Have you ever wondered how to make handmade cards using patterned paper in an easy way? well today I am going share with you some tips and tricks to help you. Even better you will want to be using that patterned paper you have been hoarding all these years… Yes, I know you have a pile of patterned paper you are collecting and not using.. But believe me you want to use it and share it with your loved ones on each card you send.
Making handmade cards using patterned paper
Making handmade cards can be at times challenging, specially as coming up with ideas can be somewhat a problem. However using patterned paper can help you a lot in your crafting, mainly because majority of the times all paper packs coordinate one way or another.
Stampin’ Up! for instance have patterned paper packs, also called designer series paper (DSP) which coordinate in colors and/or in design elements. For instance sometimes they coordinate the DSP with a suite of products, which is specially best to use when you are struggling with ideas. Mainly because everything coordinates beautifully. When you select a suite you most likely will be able to have a stamp set that coordinates, as well as embellishments, making the designing process much easier and more enjoyable. You can see an example of this on this post, where I made cards using a suite of product, so the paper and the stamp set coordinate.
On other instances you can just go and use as inspiration the designer series paper as inspiration, like I did on the cards you see below. I love doing this for papers where I might not have a whole suite of products available to me, or when I don’t want to invest on the coordinating stamp set. (shocking! I know…😱 😉)
A few tips for designing with paper
When I was designing these cards I wanted to use a stamp set I already have, rather than buying the coordinating stamp set. When you do that, there are a few of things to consider
- Are there images in the patterned paper you can cut out to use as an embellishment
- Can you mix and match patterns on the paper pack that look appealing to you
- Do you have a stamp set that can be easily incorporated. TIP – Sentiment stamps set are usually best as they coordinate with almost everything
- Pick easy sketches that can be used with the designer paper. TIP – the simpler the sketch is, the easier will be to incorporate the patterns
Thinking on these points will help you in the designing process, as you can see which sheets you want to use for your projects. By selecting these sheets, you will be able to come up with the color combo.
The Color Combo, Sketch and other details
Here you will see the color combo of each of the cards shown on this post for your reference, as well as the Sketch I used as inspiration and other details for the card. All cards were created using the Best Dressed designers series paper as well as the Abstract Impressions stamp set.
At the end you will also see the video tutorial, if interested in learning how I made each of the cards.
Handmade Card #1
Color Combo: Purple Posy, Mint Macaroon, Whisper White
For this card, I picked two paper patterns that would go best together, and then looked at sketches that I would like to try. For this particular card I did not have a stamp set that had the same type of flowers, but there were little roses on the patterned paper, so I decided to cut them out. These added a really nice embellishment without too much trouble. Also to add a little bit more, I added a piece of Mint Macaroon ribbon since I realized there was some Mint Macaroon leaves in the patterned paper. This was the trigger for me to add Mint Macaroon to the color combo.
Always look for the colors on the patterned paper, I feel like that always help me to get nice color combinations. this is easy, just look at the colors you have in the patterned and then bring the coordinated card stock to see if you like them together.
To finish off this card, I added a little of Wink of Stella on the roses, this added a nice shimmer look without the mess glitter would generate 😁 so definitely a great idea if you like to have shimmery images.
Handmade Card #2
Color Combo: Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White
Same as with the previous card, I picked two sheets that coordinated well together. In this case I picked colors from the floral pattern to come up with the combo. I knew I wanted to show more of the floral patterned so that was my main element. The second pattern then became more of an embellishment to the card.
As for the stamping, I made a similar look using the flowers and leaves images from the Abstract Impressions stamp set. I used the same colors from the patterned I chose, this make it look very coordinated. To finalize this card I added a little bow using Old Olive linen thread.
Handmade Card #3
Color Combo: Petal Pink, Purple Posy, Pear Pizzas, Gold, Whisper White
For this final card, I did exactly the same as with the previous cards, I paired two designs that look nice together, and then looked for embellishments to compliment it. In this case I used the gold ribbon as it went really well with the yellows on the roses pattern. This pattern was actually the one that inspired me to pick the Abstract impressions stamp set! if you see it closely, there are some circle flowers that reminded me of the same image on the stamp set.
