You Mean the World to Me

Today, I’m excited to share a quick-and-easy AND fun-to-make card I made with one of Stampin’ Up!’s new Valentine’s Day stamp sets, Love You More (available to order now).  Before I share the card, though, I want to thank Sandy Mathis for selecting my White-on-White card as this week’s Headliner at The Paper Players.  Woo hoo!  There were so many gorgeous white-on-white cards this week, and I am truly honored to have been selected as her favorite.  If you missed my card when I shared it earlier this week, click here

Now that we got that out of the way…here’s my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color Selection.  For the background stripes in the background of this card, I chose three soft and beautiful colors – Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I chose Wild Wasabi for the base of the card and the image in the center of the card for one reason – I needed a color dark enough to allow the image to be seen on the front panel.  Pointer:  Crisp Cantaloupe is a perfect accent for a Valentine’s Day card for a boy because it’s a nod to pink without being pink.
  • Creating a striped background.  To create this background of striped card stock, I cut a piece of cardstock the size I wanted.  I then cut strips of card stock (3/4″ width each), tucking each strip tightly next to the other.  Rather than put the glue on the back of the strips, I added glue directly to the card stock base (saves having glue all over your workspace).  After each strip was added, I flipped the base over and snipped off the overhanging pieces.
  • Bordered in White.  I really enjoy a Whisper White border around pieces of colored card stock.  Not only did I include a small border around the striped centerpiece, but I added a small border around the sentiment (that’s already bordered with Wild Wasabi).  I just think the simple border makes the rest of the card pop. 

Stamp set:  Love You More  Ink:  Wild Wasabi  Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Brian

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No need to wait.  You don’t have to wait until January 3 to order new Stampin’ Up! products.  Stampin’ Up! released some super-cute Valentine’s Day products this month (including the stamp set shown above) – check them out HERE!

Simple Saturday: Love for Freshly Made Sketches

 Welcome to Week Three of “Simple Saturday.”  It’s nothing formal, but I’m showcasing quick and easy cards on Saturdays – nothing too complicated, nothing too flashy.  But that doesn’t mean the cards can’t be absolutely adorable, right?  🙂  This week’s uber-simple sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (comprised of a sentiment and five banners) provides the perfect foundation for a quick and easy card.  Here’s my card:

And here’s Amy O’Neill’s incredible sketch that inspired my card:

Tips Tricks and Reminders

  • The Color of Love.  Color selection is extremely important when constructing a card that only has one large sentiment and five small banners.  While I designed this card in the “Valentine’s Day” genre, I didn’t want it to just be red and pink.  I wanted the card to read “fresh” and “flirty,” so a selection of colors from the 2013-2015 In Colors was perfect.  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe are a perfect balance of colors to complete this card.  
  • Cropping the Banners.  I used the Hexagon punch to crop the ends on all these banners.  Even though the banners are differing widths, the punch gives a perfect finish to the base.  But here’s the real trick on this card – I made each banner longer than I needed them to be, lined them up along the bottom of the banners and taped them across the top (I then taped the backside of the banners near the banner ends).  I stamped the word LOVE over the banners so I’d have a clear vision of the line I needed to crop so that the banners would fit perfectly under the stamped word.  A super-easy way to get the result I wanted.
  • Options, Options.  Do you see the solid pieces in the word “love”?  There are so many different ways I could have added more to the word “love” to alter this look.  I tried several options but decided to leave it as is – that’s really the best way to complete the look.  I stamped the word on light-colored, pattered paper and snipped out the solid pieces of the word “love” to paper-piece the segments.  I also played around with dragging the Strawberry Sluch ink into the center of the solid pieces with my Blender Pen.  I also considered coloring the pieces in a completely different color.  None of those worked here – you might see them in another project.  Just not today.  🙂

Stamp sets:  Countless Sayings 1  Papers:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack   Inks:  Strawberry Slush 

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Brian

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Two New Must-Have Photopolymer Stamp Sets.  Last week, Stampin’ Up! introduced two new photopolymer stamp sets.  I love good sentiments – every card needs a good sentiment – and I love these sets.  Click on the pictures below to see the sets in my online store: