Background Stamping Technique

By | December 11, 2017

The background stamping technique isn’t new to the stamping world.  It’s one of the first techniques I learned as a beginner stamper.  It’s easy to do and doesn’t requite lots of supplies.

We sometimes get so excited about the latest new creative tool or gadget that we forget about the basics. But, sometimes it’s good to go back the the basics.

The background stamping technique requires only THREE things….stamps, ink and paper.

Here’s a card that shows how the background stamping technique can be used.

Background Stamping Technique

Project Notes:

I used Island Indigo color on color stamping to create the snowflake background on this card.   Snowflake Sentiments stamp set (Wood 144817, Clear 144820) was used for this.

Snowman image is in the Seasonal Chums stamp set (Wood 144945, Clear 144948).

 

Notes about the background stamping technique:

  • Start in the middle of the card front and work out towards the edges.  I wasn’t too concerned about making sure the center was filled in on this card because I knew the sentiment would cover that area.  I focused on the card edges on this card.
  • Make sure to stamp some of the images off the edges of the cardstock.  This makes it look like the card front is actually part of a larger piece that has been cut.
  • Because I was stamping directly on the folded card base, I had to protect the non-stamped half of my card.  I laid it flat and folded a piece of grid paper over that area to protect it.  Here’s a photo (the folded grid paper piece is on the left):

Background Stamping Technique

 

Here’s one more card I made using the background stamping technique:

Background Stamping Technique

 

 

I made a video demonstrating this technique several years ago.  The stamp set in the video is no longer available, but the technique will work with any image!!  (Sorry about the music volume at the beginning.  I was still learning about video editing.)


Well, there you have the background stamping technique.  It’s a great technique to use with many different stamped images.  I hope that you consider trying this technique the next time you have a card to create.
 

 

FREE SHIPPING – ONE DAY ONLY!!

By | December 10, 2017

FREE SHIPPING on all Stampin’ Up! orders placed on Monday, December 11.

Yep, you read it right!!  Here’s one more chance to take advantage of free shipping from Stampin’ Up!

This promotion includes all items: Year End sale items, clearance rack items and regularly priced items.

You’ll definitely want to pull out your wish list, flip through your catalog, and check your supplies to see what essentials you need to stock up on.

Here’s an idea….hand your wish list to your family members, along with the FREE SHIPPING news!! 

 

Free shipping offer is good on all orders placed Monday, December 11 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm (MT)

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Tips for coloring with Stampin’ Blends

By | December 4, 2017

Stampin’ Blends markers are my favorite new coloring tool.  Today I’d like to share some of my personal tips for coloring with Stampin’ Blends markers.  For more tips, you can read the article I wrote last week where I share more tips for coloring with Stampin’ Blends.

 

TIP#1: Color with the light color first, then add the darker shading.

This is my preference and is what works for me.  However, you can start with the darker color first, then add the light.  If you do it this way, only place dark color in the areas you want the shading.  Don’t color the entire image in the dark shade.

 

TIP #2:  When adding the light color, use “sloppy” coloring, leaving random white areas where you want lighter color.

This makes it easier to get light, medium and dark colors when blending.  I start with the light color, then add my darker color shade, and then come back with the lighter color to blend the two together.  I cover the entire area with my second round of light color ink and this covers up the random white areas left during the first round.  Those white areas will appear lighter.  The areas where two “coats” of light colors are applied will look like a medium shade.

 

TIP #3:  When blending, work small areas at a time.

You get the best layering and blending results when the ink is WET.  I like to use the bullet tip of the marker for blending and use a circular motion to blend the two colors together along the area where the two colors meet.  Your goal is to have a gradual color change.

 

TIP #4:  As a very last step, I sometimes like to go back use my dark marker to add some more dark color to some of the shadow areas.

I don’t add much additional dark color, but sometimes doing this defines the shading and makes it stand out even more.

 

TIP #5:  Allow ample time for the line stamped image to dry before coloring with Stampin’ Blends.