Now did you notice the little white border I added to this card? this is from a new suite that will be available in April, so stay tuned my friend as there will be a release of new products on a few days 😁
The Video Tutorial
As promised, here is the video tutorial to show you how to make handmade cards using patterned paper, on this video you will see step-by-step instructions on how to make the three cards shown above.
Please note that because I show you how to make the three cards in this tutorial, the video is long. So make sure you watch it when you are winding up from your day 🙂
The supply list
Below you will find the supply list for all the cards shown in this post, you can click to any of the images and it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. When you purchase thru my online store you support my online business which helps me to keep bringing more card ideas for you!
Have you ever needed a masculine handmade card perfect to encourage that special person? You want to send him a note to let him know that you care and you are there for him, but don’t have the perfect card. Well my friend, you are in the right place, as today I will show you how to make Three Masculine Handmade Cards perfect for encouragement or Get well for the men in your life!
I particularly struggle with masculine cards as most of the time I love using bright colors and flowers, so I tend not to have them on hand. Therefore most of the times I need a masculine handmade card, I have to make it for that occasion. So this post and the following 2 or three will help you see how you can make masculine handmade cards for encouragement and get well. 😉
Three masculine handmade cards for encouragement or get well
When I started thinking on masculine cards, I looked at my stamps and designer series paper to see what could go well together, and I thought the Back on your feet stamp set from Stampin’ Up! would go perfectly for men, granted you can also use this stamp for your gals 😁 You can see below the cards.
I paired the Back on your feet stamp set with the Country Club designer series paper a.k.a DSP, this paper pack has one side all about golfing, and the other side has designs that can go well for any occasion, there are patters full of color and other that are more neutral, but all go well for masculine handmade cards, so you can understand why I decided to use them together.
All these cards were colored using the stampin’ blends which are alcohol markers, but you could also use watercoloring to color these images. Just remember if you are going to use alcohol markers it is important to use the memento ink pad and if you are watercoloring, then you need to use Stazon. Below you will see the video tutorial where I will show you how to color with the alcohol markers. If you are interested in learning more about how to watercolor in an easy way you can see this post.
The color combo for these cards
As usual I picked the colors for my cards from the designer series paper. I honestly think this is the easiest way to pick color combinations, if you are ever having trouble with this, just pick a patterned paper that you like and then see which colors you like and then used them in your card.
This is where Stampin’ Up! makes it super easy, as all their products color coordinate, so if you see a color in the DSP that you like, you know you can get the cardstock, the ink pad and the embellishments in the same colors. This is what I love the most, as this makes the designing process even easier. You can see another example of how to use your designer series paper for making cars, on that post the cards are about Thinking of you.
For this cards the color combo is the following:
- Night of Navy
- Garden Green
- Poppy Parade
- Crushed Curry
- Basic Black
- Whisper White
Masculine handmade card #1
This card is very simple in the lay out. most of the card front is covered with the designer series paper.
I stamped the giraffe and colored it with the Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede alcohol markers. Then matted this piece with Crushed Curry and Garden Green.
I added the sentiment in a 1 1/2″ circle from Poppy Parade which matched the Ribbon that I added to the card. (see what I mean with the color combination??😉)
Masculine Handmade Card #2
For this second card, I used again a very simple layout using the So Sentimental Dies.
The turtle was colored using Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam alcohol markers, and Flirty Flamingo for the cheeks. I love adding cheeks to the critters, these always make them look even cuter! After coloring then I punched the image using 2 1/4″ circle.
The sentiment was embossed with White embossing powder. Embossing on dark colors cardstock always make the sentiment pop op even more!
Masculine Handmade Card #3
For the last card, I used again the So Sentimental dies. These are becoming my new favorite dies, I have been using them A LOT lately!! You can see Three Birthday cards using these dies as well on this post.
I colored the the Sloth with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate. For the banner under this image, I used the tailored tag punch to cut the ends of the Garden Green Strip. This punch makes it so easy to make perfect banners every time.
The sentiment on this card is embossed as well and then die cut using the So sentimental dies.
