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Inky Friends Design Challenge #6 -- Happy Birthday To You

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Welcome to Inky Friends Design Challenge #6.  Every 4th Friday of the month a new design challenge is posted.  This time around we are working with a color combination from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on page 63 using the colors of Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo.  

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When you look at the photo from the catalog, you'll see that none of the cards shown use all of the colors--they only use one or two of the colors.  So I decided to challenge myself to use all of the challenge colors in one card.  With bright and happy colors like Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo, a birthday card seemed to be just the thing to make.

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A piece of Watercolor Paper was spritzed with water and then Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Melon Mambo ink was washed over the top, middle, and bottom third of the Watercolor Paper and allowed to dry.  [Tip:  The wash for each color was made of 2 drops of reinker to 4 drops of water and then spread over the Watercolor Paper with a wet Aquapainter.  Using more water will dilute the color and using less water will deepen the color.]

Once the Watercolor Paper has dried, the medallion Pattern Party Decorative Mask was placed over the Watercolor Paper and Shimmery White Embossing Paste smoothed over the mask and Watercolor Paper using the Palette Knives.  [Tip:  I use the Silicone Craft Sheet as a base when working with embossing paste as the paste will not stick to the surface of the craft sheet.  It is important to work quickly with embossing paste as it begins drying as soon as it has contact with air.  Therefore, as soon as the paste is in place, remove the mask and rinse off the mask, palette knife and craft sheet IMMEDIATELY.]  Set the Watercolor Paper aside to allow the embossing paste to dry completely.  Depending upon the thickness of the paste, this can take between 10-30 minutes.

Adhesive Sheets were adhered to three pieces of Basic Black cardstock.  The adhesive side of the cardstock was placed on the cutting plate of the Big Shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlits on top of the cardstock.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot.  This process was repeated for the two remaining pieces of cardstock.  The adhesive sheet was removed from the back of one of the die cuts and the die cut adhered on top of one of the remaining two die cuts.  The adhesive sheet was removed from the back of the remaining single die cut and the die cut adhered to the top of the two adhered die cuts.  The adhesive sheet was removed from the stack of die cuts and the stacked die cuts adhered at a jaunty angle across the top two thirds of the Watercolor Paper.

A length of Whisper White Sheer Ribbon was wrapped around the Watercolor Paper at an angle below the die cut and tied in a bow at the center.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed behind the knot of the bow to hold the ribbon in place.

The classic label image from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The "to you" image was stamped inside the label image at the left side of the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The label was punched with the Classic Label punch and the left side of the label adhered along the right side of the Watercolor Paper using Mini Glue Dots with the bottom edge of the label 1" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper.  The remainder of the label was cut flush with the right edge of the Watercolor Paper using Paper Snips.

The Watercolor Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhered at the center of the Thick Whisper White card front.

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The dotted balloon image was stamped on a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The outline portion of the Hooray balloon image was inked with the brush tip of the Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker and stamped over the dotted balloon image.  The balloon was punched with the smaller balloon of the Balloon Bouquet punch.  This process was repeated with Crushed Curry ink and Stampin' Write Marker for a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock and for Melon Mambo ink and Stampin' Write Marker for a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock.  The straight line image was stamped three times near the left center using Memento Tuxedo Black ink to create the strings for the balloons.  The balloons were adhered over the strings.

The classic label image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The "celebrate" image was stamped in the left side of the label image using Melon Mambo ink.  The "you" of the "to you" image was inked with Melon Mambo ink and stamped at the right side of the label.  The label was punched with the Classic Label punch and adhered at the center to anchor the balloon strings.

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The medallion mask was placed over the left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  [Note:  A scrap piece of paper was placed along the right edge of the mask to prevent ink from straying to the non-masked area of the envelope front.]  Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Melon Mambo inks were sponged onto the envelope front through the mask to mimic the watercolor wash on the card front.  

The 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and 2018 Occasions Catalog are coming to an end and the excitement is building for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog as more and more samples are posted on Pinterest, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator blogs, and other on-line forums.  However, there's still time to take advantage of the discounts on select retiring items from the two catalogs and to purchase the bundles at a 10% discount.  Most of the bundle items are continuing to the next Annual catalog; however, for those that do the bundle discount will be going away as there will be great new bundles for you to discover.  The Happy Birthday Gorgeous/Happy Birthday Thinlits bundle featured in this blog post is a great example.

