Right now I’m having lots of fun exploring Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper (DSP). Yesterday I created a fun gift bag in a suit and tie design using the In Good Taste DSP. As I assembled the project I thought about how taste in clothes and other things changes over time. This was never more apparent than when I saw the paisley pattern in the new Well Suited DSP. Once upon a time I really disliked paisley, but this pattern, I love. It made me want to pair it with a sentiment from the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set for today’s project.
It was the paisley pattern that inspired my project and I took my colour scheme from that.
First I made a card base using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Basic Gray Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I needed to cut three pieces of the paisley paper. The first piece was cut 2-1/4″ x 6″ and attached to the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then with Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess using the edge of the flap as a guide.
To decorate the inside of the card I cut a 3/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of DSP and glued that to a 7/8″ x 3-7/8″ strip of Basic Black Card. Then I fixed it near the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Whisper White Card. With that done I glued the assembled layer inside my Basic Gray card base.
All I needed now was the main panel for the front of the card. So I cut a piece of DSP 3-3/4″ x 5″ and glued it to a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ layer of Basic Black Card.
DRESSED TO IMPRESS
It was time to work on the finishing touches and I began by choosing some ribbon. From my stash I decided on the Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon to add a subtle shine.
Instead of struggling with a bow I simply wrapped the ribbon around the main panel and secured it on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then I fixed the assembled layers to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I’d already chosen my sentiment from the Dressed to Impress Stamp Set and initially planned to stamp using black ink on white card. But that was what I often do. Instead I decided to reverse the colours.
So using VersaMark ink I stamped “Kindness is always in style” onto some Basic Black Card. Next I sprinkled the sticky ink with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Then after removing a few stray specks I melted the rest of the powder using my Heat Tool on 2 (high).
To finish I punched out the sentiment with the Label Me Lovely Punch. Then I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and fixed the sentiment to the front of the card. My project was completed in no time at all.
I have to say that I’m really happy with how this card turned out. The paisley patterned paper is the perfect backdrop for the bold white on black sentiment. What do you think?
For more projects using the Dressed To Impress Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts:
Now I’m going to get another coffee while keeping one eye on the driveway. I have new Stampin’ Up! products due to be delivered today and I can’t wait to play.