what you see, feel free to CASE this technique in your own projects!
For our card, we began by stamping off the floral image in Crumb Cake ink. To stamp off, we stamped the image once, then, without using more ink, stamped the image again. This created an image with softer lines, which was perfect for this project. Next, we colored the flowers and leaves with Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. We used the light Blends first, let it dry, then added more color to create a medium tone between light and dark.
On our Designer Series Paper card base, we layered a panel using Vellum Basics. Then we die cut an oval frame piece from Vellum and adhered it to the card front with Multipurpose Glue. We used Mossy Meadow to die cut our main oval piece and adhered it with thin pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to create depth. We adhered our colored flower images and a sentiment, and we finished the card with some Solid Faceted Gems in Blushing Bride, which matched our colorful Designer Series Paper.
It’s Paper Pumpkin’s 10-year anniversary and we want to celebrate how much we’ve grown! This month’s kit is all about happy greetings, organic and botanical designs digitally painted by our in-house artists, along with all-occasion sentiments to celebrate the happy moments in life and recognize the people around you who help you grow!
And as part of our anniversary celebration, the March Paper Pumpkin Kit includes a FREE GIFT featuring a plant and pot builder to make all your projects plant-astic!
If you love creating and giving cards, all-occasion cards are most likely an indispensable part of your handmade card rotation. You always need them, which means you can always use a fresh and pretty take on this essential “just because” card category.
We’re here to help! Today we’ll show you how to step up a beginner level, quick-to-make card (perfect for a workshop) to something a little more detailed and fancy—all with our brand-new Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper. This beautifully detailed paper is FREE to you and your customers during our Sale-A-Bration promotion with a $50 USD/$60 CAD purchase.
While this elegant paper was created to coordinate with the Fragrant Flowers Bundle, feel free to show your style and mix and match it with anything you love in the catalog!
CASUAL To create the casual card, die cut the circle from the Designer Series Paper using the Layering Circles Dies. Adhere the circle to the card front. Stamp the “Hello” sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink and die cut it using the Deckled Rectangles Dies.
AVID For this version, spritz Mossy Meadow Cardstock with water, then crinkle and un-crinkle it to achieve a beautiful texture. Let the cardstock dry, then adhere it to the card front. Stamp and fussy cut the flower centerpiece, then color it with Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. Adhere it to the card front with a sprinkling of Solid Faceted Gems.
ARTFULLY AVID To make the most stepped-up project, create a 4″ x 4″ (10.2 x 10.2 cm) box from Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper and embellish the top with crinkled cardstock and flowers fussy cut from Designer Series Paper. Add a Gold ¼” (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon bow and Brushed Metallic Dots for extra elegance.