Video tutorial with step-by-step instructions
As usual you can watch the video on this section to learn how to make these cards. Please note that this video is for all three cards, and therefore it is a longer video. I show you how to color each of these critters using alcohol markers as well as how to put these handmade cards together. So I would recommend you watch this video when you are winding down from a crazy day and enjoy this video as you would a TV show 😉
The Supply List
I am also including the full supply list below. If you want to get any of these items you can purchase them at my store! It truly helps me when you purchase thru me as it supports my stamping business. I can keep bringing more tutorials and samples to you. 🥰
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Hi there! I am thrilled you stopped by today as I am showing you how to make three easy “Thinking of you” handmade cards for friends. These cards showcase beautifully the Honey bee bundle and the Golden Honey specialty designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! I know you will love making them!
How to make Thinking of you handmade cards for friends
As the title explains, today’s projects is three “thinking of you” handmade cards perfect for your friends. Below you can find more of details about each of the cards. After those little snippets you will find the video tutorial where I will go step by step on how to actually make these cards.
But before we go into how to make these cards, let me explain my process when creating cards in general.
The first thing I always do, is to have the theme in mind. This could be Thank you cards, or Birthday cards, or any other theme. Once you have the theme in mind, then I can see what stamp set would go perfect for the theme I selected.
In this case, I knew I wanted to do Thinking of you handmade cards for friends, a I noticed a sentiment on the Honey Bee stamp set that said thinking of you! so I decided to use this set since it had the sentiment that would go perfect with my theme!
Since I picked the Honey bee bundle, I needed to pick the rest of the elements on my cards, and as you can imagine, I decided to use the Golden Honey Specialty designer series paper, a.k.a. DSP or patterned paper.
This patterned paper coordinates perfectly with the Honey Bee bundle, and the best part is that it is one of the items you get for FREE during sale-a-bration!! how great is that???
If you don’t know about sale-a-bration, please go to the supply list section, where I explain more about this promotion. I will share with you how you can get this DSP for FREE!
Now that I have the stamp set and the patterned paper selected, it’s time to look for the colors and embellishments. The best tip I can share with you, is to pick colors from the designer series paper!
One of the benefits of using Stampin’ Up! is that all of their products are color coordinated. This means the ribbon, the ink, the cardstock and any other element will coordinate perfectly.
For these cards I used mainly:
- Basic Black
- Whisper White
- Daffodil Delight
Thinking of you handmade card #1
For this first thinking of you handmade card I used an easy layout, as shown in the picture.
For the focal point I used the hive image stamped in daffodil delight and two of the bees on this set.
One tip here to make those little bees really black is to stamp them using your stamp positioning tool a.k.a. stamparatus.
I used the stamparatus as I can reink the image and stamp again, knowing it will line up perfectly. If you are curious about this tip, I would recommend watching the video tutorial linked below.
Thinking of you handmade card #2
For the second thinking of you handmade card, I went again with a simple layout however, I added a little dimention on the way I created the focal point.
I die cut the hive from the whisper white paper, and then glue down the negative part of the die cut on top of the hive giving some dimension. But before gluing this down, i have added the honey comb die cut to the back of the whisper white.
This trick gave a lot of dimension to the hive, and it just makes it pop up even more! It is hard to see this on the picture, but believe me, it looks fantastic.
Also note that I colored the DSP using the daffodil delight alcohol marker, a.k.a. stampin’ blends, and this added a lot of life to the card. You can see how the color coordination that I talked before, makes it so easy on the card design.
Thinking of you handmade card #3
This last thinking of you handmade card is as well an easy lay out.
The way I started with this idea, was by picturing the round sentiment on a circle. And from there I came up with the focal point.
Again you can see that I have colored the DSP with daffodil delight alcohol marker on the bees to better coordinate with the whole card.
So now that you have seen all three cards, let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!
If you want to see more card ideas using designer series paper, you can see these birthday cards, or these friendship cards.
Video Tutorial with step-by-step instructions
And as promised, below you can watch the video tutorial where I show you how to make these Thinking of you handmade cards for your friends.