Having some drying time between stamping the image and coloring with Stampin’ Blends prevents any problems with ink smudges or bleeding. If you are in a hurry, you can heat set the stamped image. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Remember to pay attention to the kind of ink you stamp with.  The ink used with Stampin’ Blends must be water-based.  I recommend Memento Ink (132708)

TIP #6:  If you aren’t liking the way the shading looks, WAIT 10 minutes before adjusting.

Why is waiting important??  The alcohol ink the the markers takes a bit of time to saturate and absorb into the paper.  Waiting a few minutes before making any decisions allows the ink time to settle and gives you a true idea of what the end product looks like.  If you really aren’t happy with the result, you can add more ink and continue to blend.

 

Here’s a video where I demonstrate how to use the Stampin’ Blends.

 

If you are interested, you can purchase the Stampin’ Blends in my online store.

Well, there you have my tips for coloring with Stampin’ Blends.  I hope that you find this article helpful.  Do you have any tips for using alcohol markers??  Leave them in the comments section.  Thanks!

 

It’s Your Last Opportunity

By | November 28, 2017

There is still time to get the remaining four 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects!!

 

12 Weeks of Christmas BeeBug Creations

If you aren’t already on my mailing list you’ve missed the first 8 of my 12 Weeks of Christmas projects.  But, there’s still time to get the remaining four projects…which are some of the best!!  The next one is sent tomorrow at 1pm!!

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Coloring with Stampin’ Blends

By | November 27, 2017

Today I’m sharing a blog post about coloring with Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up!’s premier alcohol markers.  I am so enjoying coloring with the Stampin’ Blends!!

Wow!  They work so well for coloring stamped images.  There are no start and stop lines like water-based markers.  The ink coverage is smooth, and it’s so easy to blend colors with these markers.

Each Stampin’ Blend marker has two tips, a brush tip and a bullet tip.  Use the brush tip for coloring larger images and the bullet tip for details.

Here’s a card sample from the Color Me Happy project kit.  The Pool Party marker was used to color in the word “thank”.  You can see how smooth the ink coverage is.

Coloring with Stampin' Blends

The markers come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, each with a light and dark shade, which makes them perfect for shading stamped images.   Can you see the shading with the dark markers around the bird outline and wings on this bird themed Color Me Happy card?

Coloring with Stampin' Blends

Here’s another card that shows how the light and dark markers can create shading around the flower edges.  (This card is also from the Color Me Happy kit.)

Coloring with Stampin' Blends

Here’s a shading tip for you:  Stampin’ Up! makes it easy to determine where the darker areas of the image should be.  If you look at the flowers above, there are narrow line areas and wider open areas.  The narrow line areas are where the darker colors would be found.

Check out this image I colored from the Beautiful You stamp set.  Do you see where the dark lines are?  Those are the areas where I added the darker color marker, as suggested from the stamped lines in the image.

Coloring with Stampin' Blends

My fourth Color Me Happy card sample shows how the Color Lifter tool can be used.

Coloring with Stampin' Blends

Do you see how the centers of the lanterns are lighter than the outer edges?  That effect was made with the Color Lifter.  If you look at the Pumpkin Pie lanterns you can really see how the lifter has been used.

TIP:  The Color Lifter really doesn’t “lift” the color, but instead moves the alcohol ink around.  It’s a great tool to fix “coloring outside the lines” mistakes.  Use the lifter and “push” the oops ink back toward the color area.

Well, that’s a brief overview the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the markers, they can be found in my online store.

I hope you’ve seen that coloring with Stampin’ Blends markers couldn’t be easier!!

FREE SHIPPING on Stampin’ Up! Orders

By | November 25, 2017

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Snowflake Themed Card Inspiration

By | November 20, 2017

Today I have some snowflake themed card inspiration to share with you.  Snowflake themed cards are some of my favorite kind of cards to make.  They not only work for the Christmas season, but also for any occasion that occurs during the winter months.

I hope that you enjoy the cards I have to share today.  Here’s my first one.

Snowflake Themed Card Inspiration

PROJECT NOTES: 

 

My next three cards all feature the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (144686).  Here’s the first card.

