Want to Make a Delightful & Delicious Hand Made Card?
Need a card for a coffee loving woman? I do, and I hope that you do too – I'm willing to bet that you have a friend that is a coffee lover.
Over the last week, I think I consumed my body weight in coffee, along with a lot of other women from the show I went to. After getting home at 1 am from the airport, when the alarm clock went off at OMG Early (that time exists in ALL time zones) my first thought was coffee.
And then more coffee.
Then more coffee.
So no big surprise that my first project of the day has coffee on it – I have coffee on the brain! And what gets my creative juices flowing like polka dots? Nothing! The patterned paper I chose is a very muted pattern, the polka dots aren't a stark, crisp white. But they aren't “aged” or really distressed. (After spending a lot of time watching Tim Holtz this weekend, you could never call this patterned paper distressed!)
This pattern is from the Fresh Prints paper stack from the new Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up!
I LOVE paper stacks if they meet the following:
- Sturdy paper
- Big Enough to cover a card front
And this paper does all three of those. BUT, let's talk about it…
If you are used to paper stacks from Stampin' Up, and fell in love with them when they first came out – and you loved all the patterns and selection and then you ordered from the last holiday catalog, you might have been a little confused. The holiday catalog stack didn't have that many different patterns (only 4) – which was perfect in my mind for mass producing your Christmas Cards. And I am guessing that is why they did it, I have no idea, but that is my guess.
If your first paper stack was from the holiday catalog and that is what you are expecting from this stack, look again. This Fresh Prints stack has 48 sheets with 12 double sided designs, giving you four of each sheet. Not ideal for mass producing the same card, but with it being big enough to cover a card front, you can crank out 48 cards, which fits better for me this time of year.
For the next part of the card, I wanted a soft pink, cuz I love me some brown and pink together!!! I used Blushing Bride card stock and a new embossing folder – the new Scallops embossing folder.
Look at the scallops on it, when you use it with a lighter color card stock, it won't be as harsh a pattern. Mixing patterns can be fun and scary at times. For this card I used both polka dots and scallops. But the scallops weren't my first choice. This layer of the card started with Chevrons, but they were too bold, and didn't fit in with the theme of the card.
For the stamps, I went with the Delightful & Delicious stamp set from Verve. This gave me both the sentiment and the cutie-patootie coffee cup too.
After the sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake ink, it was time to audition some die cuts. I grabbed my bucket of framelits and nothing was just right. It was like the Three Bears and Goldilocks. This one was too big, this one was too small… what's a paper crafter to do in this situation? Go back to the basics!
I have a hard time remembering my well loved punches after the framelits and such came on the scene. Dust off your punches if you need to – I won't tell :).
This is the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.
Then the coffee cup was stamped in Blushing Bride ink and hand cut out (the entire time I was cutting, I kept thinking back to the new Scan ‘n' Cut from Brother that I am massively crushing on right now!).
A dimensional behind the coffee cup adds depth for your card. And some rhinestones finish it off.
Normally I would do the inside of the card, but I ran out of coffee and the idea of cutting out another coffee cup this morning was just not happening!
So let's recap this card:
- Cut your card base (Whisper White was used here) to 4-1/4″ x 11″, then score it at 5-1/2″
- Cut your patterned paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″ (this is the Fresh Prints patterned paper).
- Dry emboss a 2″ x 4″ piece of Blushing Bride card stock (Scallops Embossing Folder used here).
- Stamp your sentiment in Crumb Cake ink.
- Punch it out using your 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, adhere it to your card front.
- Stamp your coffee cup in Blushing Bride ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut it out.
- Add your coffee cup with Dimensionals (double sided foam adhesive).
- Finish with Rhinestone Jewels.
- Write on the inside, pop it into the mail and be prepared to delight your friend!!!
Can you think of someone that needs this card? With this paper stack, you can make four of them in no time!
So now what? Today is a full day of making projects for Stamping Family! My head is spinning with the ideas that I am putting in there this week! Ever feel like if you don't get an idea out of your head it is going to explode? That's exactly what I am feeling right now.
We are diving further into water coloring this week, plus a new advanced card, and a new card in the popular series called Step It Up, where we take a very simple card and step it up, step it up more, and step it up more!
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If you needed to make a card for a coffee loving friend, my hope is that this Delightful & Delicious hand made card idea does the trick for you!