Tasteful Touches of Texture Note Card

Note card featuring Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches stamp set and dies and the In Good Taste designer series paper that is full of texture

Today, the card I have for you is an ode to the lovely collection of paper in the In Good Taste suite. If you follow me at all, you know I love texture. Visual interest adds so much richness and depth to a card. And this paper makes it so easy.

Starting with a base of Very Vanilla, I added the paper that looks like reclaimed wood planks as my base layer. Then I added three strips of 3/4″ pieces on the diagonal: a wood grain, a tweed, and the pattern that reminds me of a man’s sweater.

Next, I added another layer of Very Vanilla, this time with the paper that has that vanilla nubby texture. I’m telling you—so much texture! I cut the shapes for the multi-layered sentiment using the dies that came in the suite. Those dies are going to see a workout in my craft room long after they retire (not this year). The shapes are fantastic for sentiments and stack so well. I stamped the sentiment from Enjoy the Moment in Early Espresso.

Lastly, I stamped the flower from the Tasteful Touches set on Very Vanilla using Early Espresso. I added a touch of Rococo Rose with the Stamp n’ Blends right in the center. That’s a small taste of the patterns in this set of DSP. It’s a must-have.

I hope you’re finding ways to add visual interest to your cards with texture. If not, give it a try. I have some tips on my Textures page. Until next time, happy crafting!

Beautiful World Sketch

It’s time for another sketch challenge. The Paper Players have a new layout on their blog, and I decided to play along. I’m working with the World of Good suite. This suite is retiring in a month, so if you love it as much as I do, order it now. I used the stamps, dies, embossing folder, DSP, trim, and embellishments from the suite for this card. Yep, I love it.

The Card

I started with this layout for Sketch Challenge PP534. You can click on the picture to see the designers’ examples and all of the other gorgeous entries to this challenge. Sketch challenges are great because you can use what you’ve got.

For my card, I started with a base of Misty Moonlight. The next layer is Very Vanilla embossed with the Old World Paper 3-D folder. I inked up the folder with Cinnamon Cider before I ran the paper through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. I have fallen in love with this tool that folds up so well and gives such an even impression.

Next, I added two lengths of Faux Suede trim with Antiqued slides. It reminds me of the straps on a suitcase. And boy, do I miss traveling!

For the two columns, I cut two pieces of Cinnamon Cider card to 1-1/8″ x 4″ and layered on World of Good Specialty DSP cut to 1″x3-7/8″. Then I die cut the globe base out of foil paper.

The globe is a second generation of Cinnamon Cider, so I stamped it on scrap paper and then stamped my piece of Very Vanilla without re-inking. On top of that, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. The columns and the globe are lifted on Dimensionals.

I always enjoy playing along with The Paper Players. I hope you find creative inspiration this weekend. Happy crafting.

Dragonfly Dreams

You know you love crafting when you dream about the cards you can make. This is one of those cards. I had been experimenting with using ink on my acrylic blocks to make interesting backgrounds. Starting with a couple of drops of Bumblebee, I smeared it on my big block using an aqua painter. I “stamped” it onto white card stock. I repeated the process with So Saffron, trying to fill the gaps in the original transfer. Then I left it overnight.

And had a dream.

The next morning, I sponged Soft Suede on the edges and over the blank spaces of the paper. Then I stamped the flowers from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. Next, I added that to a layer of Soft Suede paper along with some faux suede trim and some Antique embellishments: the buckle and the four corners. For the base, I used Very Vanilla.

The Dragonfly

The dragonfly received special treatment. Using the Stamparatus, I stamped the image in Soft Suede. Then I stamped over it with Versamark only on the wings. To perfectly line up the second stamping, you must use a stamp positioning tool like the Stamparatus. Instead of embossing powder, I sprinkled the image with Heat n’ Stick powder and melted it with my heat tool. Lastly, I added gold leafing. If you zoom in, you will see how the fine lines in the wings are lightly gilded. I punched this image out using the dual dragonfly punch included in the bundle.

The sentiment is from the Art Gallery stamp set.

I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your craft supplies and create something you’ve dreamed of. Happy crafting.