When I started making cards I didn’t understand why people added layers. It really seemed like an unnecessary cost. But as time passed I realised even the simplest layers added interest. That’s why I love Stampin’ Up!s commitment to colour coordination, it makes everything much easier. For example, when designing this card using the Rhino Ready Stamp Set I found a simple background design to match the ink colour. So if you’re looking for 2023-2025 In Color backgrounds, check out the Fresh As A Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.
This gender neutral birthday card was one I made during my recent ’24 cards in 24 hours’ marathon. I decided right away that the sitting rhino from the Rhino Ready Stamp Set would be my coordinating feature.
I began by cutting two pieces of Basic White Card, one 4″ x 5-1/4″ and the other 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″. Then in the bottom right-hand corner of each I stamped the rhino using Pebbled Path ink. I also stamped him on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope.
To colour the rhinos I kept it really simple, using just the light and dark Pebbled Path Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. Then I scribbled some light Pebbled Path beneath each rhino so they no longer looked like they were floating in midair.
TIP: Stampin’ Blends are designed to saturate the card/paper, so before colouring on my envelope I slipped a piece of scrap paper inside it. That way the excess ink is caught on the scrap paper rather than leaking through to the back.
With the colouring complete I chose the “happy birthday” sentiment from the Curved Occasions Stamp Set. Then using Pebbled Path ink I stamped it over the head of the rhino on the smaller Basic White layer.
For my A2 card base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Pebbled Path Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next, from the Fresh As A Daisy 12″ x 12″ DSP pack I found the sheet with the abstract brushstroke pattern in Pebbled Path. I cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece and using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) covered the front of my card base. On the inside of the card I then glued the larger of the two Basic White layers.
That just left the smaller piece with the sentiment.
So next I cut a 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″ piece of Basic Black Card and glued the sentiment layer on top. Then I cut some White 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon and wrapped it around the assembled layers 3/16″ from the left-hand edge. After securing the ribbon on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive I added the layers to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my card was complete.
Even if you can’t see yourself using all the floral patterns in the Fresh As A Daisy DSP pack, if you’re a fan of the 2023-2025 In Colors it’s well worth a second look for the simpler designs on the back of each sheet.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Curved Occasions Stamp Set and coordinating Curved Label Punch (not used today) are available individually. However if you want both make sure to order them using the single ‘bundle’ item number. That way you’ll save 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVES – The Rhino Ready Stamp Set and White Glittered Organdy Ribbon are part of the Stampin’ Up! Online Exclusives range. These items are subject to availability and may be discontinued without warning. More products will be added to the Online Exclusives range on November 6th (early Christmas gift anyone?). For a sneak peek of some of these new items check out my latest Online Exclusives flyer.