So, are you inspired to create with this color combination??  I hope so!  And when you do, please share your creation with the Inky Friends!  Each challenge will run for two weeks and at the end we'll pick a winning project.  Here's how it works:

  1. Every 4th Friday of the month a new sketch can be found on the Inky Friends blog by clicking HERE
  2. Because this is a color challenge, the colors you must use are Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo (you can use compatible colors and add neutrals as needed)
  3. Create something new that has not been posted before
  4. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery and please provide a link back to our challenge to the Inky Friends blog – provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky which you can find at the END of our Inky Friends blog post
  5. YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO PLAY ALONG – then the challenge will be closed and WE PICK A WINNER – it could be you!

I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Card Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Basic Black:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3 @ 3" x 3-1/2"; Bermuda Bay:  2" x 3"; Crushed Curry:  2" x 3"; Melon Mambo:  2" x 3"; Whisper White:  2 @ 1" x 3"; Watercolor Paper:  3-3/4" x 5"; Whisper White Sheer Ribbon:  24"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black; Reinkers:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo; Stampin' Write Markers:  Brights (Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo), Regals (Crushed Curry); Cardstock:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments:  Whisper White Sheer Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Adhesive Sheets; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Sponges, Aquapainters, Silicone Craft Sheet, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Classic Label punch, Balloon Bouquet punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Happy Birthday Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Inky Friends Design Challenge #5 -- Sharing Sweet Thoughts

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Welcome to Inky Friends Design Challenge #5.  Every 4th Friday of the month a new design challenge is posted.  This time around we are working with a design sketch from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on page 85 (lower right corner).  

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One of the cutest stamp sets in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is found on the inside back page of the catalog; the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.  It's this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, so the added benefit is that a portion of the sale of every stamp set goes to this great charity that supports sick children and their families.  I thought that a jar filled with butterflies would make a great focal point for this sketch challenge.

SharingSweetThoughts_ButterflyJar

This card begins with a card base of Garden Green cardstock.  A piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock and adhered at the center of the card front.  A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest die (2-7/8" x 4-3/4") of the Lots of Labels Framelits and then embossed with the Big Shot using the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.  This piece was adhered at the center of the card front using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

The jar image was stamped on a piece of Window Sheets using Staz-On Jet Black ink and then die cut with the Big Shot using the large jar from the Everyday Jars Framelits.  The jar image was also stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The grass image was stamped twice near the bottom of the jar using Garden Green ink.  The branch image was stamped at an angle from the right bottom of the jar to the middle left side of the jar using Soft Suede ink.  The three butterfly image was stamped inside the jar above the branch image.  The branch image and butterflies were colored with the Blender Pen and the following ink colors:

  • Branch:  Soft Suede
  • Leaves:  Wild Wasabi with a touch of Garden Green for shading
  • Butterflies:  Tangerine Tango for the wing edges and dots; Daffodil Delight for the remainder of the wings; Basic Black Archival for the butterfly bodies

The jar was die cut with the Big Shot using the large jar from the Everyday Jars Framelits.  The jar die cut from the Window Sheets was adhered on top of the jar die cut from Whisper White cardstock using Mini Glue Dots placed at the top of the jar.

The dotted top jar lid was stamped on Silver Foil Sheets using Staz-On Jet Black ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the jar lid die from the Everyday Jars Framelits.  A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was die cut with the Big Shot using the jar handle die.  The jar lid was adhered to the top of the jar using Mini Glue Dots.  The jar handle was adhered behind the jar lid area of the Whisper White cardstock jar using Mini Glue Dots.  The completed jar was adhered at the upper center of the embossed Soft Suede cardstock at the center of the card front using Mulitpurpose Liquid adhesive.

The "Sharing sweet thoughts" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  A piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the banner frame thinlit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  (Don't get rid of the banner inside the frame--you'll need that for the liner.)  The banner frame was adhered over the Daffodil Delight cardstock with the stamped sentiment using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  Trim away the Daffodil Delight cardstock extending beyond the outside edges of the banner frame using Paper Snips.  The banner was adhered to the card front over the bottom area of the jar using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The three butterfly image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The butterflies were colored with the Blender Pen using the same colors used for the butterflies inside the jar.  The butterflies were cut out with Paper Snips.  One of the butterflies was adhered above the jar inside the jar handle using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (hold onto the remaining two butterflies for the liner).

