Hello! Welcome to the Inky Friends Blog Hop where each of the hop participants has identified a Stampin' Up! item that they are "Thankful For...". I'm sharing my thankfulness for Stampin' Up!'s wonderful Designer Series Paper. To see the lineup of awesome Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in the hop, click here. All of the stops on the hop are linked in a circle. If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Cindy's blog where she is sharing her thankfulness for AquaPainters. If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you're arriving from Sharleen's blog where she's sharing her thankfulness for the Making Everyday Bright stamp set.
One of the best features of Stampin' Up!'s line of products is the color coordination. This means that for a specific Stampin' Up! color, that color is the same whether you are looking at ink (Classic Stampin' Pads, Stampin' Blends, watercolor pencils, Stampin' Write Markers, etc.), cardstock, embellishments (ribbons, Stampin' Emboss powder, button, brads, etc.), or Designer Series Paper. For Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper, they take this color coordination a step further by ensuring that the designs and prints used in a specific package of Designer Series Paper coordinate for the group of colors used together in the paper pack. For me, this is an awesome thing. I just let the colors in the paper determine the colors I want to feature when I use that piece of paper to make a card, gift bag, tag, or scrapbook page. I call this "letting the paper do the work". To illustrate, let's look at the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper. The colors used for the prints in this amazing package of paper are: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White. Recently, I wanted to feature this paper and the coordinating stamp set, Rooted In Nature, for a stamp club project to demonstrate a technique using Stampin' Write Markers. Here's the card I designed.
However, I quickly realized that I with only two sheets of each print in the package of Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, I had to come up with a couple of alternate versions of the card. So I created a second card using the same color grouping of Garden Green, Old Olive, and Soft Suede.
Since the first card featured a leaf print on the Designer Series Paper, I mimicked that by adding a randomly stamped leaf (using Soft Suede ink) on the wood grain paper used for this card. But I still didn't have enough for all the folks in my Stamp Clubs. So I created a third version of the card; but this time I had to adjust the colors.
The colors for this card are Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede. But it's still a leaf print and it's still the same tree image used and it's still the same markering technique. The paper is "doing the work".
So, here's how these cards were made:
- The card front of the card base (Garden Green for the first two cards or Tranquil Tide for the third card) was embossed with the Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
- The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock
- Two pieces of Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon were folded in half with the loops extending beyond the top left edge of the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede panel. The ribbon ends were adhered behind the panel using Scotch tape. The panel was then adhered to the card front with the top, right, and bottom edges of the panel 1/4" from the top, right, and bottom edges of the card front
- For the first two cards, the leafy area of the tall tree image (Rooted In Nature stamp set) was covered with Old Olive ink using the side of the brush tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. For the third card, Tranquil Tide ink was used
- For the first two cards, Garden Green ink using the side of the brush tip of the Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker was applied to random areas of the leafy area and along the straight line at the bottom of the tree trunk. For the third card, Shaded Spruce ink was used
- Soft Suede ink using the side of the brush tip of the Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker was applied to the trunk areas running through the center of the leafy areas and to the tree trunk. Note that the brush tip of the Soft Suede marker will pick up the green inks already on the stamp surface and carry them along the tree trunk. This is OK. In fact, it's great because tree trunks are generally a mixture of browns and greens. To remove any remaining green ink on the brush tip, just squiggle the brush tip on a scrap piece of paper until it shows only Soft Suede
- Huff on the stamp image to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla. Mat the Very Vanilla with a slightly larger piece of Garden Green (for the first two cards) or Tranquil Tide (for the third card) to create the focal point. Adhere the focal point to the Designer Series Paper with the left edge of the focal point 3/8" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and 5/8" from the top and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper
- For the first two cards, use the side of the brush tip to ink the Be Strong (Soft Suede) Be Happy (Old Olive) Be You (Garden Green) image. Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla. Using Paper Snips, cut each rectangle and adhere near the bottom right of the focal point using Foam Adhesive Strips. For the third card, use Soft Suede (Be Strong), Tranquil Tide (Be Happy), and Shaded Spruce (Be You)
The inside sentiment area of the first two cards was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. The "You Are Wonderful" image was stamped at the upper center using Soft Suede ink. The tree image, colored with Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers (using the same process used for the focal point) was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner (with part of the left side of the tree stamped off the side of the liner to leave more room to write).
For the first two cards, the tree image was colored with the Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write markers (using the same process used for the focal point) and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.
The inside sentiment area and envelope of the third card is the same as the first two cards except that the tree is colored with Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede markers.
Card Measurements --
Garden Green/Tranquil Tide: 4-1/4" x 11"; Soft Suede: 3-1/8" x 5-1/8"; Very Vanilla: 2-1/4" x 3-3/4", 1-5/8" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper: 3-1/2" x 5", Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon: 2 @ 2-1/2"
Another example of the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper in action are these cards designed for a blog hop in August. The papers used feature the colors of: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink.
You can see that just like in the cards above, the Designer Series Paper is "doing the work". This time the colors in the paper determined the colors I used for the accents around the greeting: Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink for the card on the left, and Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, and Petal Pink for the card on the right. I have to say that I would never have come up with these color combinations on my own, but they are just yummy! For more information about how these cards were made, click here.
Supplies I used to make these cards --
Stamps: Rooted In Nature; Inks: Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers: Regals (Garden Green, Old Olive), Neutrals (Soft Suede), 2017-2019 In Color (Tranquil Tide); Cardstock: Garden Green, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Nature's Poem; Embellishments: Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Foam Adhesive Strips; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope