For someone who used to rarely buy patterned paper I’ve certainly come a long way. It took me a while, but now I love using it on my projects. The fact that the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Stampin’ Up! is a heavier weight, and generally printed on both sides makes it a great investment. Recently I showed you a simple card using a non-floral pattern from the Pansy Petals DSP and I realised I’d been avoiding the flowers. So today I’ve decided to remedy that with with this #simplestamping card.
PANSY PETALS DSP
This project really was all about the Pansy Petals DSP but first I needed a card base. So using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored some Basic White Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next, from the Pansy Petals DSP pack I chose the spotty pattern and cut a piece 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Then I used the DSP to cover the front of the card base, attaching it with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Next I chose a sheet with small floral images on a Soft Sea Foam coloured background. I cut one piece 2-1/4″ x 6″ and glued it to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess with my Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
I cut my second piece of the floral DSP at 1″ x 5-1/4″ and glued it down the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I attached a 1/8″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Evening Evergreen Card up against the left edge of the DSP. With that done I fixed the assembled layer inside the card base.
I cut my final piece of the floral pattern at 2″ x 5-1/2″. Then I mounted it onto a 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Evening Evergreen Card using liquid glue. This added a nice contrasting edge, as well as making the DSP a bit more sturdy. Then I fixed the layers to the front of the card base up against the fold.
Now with DSP and layering all done I was just left with the sentiment piece to do. For that I chose “Happy birthday” from the Pansy Patch Stamp Set and Blackberry Bliss ink.
After stamping the sentiment onto a 7/8″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card, I mounted it onto a 1-1/8″ x 2-3/4″ layer of Evening Evergreen Card. Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the layered sentiment to the card front. At this point I thought I was done, put away all the tools and materials I’d used, and went off for dinner.
This morning when I came back to write my blog post I realised I wasn’t entirely happy with the card. It was nice enough, but just seemed unfinished.
So I went back to the Pansy Petals DSP to find some scraps of the floral pattern. Then using Paper Snips I fussy cut some of the individual leaves, yellow flowers and buds from the scraps. Finally, using small dots of liquid glue I added the fussy cut pieces in two clusters around the sentiment. That was the finishing touch I needed and I was finally content with the design.
I’ve often heard it said that “less is more”, but sometimes more is more, and that’s OK. What do you think?
To see the masculine card I made using a pattern from the Pansy Petals DSP check out this earlier blog post Simple stripes from pansy paper. In the post you’ll also find links to more projects using the same DSP pack.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Pansy Patch Stamp Set with the coordinating Pansy Dies (not used today) using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.