Snowflake Themed Card Inspiration

PROJECT NOTES: 

  • This is a simple card to create.  The focal image is the textured snowflake.
  • Glossy cardstock was used for the card front/snowflake piece.  Here’s a trick to keep the glossy cardstock from cracking when embossing….use a scrap piece of regular weight copy paper in the embossing folder WITH the glossy card stock.  Run them through the Big Shot together.
  • Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (Wood 128748, Clear 127802).

 

My next card features another technique to try with the snowflake embossing folder.

Snowflake Themed Card Inspiration

PROJECT NOTES: 

  • I used VELLUM cardstock (101856) with the Winter Wonder embossing folder.  Stampin’ Up! vellum cardstock is really thick and can withstand the pressure of the Big Shot.  You won’t have success with this technique if you use a lightweight vellum however.
  • Attaching vellum so the glue doesn’t show through can be tricky.  Your best bet is to camouflage the glue.  On this card, I attached four glue dots (one in each corner) and then covered them with a silver foil (132178) die cut shape.  (Eastern Medallions Thinlits, 143725).
  • A center Rhinestone Basic Jewel (144220) and a Mini Tinsel Trim bow (144636) add a bit of sparkle.

 

Here’s my final snowflake themed card inspiration project.  It was inspired by a card I’d seen created by Tanja Kolar.

Snowflake Themed Card Inspiration

PROJECT NOTES: 

  • I used the DE-BOSSED side of the snowflake for my card front.  I also chose to only use a partial off-center snowflake image to add some interest to the card.
  • My focal point was created by using a cluster of die cut pieces.  I used dies from the following sets:  Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851), Starlight Thinlits (141840), Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits (144670).
  • This card can be used for ANY occasion, and I purposely didn’t add a sentiment. I will add that when I decide to use it.

 

Well, there you have my snowflake themed card inspiration for today.  Hope that you enjoyed my cards.  I always appreciate it when you leave a comment to let me know you visited.  Thanks!!

 

Online Extravaganza Details!!

By | November 19, 2017
The “most wonderful time of the year” has arrived.  No, it’s not just because it’s the holiday season.  It’s because Online Extravaganza is HERE!!

 

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza
Now through November 26, shop exclusive sales and deals on select items. Deals end November 26 11:59 PM.

 

Click here for a list of Online Extravaganza Deals!!  (including 20% off select stamp sets, November 20th only!!)
Here’s a link to my online store, where you can place an order.  Use this hostess code:  A3UG3Q67

 

 

What is the Stamparatus????

By | November 14, 2017

Do you hear the cheers in the Stampin’ Up! world??  I’d describe it as more of a loud ROAR!!  This week Stampin’ Up! is introducing a fantastic new stamping tool….

The Stamparatus

The Stamp-a-what’s that you ask???

The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!  You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with this fantastic new tool!

Why do you need this??

  • You can stamp multiples quickly and easily!!
  • Your stamped images will always be crisp and clean.
  • If you “miss” stamping part of the image the first time, it’s easy to apply more ink and re-stamp—no need to start over
  • You will make fewer mistakes, saving you time and money
  • You can easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates

Watch this video to see the Stamparatus in action and learn Five Things You Need to Know.

More details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat included to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • Plates attach with hinges, and are removable for storage
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas

Retail Price $49.00

How do I get one???

This process is something new and different for Stampin’ Up!.  You can RESERVE yours beginning this Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:00 pm (MT). You will then be among the first to receive it, around February 1st!  (this will ensure there are no backorders!)

I think is going to be one hot selling item!  It was just introduced at the Stampin’ Up! National Convention and people went CRAZY!!!!  There are a limited number available, so you will want to make sure to order as early as you can!  I am sure they will SELL OUT FAST!

HOW TO RESERVE (see below for photo tutorial)

Reserving a product is a totally new process.  Just follow these steps.  Your credit card will NOT be charged until it ships.  If you don’t already have an online account, you will have to set that up FIRST. (Make sure to choose Deb Hoekstra as your demonstrator)

Note – You can only order with the link below beginning on Thursday, November 16 at 2pm (MT).