I go step-by-step on how to make these cards, as well as provide measurements for each of the cards.
Please know that this video includes instructions for all three cards, so it is longer than other of my videos. I would recommend watching this during the night when you are winding down.
Also if you are curious, this video was part of my Facebook page – live show, which occurs every Thursday at 7pm CST, so if you have time during the week, it would great if you can join us here.
The Supply list
You can download the full supply list here, or see all the products I used in the Thinking of you handmade cards below.
Also, do you remember the Golden Honey Specialty Designer series paper, I mentioned to be free? Well this is one of the items from Sale-a-bration. Sale-a-bration is the greatest promotion from Stampin’ Up! and it goes from January to March. For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products you get a Free item from the Sale-a-bration offering . There are lots of items that are Free with $50 purchase and a few that are free with a $100 purchase. One thing to note is that there are no limits! The more you purchase the more free items you get! isn’t this great?
Click on the images you are interested, and it will take you to my online store where you will be able to purchase any of this items. When you purchase thru my online store, you support my stamping business! and that in turn helps me keep creating and sharing with you on a regular basis.
I truly appreciate your support! It really means the world to me! 😊😊😊
Are you still making Valentine’s cards? if so, you are in for a treat!!! As today’s Blog hop theme is Love is in the air!
When I saw this month’s theme was all about Valentine’s projects, I got super excited, mainly because I really enjoy making Valentine’s cards. And this year, Stampin’ Up! released an over-the-moon cute suite called “From my Heart”. So if you like pinks and reds and hearts, then you will love playing with this suite.
Anyway, I have been seeing lots and lots of samples for Valentine’s cards using the “From my Heart” suite, and I fell in love when I saw some samples mixing this suite with the Bonanza Buddies bundle. I definitely wanted to give it a try and make my own Valentine’s card mixing these products.
And since I was going bananas with Valentine’s hearts, I decided I wanted to used the “Stitched be mine” dies to complement all the hearts I had in mind for the Valentine’s card I wanted to make.
The cutest Valentine’s card using two of my favorite both suites
See how cute this valentine’s card turned out!!! the designer series paper, a.k.a. DSP or patterned paper, I used was the “From my Heart” DSP, which is actually a specialty one as it has red and pink foil elements on the sheets! You cannot really see it in the picture, but if you watch the video-tutorial at the end of this post, you can appreciate it better.
As usual I followed the color combo from the patterned paper, so in this case it is Real Red, Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White! They really go well together.
For the little Koala I used the Smoky Slate ink for its body and Memento ink for its face. I also added a little heart epoxy droplet that I colored with Cherry Cobbler Dark stampin’ blend a.k.a. alcohol marker, this added a really nice touch on the Koala!!
Finally, I wanted lots of hearts for the background, so I die cut several heart shapes from the “Stitched Be Mine” dies in Real red and Whisper White. I also punched one heart from the DSP using one of the heart punches.
👉 As a tip for you, I usually lay all the hearts out on the card to see how I want them to line up! Once I like how the card looks, I glue the hearts down.
Valentine’s card Video Tutorial
As mentioned before, you can watch the video tutorial to see step by step how I put together this Valentine’s card. I know you will see how easy it is and will want to make lots of this card to send during Valentine’s day.
If you liked this card, make sure you scroll down to the end of this post, where you will see the supply list for this card. Also you will see images you can pin on your favorite pinterest board to remember this card later on.
Blog Hop Line up!
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs participating in the “For the Joy of Sets” blog hop. I am sure you will really enjoy seeing all the projects we made for the “Love is in the air” theme.
Click on the button to go to the next blog, or you can click on the below list to keep visiting the rest of the participants on this hop.
The supply list for this cute Valentine’s card!
And as promised here is the complete list of items I used to make this cute Valentine’s card!
If you click to any of the images, it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items! When you purchase thru me, you help me support my Stampin’ Up! business so I can continue bringing more projects to you 😊
I truly appreciate your support! ❤❤❤
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Do you send Valentine’s cards for your friends and loved ones? if you do, then this post is perfect for you! As I will show you how to make three easy Valentine’s cards that look amazing.