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The Tangerine Tango banner (the inside of the banner frame for the card front) was stamped with the "Always here for you" sentiment using Basic Black Archival ink.  The banner was adhered at the upper center of the liner.  The colored butterflies left over from the card front were adhered at the upper right and lower left corners of the banner using Mini Glue Dots.

A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  A strip of Tangerine Tango cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of the embossed cardstock using Mulitpurpose Liquid adhesive and the two pieces adhered along the bottom of the liner using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive with the left, bottom, and right sides of the two pieces flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.

SharingSweetThoughts_ButterflyJar_Envelope

The three butterflies image was randomly stamped over the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Basic Black Archival ink.  [Tip:  Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the stamping is confined only to the envelope flap.]  The butterflies were colored with the Blender Pen and the colors identified above.

As a head's up, the following items used to make this card are on the Retiring Items List:  Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, Tangerine Tango cardstock and Classic ink, Basic Black Archival ink, Wild Wasabi Classic ink, and the Lots of Labels Framelits for the Big Shot.  Unfortunately, the Lots of Labels Framelits are already sold out.  To purchase the Retiring Items that are still available, click on the Order Online button at the top of right sidebar of this blog page.

The good news is that the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Staz-On Jet Black ink will be available with the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  Hooray!  

Are you inspired to create with this fun sketch??  I hope so!  And when you do, please share your creation with the Inky Friends!  Each challenge will run for two weeks and at the end we'll pick a winning project.  Here's how it works:

  1. Every 4th Friday of the month a new sketch can be found on the Inky Friends blog by clicking HERE
  2. Because this is a sketch challenge, you must follow the posted sketch; however, you can choose to change the orientation of the sketch
  3. Create something new that has not been posted before
  4. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery and please provide a link back to our challenge to the Inky Friends blog – provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky which you can find at the END of our Inky Friends blog post
  5. YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO PLAY ALONG – then the challenge will be closed and WE PICK A WINNER – it could be you!

I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Card Measurements -- 

Daffodil Delight:  1" x 3-1/2"; Garden Green:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Soft Suede:  3" x 5", 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 4"; Tangerine Tango:  1" x 3-1/2", 3/8" x 4"; Whisper White:  2 @ 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  1" x 2", 2" x 2"; Window Sheets:  2" x 3"; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack:  3-3/4" x 5"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Sharing Sweet Thoughts; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Staz-On Jet Black (Retired); Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Window Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures Stack; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Lots of Labels Framelits, Everyday Jars Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Truly Tailored -- You're A Fox

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Inky Friends Love It Live It Share It Blog Hop in February where we featured stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  I chose the Truly Tailored stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of my favorite gift packaging tools for small gift items is the Gift Bag Punch Board.  The punch board is quick and easy to use and the finished bag gives you a fun platform for creativity.

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This project begins with a piece of True Gentleman Designer Series Paper cut to 7-1/4" x 10" to create a Small Gift Bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board; including punching the holes at the top of the bag for the ribbon closure.  Tear & Tape Adhesive was used to adhere the side tab and bottom flap of the gift bag.  Now it's time to decorate the bag.  For this bag, I wanted to create a flap closure that is secured with the ribbon.

A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was cut to 2-1/2" x 5" and scored at 1-3/4" along the 5" length.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to create a double row border along the top and bottom edges of the cardstock using the triangles images and Chocolate Chip ink.  The cardstock was trimmed along the triangle edges closest to the top and bottom edges of the cardstock and thin strips of Night of Navy cardstock adhered behind the trimmed edges.  [I did not have my Stamparatus at the time I made this gift bag.  This process is a million times easier when you use the Stamparatus and just move the plate down one slot along the hinged edge.  Just saying...]

