Throwback Thursday Texture Tips and Techniques

Fortunate to Know You Birthday Card

Fortunate to Know You fun fold card with stamping techniques to create visual interest and tips on creating your own DSP and card layouts.

This stamp set, Fortunate to Know You, is an oldie but a goodie. The layout is one I’ve used before— get the details here. I’m sharing this card to showcase a couple of techniques or tips for you to try with your stamp sets.

The Stamping

The first thing is the color combo. It’s a little more interesting than a traditional monochromatic card because I’ve paired Real Red, a bold color, with neutrals like Crumb Cake, Smokey Slate, and wood grain in the chopsticks.

Next, I used tone on tone stamping to create my own DSP or visual texture with the fortune cookie stamp. A couple of tips when you do this. Rotate the stamp so you don’t get a row of identical images in the same direction. Also, stamp off the edge of your paper. This cuts the image off and adds interest. The eye reads it as part of a larger sheet of stamped paper, and it becomes wallpaper instead of stamped images that require the viewer’s eye to focus, which means texture instead of a focal point. You don’t want the background to compete with your focal point.

The third thing I’d invite you to try is stamping on your DSP. For the chopsticks, I stamped the image on woodgrain DSP and cut them out with scissors (fussy cut). The stamp is just an outline image, so by stamping on something that has a pattern, I made it more interesting with zero work. For the take-out box, I added interest by coloring in select spots with Stampin’ Blends. I used Smokey Slate for the handle, a little bit of Ivory for the shadows on the corners, and Real Red for the Heart.

The Layout

The last thing is the arrangement of the focal point. The chopsticks, sentiment, and red rhinestones are laid out in a triangle. This draws the eye around the card. The viewer takes in the DSP’s texture, the stamped pieces, but their eye is focused on the main images. Also, notice that the pieces are connected. The chopsticks are laid across the box in line with the handle. And the sentiment is tucked under the box and touched by the chopsticks. That keeps the layout from feeling busy or disjoint. These pieces connect to form one focal point.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and techniques and you try it with your stamp sets. Happy crafting!

Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Time has snuck away from me again and I have been slacking on my posts here. I’ve been crafting up a storm making cards for The100DayProject on Instagram. It’s been a lot of fun but between that and some other life, I got distracted from sharing here. I’m going to fix that over the next few days! Or at least I hope I will. This brings me to the February Paper Pumpkin. I kind of fell in love with this kit. The colors, the embellishments – it’s just gorgeous. These are the cards as designed, but of course, I have some alternates.

Fun Fold Birthday

This card uses a half sheet of Just Jade paper as the base. Cut down the length at 4-1/4″ and score the long side at 5-1/2″. Then from one end cut 3″ off. This gives you a 4-1/4″x3″ piece that you’re going to adhere to the remaining short flap in a horizontal direction. But not yet. First, you’re going to add DSP. I used Flower and Field from the recent Saleabration. I cut one piece 4″x 5-1/4″, that goes on the inside of the card so that it faces the short panel. Then I cut a piece 2-1/4″x4″ That goes along the short flap. I used the base of one of the cards in the kit to decorate my “floating” panel. This is cut 4″x2-3/4″. Cut the same size piece of white card for inside the card, it’s hiding behind the floating panel. When you glue your floating panel to the short flap, be careful to only add adhesive to the part of the panel that will overlap the flap, otherwise, you’ll glue your card shut and that’s not near as much fun.

Gatefold Fun Fold

We’ve done gate folds before, this one starts with a base of Merry Merlot. Score the ends of your half sheet of paper so that you end up with two panels that are 2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″. You’ll need a piece of white card cut 4″x5-1/4″ for the inside of the card. For the two panels, I used one of the bases in the kit and cut the panels 2″x5-3/8″

Next, I used one of the doilies in the kit and cut it more or less in half. They’re irregular, so it’s not going to be perfect. I adhered them over the panels, but I added a length of the linen thread to each side tucked under the doily halves. Why? Well, my big complaint with gatefold cards is that they don’t stay shut. I could make a belly band, but I wanted to try something new. This card actually ties closed.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Touch of Ink Saleabration set and added a flower from the kit.

Bonus cards

And here are three more cards that I created with the set recently. I left my messy desk in the picture because crafting, like life, is sometimes messy and that’s okay. I hope you get some time, I hope you give yourself permission to run a little late, get a little messy, and make something beautiful you can share with the world.

Happy crafting.

Beary Comforting Paper Pumpkin Cards

I think I lost a month somewhere this year already. But that’s okay because I’m here now. And I have some cards for you. The December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit had a bear theme. So adorable. The cards as designed were perfect for celebrating birthdays or sending healing thoughts. Quick and simple, they came together easily which is exactly what I needed after the holidays.

But of course, I had to do at least one alternative for you. This is a card I’ve been wanting to make for a while. My upline sent me something similar months and months ago and I hung on to that card waiting for the opportunity to CASE it. Finally! I had the perfect opportunity.

Tabletop Easel

This is what the card looks like “flat” ready to mail. You can see the creases/cuts and get an idea of where this is going. I don’t know that the name of this style is “tabletop easel” but that’s what I’m calling it. Comment if you know the real name.

Staring with a base of Rich Razzelberry card stock, I scored the front of the card 3/4″ from the edge and 3/4″ from the fold line. Then I cut apart one of the card bases in the kit. Save the back half of the card for another project. Cut the front of the card so that you have a 3/4″ strip from either edge. Glue the pieces to the front of your card base.

Time to decorate. I stamped the sentiment on prepunched circle form the kit and added it to the card using Dimensionals. I used mini-gluedots to adhere the heart to the prepunched raccoon. I added that piece to the card on the front 3/4″ strip only using Stampin Seal + so it wouldn’t fall off.

Here is what the card looks like in “easel” mode. The Get well soon sentiment is up on Dimensionals so the fold has an anchor to hold it in place. Underneath the tabletop part of the card is a 5-1/4″x 2-1/2″ piece of white card stock so that I can write in a personal message. Let me know if you try this cool fun fold.

I hope you are well and finding time to get crafty.