As card crafters, I know that we share one thing in common, even if I don’t know you personally!
I’m referring to the “paper stash,” all of the pretty patterned paper that we save and refuse to cut up, in fear of using that last favorite piece! At Stampin’ Up! we call it DSP, or Designer Series Paper, and every season new papers come out, so it’s easy collect a lot in a short time. The thing is, as an SU! demonstrator, these papers retire quickly and even though I can always use it for my personal work, I can no longer show it for projects that people may want to copy exactly, because it’s no longer available.
However, I am going to show you a card that I made today, using some of my retired DSP and ribbon, precisely so I can encourage you to pull some patterned paper out of your storage. It doesn’t matter if you have the exact same paper or ribbon that I have because the key here is to use this layout idea to make some quick but elegant cards:
I need a few birthday cards this month, so I started with some of this retired DSP with a Jocobean floral pattern. I cut the white cardstock lengthwise, giving me a long, skinny piece 11″ x 4 1/4″ and then I scored and folded it in half. This gives you a slightly different style of card, with the fold on the short side. It can be used either vertically, or horizontally as I did here.
I cut a piece of Marina Mist cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″ to mount on the front, and then I trimmed down the DSP to 5″ x 3 3/4.” Before I attached it to the middle of the blue panel on the front of the card, I cut a 5″ strip of multicolored organdy ribbon and attached it to the back of the DSP with tape on each end, then attached the DSP panel to the front of the card.
I stamped a greeting from the Garden in Bloom photopolymer set (139433) on Whisper White cardstock in Marina Mist ink, then die cut it with one of the Lots of Labels Framelits. I cut another label from that set one size larger, using Marina Mist cardstock. I attached both labels together, punched a hole at one end, then cut another 5″ strip of ribbon to go through the hole and tie around the flat ribbon on the front of the card.
The greeting inside uses one sentiment from the Garden in Bloom set, and another (the Happy Birthday) from the Butterfly Basics photopolymer set (137154.) It’s easy to combine greetings by positioning two photopolymer stamps together on one acrylic block!
Aside from the retired DSP and ribbon, here are the supplies that I used to make my Feeling Special birthday card: