Yesterday we celebrated our son Dallin’s birthday. I created this one-layer, clean & simple collage card with Stampin’ Up! stamps from Circle Circus and Wacky Wishes to wish him a happy, happy birthday! We celebrated at P F Chang’s, his birthday dinner choice. (Pictures will be added to facebook later today.)
So how did I create this one-layer card? First I tore a piece of paper to act as a mask. I placed the torn mask to cover the bottom third of the card and sponged the top third with Baja Breeze ink. Then, leaving the mask in place, I stamped various circles from in Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, and Island Indigo. The creative color palette came from the Color Coach!
Finally I lifted the mask and stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ from the Wacky Wishes stamp set in Island Indigo. Then I wrapped Island Indigo Bakers Twine around the card three times and tied it in a knot. I really wanted to tie it in a bow but decided the knot would be more masculine.
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I like to make the envelope extra special so the recipient can anticipate what’s inside. By slipping a piece of scrap paper under the flap I was able to stamp this circle in Lucky Limeade to imitate the design on the card. I find that stamping on the flap is always an easy envelope solution.
Being a 21-year-old young man, he ripped into the envelope like TNT and all the pretty decorating was demolished, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
On the back of his card I stamped my personalized stamp with Lucky Limeade and then added some mom personlization with a Lucky Limeade marker.
Let’s take another stroll down memory lane. Here’s another favorite stamp set that is retiring – Fifth Avenue Floral. Anytime I needed a quick, feminine card this was the go-to set. Pick a couple of pretty colors, stamp these lovely flowers all over the background, and add a tag (and maybe even a little glitter) and instant lovely card!
Here’s a couple:
To change things up a bit, use colored cardstock with white craft ink. I think it is such a pretty look.
If you are wondering how to create these backgrounds, I wrote up a how-to in the last newsletter on this process. (If you missed it, sign up for the mailing list today and it will come to you automatically.) It’s super quick and easy to do especially after you create the mask the first time. Just save it with the set and it’s ready for the next time!
I love clean and simple, and here’s a clean and simpleTrendy Trees thank you. I love clean lines and lots of white space in clean and simple designs. The extras in this simple card come from the funky design of the trees, the bold chevron design in the paper and the scored lines in the background.
Technique: Punch Masking – I stamped the middle tree top first. Tip: Always stamp your foreground image first.The tree top was stamped on a post-it note and punched out with a 1″ circle punch creating a mask. I covered the middle tree with the post-it-note mask and stamped the tree tops beside it.
The Trendy Trees stamp set will retire at the end of the month and the Summer Smooches paper will be available again June 1st when the new catalog comes out.
Want a new 2012-13 catalog? Place any order between now and May 15th and I’ll send you a new catalog for FREE when it’s released. The Stampin’ Up! catalogs are great for inspiration. It’s always exciting to get a new catalog with new ideas! The embossed lines across the card and the envelope were made with the great scoring tools now available. LOVE IT! These envelopes are super fast and easy to make. Click here for the envelope video tutorial.