Anyone who’s followed my blog for a while knows that I like to show the versatility of Stampin’ Up! products. Whether it’s a new use for a die or punch, or a new take on a stamp image. Today I decided to highlight one of the more surprising patterns in the Well Suited 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.
WELL SUITED FLORAL
Many of the patterns in the Well Suited DSP pack are stripes or checks. But this blue floral is a refreshing change that I really wanted to use.
I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Whisper White Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base.
Next I cut three pieces of the floral DSP. The first one I cut 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix it to the card front.
Then I cut a piece of DSP 2-1/4″ x 6″ and glued that to the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Once attached, I used my Paper Snips to trim off the excess using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Finally I cut a 3/4″ x 3-7/8″ strip of DSP and fixed it near the top of a 4′ x 5-1/4″ layer of Whisper White Card. Then I glued this layer inside the card base.
LAYERS OF BLUE
Now I had all the DSP in place I began to think about the layers on the front of the card. Taking my cue from the packaging for the Well Suited DSP I pulled out some Pacific Point and Night Of Navy Card.
In among the scraps I found a couple of strips of card that seemed a good size so that’s what I went with. Then I began to consider the mat layer to go under each one. For the longest time I fiddled with Whisper White pieces but I just didn’t like how they looked. In desperation I grabbed some Seaside Spray Card and immediately things started to make sense.
I decided that the Night of Navy piece was a touch too long so trimmed it down to 7/8″ x 3-5/8″. Then I glued it to a 1″ x 3-3/4″ layer of Seaside Spray Card.
While I was happy with the size of the Pacific Point piece (1″ x 4-1/4″) I thought it needed some texture. So I placed the strip into one of the Greenery Embossing Folders and embossed it. Then I mounted that onto a 1-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ strip of Seaside Spray Card.
It was only at this point that I went looking for a sentiment. In the end I chose a simple “happy birthday” from the sentiment only Here’s A Card Stamp Set. After stamping it onto Thick Whisper White Card with Night Of Navy Ink I punched it out using the Regular Postage Stamp Punch.
Now I thought I was ready to fix my everything to the front of the card but it just seemed too predictable. So off I went to find something that would add a little more interest. I found it in the the Christmas Layers Dies; a large leafy die, and I used to cut some Vellum Cardstock. Finally I was on the home stretch
Using liquid glue I fixed the layered Pacific Point strip onto the DSP background. Then I rested the die-cut vellum piece on top. After putting Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the Night Of Navy strip I used it to secure the vellum in place. Then I finished by using more Stampin’ Dimensionals to add my sentiment.
Oh my goodness at one point I thought I wasn’t going to like this project. But that piece of die-cut vellum really turned it around for me. What do you think?
For another project using the Well Suited DSP see my earlier blog post Dressed to impress paisley style.
BUNDLE BONUS – I got the Regular Postage Stamp Punch in a bundle with the Posted For You Stamp Set (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. You see I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option. The Regular Postage Stamp Punch also coordinates with the Snailed It Stamp Set and the Sale-A-Bration Host stamp set Punch Party.
CHRISTMAS LAYERS DIES – in case you were wondering, all the dies in the Christmas Layers set fit through the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.