Fold the cardstock at the score line and then open to lay flat.  The larger area to one side of the fold is the front of the gift bag and the smaller area is the back of the gift bag.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to stamp the double row of triangles near the score line using Chocolate Chip ink so that the triangles are along the fold line for the larger area (the front of the gift bag), 

With the unstamped side of the bag flap visible and laying flat, pinch the top of the bag closed (which will line up the holes along the top of the bag) and place the top of the bag near the fold line.  [Note that the bag will be slightly wider than the cardstock.)  Using a pencil, trace the two holes onto the cardstock for the area that will be at the front of the bag and punch out the holes with a handheld circle punch (I used the 1/4" handheld circle punch which is Retired).  Repeat the process for the area that will be at the back of the bag.  Fold the cardstock over the top of the bag and thread Tranquil Tide Finely Woven ribbon through the holes of the cardstock and the bag from the back of the bag to the front of the bag and tie the ribbon in a knot on the front of the bag.  This is what the back of the bag will look like. 

TrulyTailored_YoureAFox_Back

To finish the front of the bag, wrap some Gold Metallic Thread around the width of your palm about 5 times (approximately 45") and then adhere at the center of the front part of the bag flap using a Mini Glue Dot.

Stamp the "You're A Fox" image on Very Vanilla cardstock using Tranquil Tide ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  Punch a piece of Night of Navy cardstock with the Tailored Tag punch and adhere the stamped piece at the center of the punched cardstock.  Adhere at the center of the front part of the bag flap using Stampin' Dimensionals.

There are some Retiring items used for this project:  Truly Tailored stamp set, True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, Tranquil Tide Finely Woven ribbon, and the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  You'll want to order these items soon before they are gone forever.

My last three posts have showcased many of the items in the True Gentleman Suite of products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  You'll see even more fun ideas when you check in with the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Truly Tailored stamp set beginning tomorrow morning (Monday, 4/23/18).

Project Measurements -- 

True Gentleman Designer Series Paper:  7-1/4" x 10"; Very Vanilla:  2" x 3", 2-1/2" x 5" scored at 1-3/4" along the 5" length; Night of Navy:  2 @ 1/2" x 2-1/2", 2" x 3"; Tranquil Tide Finely Woven ribbon:  11"; Gold Metallic Thread:  45"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to create this project -- 

Stamps:  Truly Tailored; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Tranquil Tide; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  True Gentleman; Embellishments:  Tranquil Tide Finely Woven ribbon, Gold Metallic Thread; Adhesives:  Tear & Tape, SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Gift Bag Punch Board, Stamp-a-ma-jig; Other:  1/4" handheld circle punch (Retired)


Truly Tailored -- Wishing You A Dapper Day

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Inky Friends Love It Live It Share It Blog Hop in February where we featured stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  I chose the Truly Tailored stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

When I first saw the Tailored Tag punch, I immediately thought of using it with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper to create an inlaid wood pattern.  I think that this pattern is the perfect background for a masculine card with a bright birthday wish.

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To create the background, I punched 17 pieces from assorted sheets of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack using the Tailored Tag punch, ensuring that the wood grain is consistent from punch to punch.  This means that the wood grain should be either vertical or horizontal for all of the punched pieces.  For this background, the wood grain runs along the widest part of the punch.  Since this punch has a symmetrical shape, the edges will butt up snugly together.  

Cover a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with adhesive and then place the first punched piece of paper on the cardstock.  Then add the next punched piece so that two short ends are next to each other.  Then add the next punched piece so that the diamond part of the punched piece points to the "seam" between the two short ends of the first two pieces.  Continue adding the punched pieces until the Very Vanilla cardstock is completely covered.  Note that the punched pieces on the outer edges will extend beyond the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Flip the Very Vanilla cardstock over and use Paper Snips to trim along the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock to trim off the excess punched paper pieces so that the punched paper pieces are flush with the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock.

Die cut a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock with the Big Shot using the Lots of Labels Framelits (2-1/8" x 3-1/2").  Create a hole at the rounded end at the right and left sides of the die cut using the 1/8" handheld circle punch.  Thread a piece of Copper Trim through each of the holes, adhere the die cut at the center of the background, and then adhere the ends of the Copper Trim behind the right and left ends of the background piece.  Mat the background piece with a slightly larger piece of Copper Foil Sheets and then adhere the background pieces at the center of the card front.  The card base is created from Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Swipe the Embossing Buddy over a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Using Versamark ink, stamp the "Wishing You A Dapper Day" greeting on the Very Vanilla cardstock, cover with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder tapping the excess back into the container, and melting the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.  Die cut the greeting using the Big Shot and the Lots of Labels Framelits (1-3/4" x 2-7/8").  Adhere the greeting at the center of the Chocolate Chip die cut using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

TrulyTailored_DapperDay_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Embossing Buddy was swiped over the cardstock and the bow tie image was stamped along the top and bottom edges of the liner using Versamark ink.  The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess powder tapped back into the container, and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The "Hoping Your Birthday Is As Grand As You!" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Chocolate Chip ink.