Three Valentine’s cards using From my Heart suite from Stampin’ Up
As I mentioned above, today’s post is to share three easy to make Valentine’s cards, and for these cards I have used the “From my Heart” suite from Stampin’ Up!
This suite is from the Spring Catalog and is filled with lots of products that are perfect for your Valentine’s cards. The “From my Heart” Designer Series Paper a.k.a. DSP or patterned paper is covered in foiled images that will surely help enhance all your projects!
The main colors on this DSP is Flirty Flamingo, Real Red and Whisper White, which go really well with all other products on this collection.
As usual, this suite has a coordinating bundle. This is the Heartfelt Bundle, which consists of one stamp set and two punches that make coordinating hearts! how cute is that?
In addition to these products, this suite also has heart doilies that are super cute! and they look so great when paired with the hear punches included in the heartfelt bundle!
Finally, this suite has as well a real red double stitched satin ribbon that coordinates really well with the DSP.
Over all all the products on this suite coordinate beautifully and they will sure help you create easy and quick Valentine’s cards!
Valentine’s Card #1
This card is made following a very simple lay out. As you can see the DSP is glued following the edge of card base.
I then added a focal point using a piece of whisper white and basic black and then added a heart doily and a set of coordinating hearts.
Please note that the whisper white heart was stamped with real read for the border and flirty flamingo for the sentiment.
Additionally, I wanted an extra sentiment, so I added a banner with the sentiment stamped in basic black.
To make this card pop up a bit more, I added two heart epoxy droplets that I colored using the dark cherry cobbler stampin’ blend a.k.a. alcohol marker. And finally I glue a bow made with the real red double stitched ribbon.
Valentine’s Card #2
The second Valentine’s card is as easy as the first one. I used the DSP to decorate the front of the card but I added a little border in flirty flamingo.
I then added the ribbon in a zigzag pattern and then glue the heart doily on top of the ribbon.
Same as before, I made a coordinating heart using real red and the DSP to go on top of the doily, as well as a sentiment in real read and stamped in basic black.
And to finish this card I added a heart epoxy droplet that I had previously colored with dark cherry cobbler stampin’ blend.
Valentine’s Card #3
The third card is actually a fun fold!! who doesn’t like a fun fold, right? and when it is so easy, it’s even better!
Now I recommend you watch the video tutorial below to see exactly how this card was put together, I promise you, it is super easy to make!
The full video is about 37 min long as I show how to make all three cards on this video, but if you are only interested in seeing how to make this one, go to minute 25 on the video, as at this point is where I go over the instructions of this particular Valentine’s card!
Video Tutorial to learn step-by-step how to make these Valentine’s Cards very easy!
And as usual, here is the video tutorial where I show you how to make these Three cute Valentine’s cards.
This was part of my FB live show that happens every Thursday at 7pm CST on my FB Page. It is usually 30 – 45 min long each Thursday, and I typically show you how to make three projects on that live.
The Supply List for these Valentine’s Cards
And if you loved these cards and want to make them yourself, here is the list of all items used to make these cute Valentine’s cards. The pictures will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. When you purchase thru me, you support my stamping business which in turn helps me keep creating more cards to share with you 😍
I really appreciate you continued support! 😊😉
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Hi there!!! – Here we go again, it’s me participating in the Stampin’ Dreams blog hop for January!! make sure you hop with us as you will get lots of inspiration as you visit all participating blogs!!
I know it seems like lately I am participating in a lot of blog hops, but honestly I have fun at these and I get lots of inspiration when I play with them.
Also being very honest, I have my new resolution for 2020 that I need to step up on my blog and be more consistent with posting my cards in my blog.
Committing to the blog hops keeps my behind on task. It forces me to write even when I don’t feel like doing so to meet the deadline and therefore it helps me with consistency and accountability.
Don’t get me wrong, I create cards on a regular basis, and in fact I share lots and lots of ideas on my Facebook page but I know I can do way better if I share those ideas as well in my blog!! what do you think?