 

What is the Stamparatus????

What is the Stamparatus????

What is the Stamparatus????

I am SO EXCITED about this new tool and all the possibilities it holds.  I know the reservation system is something new, but it will allow Stampin’ Up! to manage the release of this exciting new product without the frustration of product backorders.  Remember, if you’d like to be one of the first to purchase the Stamparatus, make your reservation THIS THURSDAY, November 16, 2 pm (MT).

 

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Christmas Cards, Part 2

By | November 13, 2017

Here’s part two of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.  Last week we talked about the process of planning your card.  This week will be all about how to “mass produce” your stash of holiday cards.

 

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

 

Heres’ a review of last week.

  1. Start early
  2. Make a schedule
  3. Design your card and keep it simple
  4. Create a sample of the card

You can read part one of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards here.

Step Three – Create the “parts” of  the card

The fastest way to mass produce cards is to focus on each individual element separately, then assemble once all pieces are made.  Breaking up project tasks like this makes creating a large batch of cards much more manageable.

  • Make a note of all paper sizes that will needed for each element.  Also, set up your work area.  Having all the necessary supplies and equipment out and convenient makes the assembly process go much more quickly. 
  • The first step is to score your card bases.  This is done with a full sheet of 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock. It is usually scored at 4 1/4” on the 8” side of the card stock.  Next, cut the 8 12” x 11” card stock  in half to create two card bases.  Make the cut at 5 1/2” on the 11” side.  Fold the bases along the score line.  Set aside.
  • Next, cut all the elements needed for your project.  This includes all pieces for stamped images, mattes, paper panels, die cut embellishments, ribbon, etc.  If ribbon needs to be tied into bows, do so at this point as well.
  • Stamp first, before assembling.  That way, mistakes made won’t mess up the entire project (ask me how I know this!!).  And, if there is more than one image to stamp, only stamp one image at a time using one color ink at a time. This saves time because you aren’t constantly having to change or clean the stamp.  When done, clean the stamp and move to the next image or color. 
  • Stamp your envelope or inside panel of the card as well!!  (Consider computer generating the inside note, and printing on white paper. For a typical card, four inside notes can be printed per page.  Leave room on the bottom of the inside piece for a short personal note.)
  • Use grid paper to stamp on.  Not only will the grid paper protect your work area, the lines and ruler allow for better image placement.  Also, if elements need to be sponged, do so at this point.
  • Once all the elements are cut, stamped and created, it’s time to assemble the project elements.  Adhere mattes to main pieces, assemble embellishments, punch out what needs to be punched, etc.  Remember to complete all of one item before moving to the next.

Step Four – Assemble the Card

When all the project pieces are ready, assemble the card, starting from the bottom (base) of the design and working up, to the top. Ribbons, rhinestones, buttons, etc. are the last things that should be added.

Congratulations!!  Your Christmas cards are done and ready to send!!!

 

Well, that’s it.  Hope these tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards are helpful this holiday season!!  I’d love to know if this was beneficial!!  Leave a comment for me and let me know.

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

By | November 6, 2017

The holiday season is upon us.  Quite often, those of us who craft like to send handmade holiday cards. Today, I’m sharing some tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.  Whether you make 100 cards or only a dozen, these tips will make the job of creating them easier.

 

The first of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards is a good one for ANY type of crafting with a deadline….Start early.

It’s so easy to procrastinate.  I think that I have plenty of time to get the job done, and then before you know it, the deadline is upon me and I’m scurrying around trying to get everything done in time.  And, then I’m feeling stressed and crabby!!

Here’s a suggestion.  Decide on your deadline date.  Then, figure out how much time you have between then and now to get things done.  Next, break your creative project into tasks/steps and then assign a deadline to each of those pieces.

