Tasteful Textures – Two for Tuesday

Texture is one of my go-tos for making beautiful cards, so, of course, the In Good Taste suite in the new catalog drew my eye. The suite includes the bundled stamps and dies. The stamp set has a beautiful flower and a nice sized feather along with a spray of leaves. It also has two unique background stamps and four general sentiments. There are ten different dies, perfect for layering and cutting out sentiments. There is also a cool 3-D embossing folder called Tasteful Textile and wood embellishments. But the thing that captured my attention was the beautiful paper: wood textures, tiles, stacked stone, textiles, and paint. A totally versatile suite that will make card making a snap. Let me show you two I did to show off the pieces in this suite and demonstrate how easy it is to shine it up or keep it simple.

Simple Card

For this card, I used Gray Granite for my ink and paper. There is a layer of cardstock under that piece of gorgeous textile paper to give it some structure so I could add the piece of Faux Suede Trim. The trim actually goes on top of the base banner cut with one of the dies and some of the wood grain paper that came in the In Good Taste DSP pack from the suite.

I also die cut the sentiment with a different die from the Tasteful Labels dies. See how well they layer? I dabbed a bit of Gray Granite around the edges to give it more dimension and popped it up on Dimensionals. The feather, from the stamp set, is so easy to fussy cut that it’s almost not fussy. And doesn’t it look great with that handwriting font? For a final touch, I added three of the wood elements which are much less shiny than pearls, but just as festive.

Shiny Card

This card is a similar construction to the one above. It has a base of Whisper White and a layer of Rococo Rose underneath the gorgeous paint effect DSP. But then, I ran a small piece of Rococo Rose through the Embossing folder to add that rich texture.

I stamped the flower in Gray Granite on Rococo Rose paper. After I fussy cut it out, I dapped on a bit of Frost White Shimmer Paint into the center. I also added the paint to two of the wood embellishments. The set is called In Good Taste Elements and it has these sprays, the wood pluses above, a larger leaf and some small hexagons.

I heat embossed the sentiment, a stamp from the suite, on to the DSP, and die cut with one of the label dies. I lifted the flower on Dimensionals so it could “float” over the wood sprays. For a final touch, I added some clear epoxy droplets. This card could do duty as a birthday, thank you, or thinking of you card depending on the inside message.

Very Versailles CASE

I got my hands on the new 2020 Stampin’ Up! catalog and I’m in love with it. There are so many beautiful new products. But today, I’m showcasing one of the lovely stamp sets that debuted in 2019 and is carrying over to 2020. So if you didn’t purchase the Very Versailles stamp set already, good news you have time. And let me tell you, I think this set is such a great value. Three lovely sentiments, script background, a leafy vine, a graphic banner, and an ornate frame. The creative possibilities are endless. I decided the best way to explore this set was to CASE (copy and share everything) the projects featured in the catalogs.

2019 CASE

Inspiration for the card came from the 2019 catalog. It’s very similar, but I switched up the colors. I started with a Gray Granite base that I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle 3-D embossing folder. Nothing is better for a card then starting with great texture.

Next I added a layer of So Saffron card stock. That creamy yellow color just pops against the warm gray. That piece was cut to 3-3/4″x5″ so that I would have a nice big edge around it. After that, I cut a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″x4-3/4″. I used Gray Granite, So Saffron, and Soft Sea Foam inks to create this flowing background of images.

The next layers are all about the sentiment and embellishment. I added a 3/4″ strip of Soft Sea Foam. Above that I added a banner of Gray Granite stamped in the same ink with the script background. It’s the same width as the Soft Sea Foam strip and is popped up on Dimensionals. Before I added the Whisper White background to the So Saffron layer, I used basic white baker’s twine leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit to add a wrap and a bow.

Then, I stamped the frame in Gray Granite and fussy cut it out. It’s on the card with Dimensionals too. The sentiment is stamped in Gray Granite as well. It’s die cut with the smallest Layering Oval. For the final touch, I added two silver metallic pearls. I think this card would work with almost any color combination. Give it a try.

2020 Case

For this card, I deviated a bit more from the project in the new catalog. Not only did I modify the colors and the embellishments, but I also changed the size from a notecard to a full-sized card.

I used a base of Very Vanilla and layered on a piece of Crumb Cake that had been stamped in the matching ink with the frame stamp. I love the details on that stamp. Next, I stamped the leaf spray and the graphic banner in Old Olive on a piece of Very Vanilla. I used second generation on the graphic banner to soften the impact, but it adds a nice detail. I die cut that with the second largest Stitched Nested Labels die.

To add more texture, I used Linen Thread to wrap around the die cut and added a bow. This piece is popped up on the card using Dimensionals. Next, I stamped the frame stamp in Terracotta Tile on Terracotta Tile card stock. I punched that out with a 1-1/2″ circle punch. The sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake on a 3/4″ strip of Very Vanilla. For a final touch, I added three Terracotta Tile faceted gems to fill some of the blank space that resulted from my changing the card size.

The images in the catalog are a great jumping off place to let your creativity fly. My Paper Pumpkin customers will have their catalogs soon. If you need one, contact me.

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.

As you can see, I reuse and use up all of the items from my Paper Pumpkin kits. They are a great way to supplement your craft room stash or get it started. Don’t miss out. Sign up with me.