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!

Butterfly fun

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love butterflies. In my garden, in my craft room, anywhere I can find them. It’s been like this my entire life. I remember a shirt my dad bought me for my birthday when I was six or seven. the butterfly on the front was filled with an iridescent liquid that would change color from purple to blue to green. If I hadn’t outgrown it, I’d still be wearing it.

I sort of fell in love with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and matching Butterfly Duet punch. The first thing is that there are four butterfly patterns from natural to stained glass. Second, the stamps for the little butterfly and the big butterfly are one stamp and line up perfectly with the punch. Zero waste. And there are extra stamps for shading the wings and adding details. And then Stampin’ Up! added some great bold sentiments. Love. Completely in love with this set. Because of that, I have three cards for you this Thursday. The stamp set and punch are current. Many of the products I used, in addition, are throwbacks.

Garden Butterfly

The first card used the butterflies that look like leaves. Perfect for a flowery card in Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. After I stamped and punched the butterflies, I frosted them with a touch of Frost White shimmer paint.

The card base is retired, but Balmy Blue would be a good choice, perhaps with some monochromatic stamping for visual interest. The next layer is Daffodil Delight with some of my DIY DSP that I colored in with Stampin’ Blends.

I used Balmy Blue for the sentiment and the Tailored Tag punch. Pearls and a bit of retired Daffodil Delight ribbon finished up this card.

Stained Glass Butterflies

The next two cards are notecard sized. Starting with a base of Whisper White, I used retired vellum DSP to compliment the patters on the stamped butterflies. For the first card, I sponged the base with a variety of pink shades including the retired Powder Pink and Berry Burst. Then I layered on the vellum. Coloring in the butterflies is a breeze using the stamps. I didn’t get out my Stamparatus, and they still came out pretty good. The embellishments are a combination of Artisan pearls and enamel dots.

Lastly, I used the Painted Glass stamp set (current in the annual catalog). The Thank You sentiment and medallion are both included in this set. I heat embossed the medallion stamp on a scrap of pink paper (most likely Powder Pink or Pink Pirouette. It’s easily punched out with the 2″ Circle punch. I added some Rose Metallic Thread behind the sentiment and circle. My advice on this thin wire is to use a lot and don’t fuss with it too much. It adds a nice touch of texture and bling.

I colored the vellum and the butterfly using the retired Stampin Blends in Pink Pirouette. A few silver pearls finished this boldly feminine card.

Precious Parcel Throwback

The Precious Parcel card kit was one of the products you could receive in the past Sale-a-bration. I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with the card structure. The colors and images and vintage feel was adorable, but the slider/card construction wasn’t as appealing to me. In my attempts to use what I have in my craft stash, I decided to see if I could come up with a couple of ideas for using the beautiful materials to make alternate cards.

Full-sized card

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral base that I had in my stash (two Sale-a-brations ago and I’m running out of them). I deconstructed one of the cards and used a panel as my second layer. Then I fussy cut out the flower image from one of the slider inserts. I added a paperclip and punched stamp piece from the kit. The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral too. A twine bow and some sparkly enamels finished it off.

One of the keys to creating alternates is to work with the color palette in the kit or preprinted piece you want to repurpose. Then you can scour your stash and pull out items that coordinate and start mixing and matching. Even though most of these pieces came out at different times, they work together because of color compatibility.

Notecard Alternate

The second card I created also used a preprinted base. Starting with a preprinted base speeds up card making. There are two sets in the current catalog, foil-edged cards in silver and gold and also scalloped edged notecards in four colors. I’ll be stocking up on these for future projects.

Again, I fussy cut the image from the slider piece in the card and layered it on with snail adhesive. Then I added to crystal gems. For the sentiment, I used a sticker from one of the old Memories and More kits. These are another accelerator for card making. They include a variety of preprinted layers and stickers or punch pieces that make card making too easy. In fact, this card is done.

I hope this post inspired you to use some things in your craft stash. If the stash is getting thin, check out the new catalog for preprinted stationary to use as card bases and Memories and More packs for a speedy card making.