Here’s what it might look like for my holiday cards:

  1. Send Cards on December 8 (DEADLINE).
  2. I have five weeks between now and December 8. (Figure how much time I have)
  3. By November 10 – Decide on card design and create a “sample”.   Then, break down each part of the card (stamped/colored image; die cuts; cardstock to cut; scored card bases; ribbons/bows, etc) and assign a deadline to each.  Make note of the sizes of cardstock you will need to cut as well.
  4. If possible, set up a work area that can stay set up.  If this isn’t possible, gather supplies you will need together and store in a box.  This way, everything you need will be together.
  5. Week of November 13 – Cut cardstock needed for stamping.  Stamp and color images (including envelopes and inside of cards).
  6. Week of November 20 – complete all die cuts and cut needed card stock and card bases.
  7. Week of November 27 – assemble all card elements (mattes, etc) and assemble cards.
  8. Week of December 4 – address envelopes and write cards.

The most important part at this point is making the commitment to DO IT and stick to the schedule!!  Many times I find it’s easy to let the other demands of my life pull me off of commitments I’ve made.  In order for me to overcome this problem, I have to make my card making schedule a PRIORITY!!  Sorry that I don’t have some magic formula for you.  It’s just a matter of making a decision to stick to the plan!!

 

Continuing on with my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.

Step One – Deciding on the card design.

  • My best word of advice here is to keep it simple, especially if you have LOTS of cards to create.  Don’t make it detailed!  Keeping the design simple makes the entire process easier and faster. (See my sample above)
  • Decide on the focal point and keep the focus of the card here.  Card sketches are great tools to use in this initial step!! 
  • Also, if using a technique on your card, use no more than ONE (and make it an easy technique that you enjoy).
  • Limit the colors used to no more than THREE.
  • Choose solid card stock, designer pattern papers, punches, stamps, and dies to lessen the cost of the cards.  Creating card elements this way is more affordable than buying pre-made embellishments.
  • Make your supplies go farther by planning how to best use them without having excess waste.  For instance, what if you wanted to use a piece of 12″ x 12″ designer paper on a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” card front?  The “best use” of this paper would be to cut 1 1/2″ off one of the paper edges.  That gives a 12″ x 1 1/2″ leftover strip to use on another project.  Cut the remaining 12″ x 10 1/2″ piece of designer paper into six pieces that measure 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Step Two – Do a Test Run

Once you have your card idea in mind, create a sample using scrap or copy paper.  This allows opportunity for experimenting before cutting into your actual project papers.

 

I’ll have more tips for you next week because I’m going to give you a homework assignment.  Take time to plan your holiday card and make a sample.  Also, decide on your deadline date and set up a schedule like the one I made above.  You have a week to do this.  Then, join me next Monday when I share the rest of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.

 

Just a Note….

By | November 2, 2017

If you regularly visit my blog, I want to give you a heads up.  I’m in the habit of posting card projects here on Mondays and Wednesdays.  However, because of the busy upcoming holiday season, you MAY find me only posting only one day each week during the months of November and December.  Then, in the new year, I’ll be back to posting twice weekly on a regular basis.  Thanks for understanding.  I really appreciate all who visit my blog on a regular basis.

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

By | October 30, 2017

The ideas for paper quilt greeting cards are endless when you use the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673) from Stampin’ Up!  And, think about what a perfect Christmas gift quilt cards would make for  that quilter in your life!!  I’m back today with more quilt card inspiration.

 

The cards I’m sharing today use the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (144168).  The coordinating colors are Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive.  My focus on these cards will be the elements I used for their centers.

 

Here’s the first card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I used a simple punched 1/2″ cardstock circle for this card.  This makes shapes in the center design look like a flower. (1/2″ Circle Punch, 119869)
  • Note how I used designer paper on both the card front background as well as the quilt square background.   The layers of solid color cardstock work well to separate the two patterns.

 

Here’s my second card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • A die cut paper butterfly was placed in the center of this quilt block.  Butterfly die is from the Move Me Thinlits (143732).
  • I used Clear Wink of Stella (141897) on the butterfly body to add a hint of glitter.

 

Here’s my next card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • A paper shape was again used for the center of this card…a star shape from the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies.
  • Notice how the placement of the light and dark colors in the quilt pattern make it look like this design is reaching out towards you.

