Black and White Sketch

I’m inspired by the Paper Players again this week. They have a beautiful sketch for their current challenge, PP447, and it helped me solidify the plans I had for a black and white card. I’m still using that 8.5×11″ stamped Whisper White cardstock. This time, I left the images plain.

The Paper Players Sketch

This sketch has great balance and can be kept simple or embellished quite easily with the addition of die cuts or layered sentiments. With just three elements, the background, the panel, and the sentiment, it is easy to create a gorgeous card in a matter of minutes. Because the elements are simple, the measurements can be kept standard too. By offsetting the panel to the right third of the card, it automatically makes the card more interesting to the eye and it’s more forgiving if the placement isn’t perfect as would be required with a symmetrical design. Let me show you what I whipped up for this sketch challenge.

My Card

I used a black and white theme for this card. I started with a base of Whisper White and added on a 4×5-1/4″ layer of black and white gingham DSP. This is from the last Sale-a-Bration catalog. Any small graphic pattern would work, such as dots or any of the Background stamps in the current catalog.

Next I cut a 2″ strip of my hand-stamped DSP that I made last week using a stamp from a recent Paper Pumpkin and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I mounted it on a 2-1/4″ strip of basic black. Both pieces are 5-1/2″ long. I used white and black bakers twine to tie a bow around the bottom third of the panel. The assembly is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This is heat embossed in white on a scrap strip of Basic Black about 1/2″ wide. I mounted that with Dimensional as well.

Thanks to the Paper Players for a fantastic sketch. I hope you’re inspired to make a card using this layout.

Strong & Beautiful – Two for Tuesday

The Strong & Beautiful stamp set was a must buy for me. I am so blessed to be surrounded by strong, beautiful women. The set has a dozen sentiments that are perfect for sending cards to my amazing friends and family. I’m using two of those sentiments as the focal points for my cards featuring the Pretty Peacock In-Color paired with So Saffron.

Diamonds

The diamond card starts with a base of So Saffron cardstock. On top of that, I layered a piece of the In Color DSP on another piece of So Saffron. The new patterns for this year are wonderful and you get 40 – 6×6″ sheets in a pack. A wonderful value. Below that, I added some of my hand colored DIY DSP. I used a stamp from the Hugs from Shelli (see last Tuesday’s post for details). I used the new Stampin Blends, So Saffron and Pretty Peacock for my coloring. With both pieces of DSP on the So Saffron 4-1/8x 5-3/8″ cardstock, I was able to easily wrap the Pretty Peacock velvet ribbon. This was a remainder from a Paper Pumpkin kit. If you don’ have it there is an Old Olive/Pretty Peacock ribbon in the catalog that would be a beautiful substitute. The entire assembly is mounted to the base with Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I considered using Pretty Peacock, but I liked the addition of the black ink for this card. The sentiment and the So Saffron shape beneath it were cut out using the Nested Label dies. I have a feeling these are going to be very useful in my craft room. A lot like my Ovals and other Stitched Shapes. I mounted that assembly to the card with Dimensionals and added a couple of rhinestones. Simple and elegant.

Pearls

The next card is almost a duplicate of the first card. The card has a horizontal orientation and I used a different pattern from the In-Color DSP. I accented the card with some of the last of my Artisan pearls from last year’s catalog. But as I’ve shared before, don’t forget you can customize the Basic Pearls with the Stampin’ Blends.

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Rococo Roses

Rococo Rose is a beautiful dusty mauve color that goes beautifully with almost every other color in the Stampin’ Up! palette. Not only did SU put it out in ink and paper, but there are a set of Stampin’ Blends in the new Annual Catalog. Working with Blends is a little intimidating at first. I know I wondered “what if I do it wrong.” Well, I can tell you, there is no wrong. Just add layers and blend. That’s what I did to make my own “DSP”.

Making My Own DSP

I started with a blank 8.5 x 11″ piece of Whisper White. Then I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp a flower image all over it. I moved the stamp in every direction and had it fall off the edge of the paper, I filled it in completely. The stamp I used was from the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin, but use what you have or try the new Free as a Bird set. It has very similar flower images.

Next, I cut the paper into four pieces, each one 5.5 x 4.25″. Then I started coloring. The first piece I did with Rococo Rose and Mint Macaron Blends. This gave me a beautiful piece of designer paper to work with. I easily made two cards with it.

Two Cards – First Card – A Note of Friendship

I used Rococo Rose paper as my card bases. Then I trimmed my custom paper. I cut the long side first so that I could use the strip to decorate the inside of my card. Coloring was hard work and I didn’t want to waste a quarter-inch.

Using the Free as a Bird Bundle that comes with the stamp set and the nested dies in the 2019 Annual Catalog, I stamped the birds on a branch on Whisper White using Memento ink and colored in with Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, and Rococo Rose Blends. When I cut out the image with the Nested die I realized it was going to cover up a lot of my hard work. So, I cut out the next smallest size of the Nested dies right out of the middle of the paper. Card number two just became a thing.

I layered the colored paper onto the card base with snail. The birds were added with Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the same set. Then I added a few pink gems left over from last years catalog. Don’t forget you can also use Blends to color your rhinestones and make your own matching embellishments.

Second Card – Happy Birthday

For the next card, I embossed a 5.25 x 4″ piece of Whisper White with the Lace embossing folder. I layered that onto the Rococo Rose base. I added a Whisper White twine bow and adhered the duo with Dimensionals.

Next, I added a banner and sentiment, stamped in Rococo Rose, from the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin. I felt like it still needed something and I could have used the same Paper Pumpkin stamp and leaves, but I didn’t feel like fussy cutting, so I got out my Painted Seasons stamps and matching dies to add a Rococo Rose flower and Mint Macaron leaves.

Simple, gorgeous and I got to play with the new In-Color in all its varieties. Also, I have three more stamped panels of flowers. Expect to see more cards from this experimental effort. I hope you’re playing with your craft stash and making beautiful cards to share with your loved ones.