What do you do to keep yourself on track on your NEW YEAR resolutions? for me is commitment with others.. It always force me to do better as I know others are counting on me and I definitely don’t want to let them down.
Blog Hop Theme – CASE a card!
OK, so back to our card project!!! The theme for this blog hop is actually CASE a card. If you are not familiar with this term, let me explain it a bit.
CASE means Copy and Share Everything! To be honest this is my favorite way to design cards! there are so many ways to CASE that I can go on and on for hours, but today I want to share with you one way I design my cards using patterned paper and CASE-ing (is that a word??? 🙄 )
Designing your cards with patterned paper
For my cards today, I want to show you a quick an easy way to come up with your ideas with the CASE method.
First you find an idea for inspiration, in my case I found this Pin on Pinterest.
Then, you see the elements that you like in the idea you are using for inspiration.
In this case, I loved the layout and the fact that it was a card set. I also loved the use of designer series paper (DSP) for the background and the focal point.
Finally, I loved how easy and simple these cards looked. So when I decided this was the idea I wanted to CASE, I created an sketch to follow for my cards.
Below is the sketch that follows the basic elements on the cards from the pin I wanted to CASE.
Please note: I do not add all the elements from the card into the sketch, as you want to have a simple sketch to stretch your creativity, by thinking how you can play with it, how you can change it, or how you can exchange elements.
Having a sketch always helps you to follow a layout for a card. Additionally, it helps you to focus on the products you want to use. I tend to do this a lot, to avoid copying exactly the same design.
You see, when you are watching the original card it sometimes can overwhelm you, thinking you might not have some elements on the collection of items you want to use to replace the ones you see in the card you are casing.
Therefore, having a sketch takes that noise away, as a result you can think of what you have from the collection of products you want to use into your card.
For example, the cards on the pin used linen thread under the circle, and in my case, I did not add this to the sketch. Similarly, you can see that for the sentiment, I added a banner on the sketch, however the cards on the pin do not have banners for the sentiment.
Different sources to help you design your cards
Since we have been talking about getting card ideas for you to CASE, I thought it would be helpful to share a list of sources you can use.
- Old cards you have made in the past
- Stampin’ Up! catalogs (past or current)
- Card magazines
Additionally think of other ways you can CASE, in these cards, I used the layout for inspiration and that is what I copied for my cards. However, you can copy other things when CASE-ing.
The following ideas might be something to consider when designing your cards and CASE-ing.
- Color combos you liked
- Layout – as shown on these cards
- Copy the same card, but change the colors or stamp set
- Rotate the layout – if the card was made horizontal, try to make it vertical
- Make the same card using another patterned paper collection
I am sure these ideas will help you get your mind thinking on other ways you can design cards and make it easy, while getting a lot of sources to get lots of inspiration.
Products used in these cards
In the cards I am showing today, I wanted to focus on the Bird Ballard Suite from Stampin’ Up!, as I adore the designer series paper (DSP) and stamp set included in this collection. I then used the Follow your Art embellishment kit to compliment the cards.
As usual, I looked at the back of the patterned paper pack (DSP) to get the color combo for my cards. This is the number one tip I can give you if you struggle with color combinations. Believe me, it never fails!
For these cards I used the following color combos:
- Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Pool Party
- Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
- Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party
At the end of this post you will see the full supply list of the products used for my cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click at the pictures, and you will be taken to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items. As always I truly appreciate your support, this keeps me motivated in creating and sharing card ideas with you.
Here is the Video tutorial where I show step-by-step on how to make these cards, I go over how I create the sketch from the pin I found in Pinterest and how I go about making decisions on mix and matching the designs from the designer series paper a.k.a. DSP or paper pack collection.
Also, I go over the measurements and colors of the ink and cardstock. As a result you will get lots of information on this video. However, the downside is that the video is around 42 min. Therefore, I recommend you watch this one when you are winding down from your day so you can relax and enjoy it. 😉
Blog hop line-up!
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, make sure you visit the rest of the participant blogs.
Full Supply List of Products
And as promised, you can see below the full supply list of products I used when creating these cards. Thank you so much for your support and for stopping by today!
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