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Kaleidoscope Card with Fancy Phrases

A Kaleidoscope card technique using the Fancy Phrases stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I saw a Kaleidoscope card for the first time on the Splitcoast Stampers site. As soon as I did, I knew I had to try it. This is my first attempt. Overall it was easier to create the kaleidoscope, but I think I would have picked a denser part of the stamp for my image if I tried it again.

How to Kaleidoscope

The card is a basic base of Terracotta Tile paper with a 3-3/4″ square of Daffodil Delight. Now comes the fun part. I used a 4″ square of Basic White paper and used a 1-7/8″ square die to cut a square out of more or less the middle. You will want to use a die for this technique, so if you don’t have the Layering Squares dies, get them before they retire this month. I then cut three more squares from a different piece of white paper.

Next, I placed my template, the four-inch square with a hole in it, in my Stamparatus and secured it with the magnets. I placed one of my die cuts in the hole. It fits perfectly, as it should. Next, I selected a portion of the large floral stamp from the Fancy Phrases set to put on the square. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have chosen so much of the edge of the image and more of the floral piece of the image, but it’s good either way. So I stamped that square, then I swapped out the squares and stamped each one. Because the template aligns the die-cut and the Stamparatus stamps in the exact same place every time, I have four identical squares.

The hard part is over. I colored in the images using my Stampin’ Blends in Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Seaside Spray. I used Terracotta Tile ink to stamp a sentiment from the same stamp set and punched it out with the Timeless Label punch. It’s lifted on Dimensionals. I had to add a little something, and I had some retired Calypso Coral ribbon. And that’s it. If you try the Kaleidoscope technique, I’d love to hear how it went for you and see your project. Until next time: Ink up!

Sketch for Scraps and Coloring

Sketch based greeting card that uses a coloring book page and DSP tied together with a color scheme.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was spectacular. I love spending time with my family, and I was able to see a dear friend I haven’t seen in person in over a year. It doesn’t get better than that. Speaking of not seeing friends and family, this card is a design I’m using for some cards I’m donating to Operation Gratitude. You may recall that my Paper Pumpkin craft group makes Christmas Cards for this organization. This card is more of an all-occasion card someone could use to write back home.

The Scraps and Coloring Collide in a Card

I started this card with a sketch and the idea that I could use one of my Japanese coloring book pages as the primary patterned paper. Do you color? It’s relaxing, but I’m left with these gorgeous pages I’m not sure what to do with. The cherry blossoms inspired the color scheme and helped me tie together the pieces and parts of the sketch.

First, I used a Crumb Cake base. Then I layered on my piece of coloring book. Next, I took several scraps in the theme colors of soft brown and pink and also floral for the layers. The base is a 2.5″ circle, then a 2.5″ square. Only the edges of the square peek out in this layout. The next layer is a 1″x4″ strip. I used the Beautiful World DSP scrap that I had in my stash. The final layer is a 1.25″x4″ strip of DSP in Rococo Rose.

The tag was part of the Everything is Rosy product medley. Yes, I still have pieces of that in my stash. The metallic edge gave a touch of sparkle. If I hadn’t had that, I could have heat embossed the sentiment for the same effect. The sentiment is from the Waterfront stamp set that is retiring in a few days. Isn’t it great?

Lastly, I added two punched flowers with a sequin in the center. I’m hoping the sequins hold up better than rhinestones and pearls in the shipping process.

I enjoyed using the beautiful coloring page in this card. I know it is truly one of a kind. See what’s in your creativity cave and take some time to “Ink up!”

Saying Goodbye to the 2019-2021 In-Colors

Retiring In-Colors with Pinewood Planks embossed tag with Floral Essence Flower from Stampin' Up!

It’s bittersweet when Stampin’ Up! releases a new catalog. I adore seeing the new colors added to the Stampin’ Up! palette, but I have to say goodbye to colors I love. This little tag celebrates two of the In-Colors that are leaving: Seaside Spray and Purple Posy. I paired these two with Gray Granite for a weathered soft vibe that I think works really well with the silver accents in the sentiment and the metallic trim ribbon.

The In-Colors Tag

This tag also features several retiring products, Floral Essence (stamp set and punch) for the flowers, leaves, and sentiment, Scalloped Tag punch, and Pinewood Planks embossing folder. I’ve never met an embossing folder I didn’t love because TEXTURE! But this one is particularly nice.

To make this tag, I started with a 2″x5-1/2″ strip of Seaside Spray. Next, I embossed it, punched the top with the Scalloped Tag punch, and rounded the bottom corners with the Detailed Trip punch. Then I stamped Purple Posy in Gray Granite ink. This flower needs two images punched out and layered together. I used my bone folder to add a touch of curl to the petals. The leaves are stamped in Gray Granite on Gray Granite card stock. The sentiment is heat embossed in silver and punched with the Everyday Label punch. I put the flower on Dimensionals. And lastly, I added the Metallic trim ribbon and a few Epoxy droplets.

This would be a great gift tag for someone special. If you’d like to get your hands on these fantastic products before they’re gone, use my April shopping code or contact me with questions.

Happy crafting!