 

Here’s my fourth card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

 

The ideas for paper quilt greeting cards center just kept coming.  Here’s one more:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits (143725) to make this layered center element.  It fits very well into this quilt design die shape.

 

Here’s my last card idea:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

 

Other paper quilt blog posts you may enjoy:

How to make paper quilt cards

Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

More Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

 

I hope that I haven’t overwhelmed you with ideas for paper quilt greeting cards.  These are fast becoming my favorite kind of card to create.  Because you need to die cut so many different papers to make your patterns, you can create so many cards at one time!!  What are your thoughts…do you love quilt themed cards or not??

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

By | October 25, 2017

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been seeing paper quilt greeting card ideas everywhere!!  As I’ve shared before…I LOVE quilting with paper.  It gives me such pleasure to combine colors and patterns to come up with a quilt themed card that I love.  And, it’s much less frustrating to me than using a sewing machine and fabric.

Well, I’ve been doing some more playing with the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673) from Stampin’ Up!  As a result, I have more card ideas to share with you.  I made the 5 cards in this group by mixing and matching designer paper from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Pack (144168) with coordinating colors of solid colored cardstock.

I’ll share design notes specific to each of the  paper quilt greeting card ideas in the “Design Notes” section of each card.

First card:

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I used one of my “go to” sketch layouts for this card…a large square on top with the sentiment underneath. (Actually, I used this sketch layout for ALL the cards I’m sharing today!)
  • Background of the quilt design piece is designer paper and the petal design is made with solid cardstock pieces.
  • The sentiment piece is punched using the Everyday Label Punch (144668).  Notice how trimming off the top and bottom of the punched piece creates a different shape.
  • Entire card (except sentiment) is textured using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (144687).

 

My second card uses the same sketch layout at the first, but looks entirely different!!

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I used designer paper to build in around the edges of the star design, but used two different patterns.  See how different this card looks from my first card?
  • I used the “frame” of the quilt design to highlight the center pattern of this card.  The Pool Party color that you see peeking through is actually the card front.
  • I sponged the center of the Pool Party cardstock to make it appear shaded and a bit darker.  See photo below to learn how I did this.

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

 

 

Here’s my third card, also using the same sketch layout.

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I love all the faux stitching on this card.  Here’s how I created it:
    1. I ran the 3 1/4″ Blushing Bride square through the Big Shot using the “stitched” framelit die.  This die doesn’t cut out the image, but just leaves stitch marks in the shape of the design.
    2. Next, I cut the 3″ Calypso Coral square using the quilt shape die piece and coordinating square framelit.  SAVE THE OUTSIDE FRAME!!
    3. Finally, use the Stitched Shapes Square Framelit (145372) that matches the size of the inside square and run through the Big Shot.
    4. Assemble the two squares together, fitting the quilt shape piece inside the outside frame.
    5. Hope that all makes sense!! (If not, email me with questions.)

 

My final two paper quilt greeting card ideas use this same go-to layout as well, I just tipped the layout sideways.  Can you see it??

First card:

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I love the inlaid look you get when you emboss papers that are layered.  I used the Garden Trellis Textured Embossing Folder (143741) for this card.
  • Sentiment: Vertical Greetings stamp set (Wood 141873, Clear 141876)
  • I used a die cut quilted flower shape (from the quilt dies) and ribbon bow for the center of the quilt design.

 

Here’s the last card I have for today:

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This card uses a stamped image from the Christmas Quilt stamp set (144793) to create the stitch marks.  These stamps can be bundled with the quilt dies for a 10% savings (146026)
  • I filled in die cut designer paper pieces between the faux stitch marks to create the pattern paper design.
  • Scallop border was made with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751) and embossed with the Quilt Top embossing folder.

 

I have another blog post that tells how to use the Quilt Builders Framelits DiesClick here to read that.

The Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Pack is one of the designer papers that Stampin’ Up! has on sale this month.  Click here to learn more about their designer paper sale.

Hope these paper quilt greeting card ideas have inspired you. I really do appreciate you stopping.  More quilt card ideas in my next blog post, so stop back!!