TrulyTailored_DapperDay_Envelope

The bow tie image was stamped in rows across the flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Chocolate Chip ink.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the bow ties are stamped only on the envelope flap.]

Please note that the following items used to create this card are on the Retiring Lists:  Truly Tailored stamp set (Occasions Catalog), Lots of Labels Framelits (Annual Catalog), and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink (Annual Catalog).  If these items are on your Wish List, then now is the time to order them before they are gone forever.  Just click on the Order Online button at the top of the right sidebar to order these items from my online store.

Card Measurements -- 

Chocolate Chip:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 2-1/2" x 4"; Very Vanilla:  2" x 3", 3-3/4" x 5", 4" x 5-1/4"; Copper Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4"; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper:  17 @ 2" x 3"; Copper Trim:  2 @ 4" 

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Truly Tailored; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Versamark; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Tailored Tag punch, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Truly Tailored -- Lookin' Sharp

Hello!

Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Inky Friends Love It Live It Share It Blog Hop in February where we featured stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  I chose the Truly Tailored stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the things that drew me to the True Gentleman Suite in the Occasions Catalog was the deep, rich colors and clean, crisp patterns in the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper.  Add that to the fun images in the stamp set, and you have a winner!  Then I sat down to create and I felt a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out where to start.  That happens, sometimes, so I went to my go-to card design to get my mojo back.

The great thing about working with a Stampin' Up! product suite is that you know that everything in the suite will be color coordinated.  For this card, I chose the stamp image I wanted to use from the Truly Tailored stamp set, found a coordinating sheet of paper from the Truly Gentleman Designer Series Paper, picked a coordinating embellishment, and I was ready to go.

TrulyTailored_LookinSharp

This card begins with a card base of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock.  Two pieces of True Gentleman Designer Series Paper were cut to 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" (the top piece) and 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" (the bottom piece) and placed on mat of Night of Navy cardstock (4" x 5-1/4").  The top piece of Designer Series Paper was adhered to the mat with the left, top, and right edges of the Designer Series Paper 1/8" from the left, top, and right edges of the mat.  The bottom piece of Designer Series Paper was adhered to the mat with the left, bottom, and right edges of the Designer Series Paper 1/8" from the left, bottom, and right edges of the mat.  A piece of Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon was wrapped around the mat and tied in a knot over the seam between the top and bottom pieces of Designer Series Paper.  The mat was adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Lookin' Sharp" image, from the Truly Tailored stamp set, was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Night of Navy ink.  The image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered at the center of a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock punched with the Tailored Tag punch.  The focal point was adhered at the center of the top piece of Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Dimensionals.

TrulyTailored_LookinSharp_Inside

The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with the "Today is Your Day Celebrate in Style" sentiment at the upper center using Night of Navy ink.  The arrow symbol was stamped at the left and right side of the sentiment, so that the arrows "point" toward the sentiment, using Tranquil Tide ink.

TrulyTailored_LookinSharp_Envelope

The "Lookin' Sharp" stamp image was stamped at the center of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope flap using Night of Navy ink.

This card design is so quick and easy that you can make a stack of cards in no time at all.  That's why it's my go-to design.  

As a reminder, the Retiring Lists for the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and the 2018 Occasions Catalog have been released.  The Truly Tailored stamp set and the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper are on the retiring list, so now is the time to purchase these items.  You can find them in my online store by clicking on the Order Online button at the top right of this blog page.

Card Measurements -- 

Night of Navy:  4" x 5-1/4"; Tranquil Tide:  2" x 3"; Thick Very Vanilla:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  2" x 3"; True Gentleman Designer Series Paper:  2-1/2" x 3-3/4", 2-3/4" x 3-3/4"; Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon:  14"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Truly Tailored; Inks:  Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Thick Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  True Gentleman; Embellishments:  Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Tailored Tag punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope