Spring is here and what better way to celebrate the Ink & Share Blog Hop for March. Our theme this month is Spring and Easter and I had fun creating my cards for this theme. You have probably just visited Deb's amazing blog or perhaps you are starting your journey here. I hope that you will be inspired by our projects this month, to create your own Spring creations.
For my cards this month, I thought I would showcase how to use Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper pack, Fresh Florals (item # 144131 $22.00 40 Sheets 12x12 5 In Colors) featuring the 2017-2019 In Colors. I must admit, I have often found using Designer Series Paper intimidating and was afraid to cut it up because it was too pretty. Lately though, I have discovered how wonderful it is to create simply beautiful cards and I have been hooked.
My first card features a sheet of the Designer Series Paper in Powder Pink. I love the pretty softness of this color and it works beautifully with the Crumb Cake cardstock card base. Did you know that you can cut one sheet of 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper into 6 pieces of 4" x 5 1/4"? That is enough for 6 card fronts. Also, each 12" x 12" sheet is double sided (a different design on each side), so you have the option to choose what design you want to use, depending on the card design.
The floral basket design is from the Blossoming Basket stamp set, which is part of the Blossoming Basket Bundle that you can earn Free during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying order ($100 order not including S&H and Tax). I stamped the image onto Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the image with Stampin' Blend Markers. I then hand cut the image out and layered it onto a scalloped oval die cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits dies. Next I layered it on to a Crumb Cake oval matte and attached it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I used Clear Wink of Stella to highlight the stamped image. I decided not to add a sentiment to this card but you could easily make this an Easter, Birthday or Thank You card with the appropriate sentiment.
My second card features the same Designer Series Paper but this time in Lemon Lime Twist, layered onto a Thick Whisper White card base. I also cut it so that it was suitable for a landscape card instead of portrait. I love the bright, cheerful look of this Designer Series Paper and it made me think of grass for this fun Easter card. The cute rabbit image is from the We Must Celebrate stamp set in the Occasions Catalog and I stamped it with Archival Basic Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock and colored it with Powder Pink Classic ink and a blender pen. For a touch of shimmer, I added Clear Wink of Stella to the rabbit image. I hand cut around the image and layered it onto a Whisper White oval die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies. For a little sparkle, I die cut a scalloped oval from the Turquoise Glimmer Paper in the Myths & magic 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper pack in the Occasions catalog, and layered the Whisper White oval on top with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I created Easter eggs using the smallest oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits dies and various colors of cardstock, then embossed the ovals with different embossing folders to create texture. I attached the eggs to the card front with Snail adhesive and then attached the image with Stampin' Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment, from the Sweet Little Something stamp set, onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock and heat embossed it with Gold embossing powder. I created the banners on each end using the Tailored Tag Punch.
I hope that you have enjoyed my Spring cards and I hope that it encourages you to explore using Designer Series paper to create your projects. Now it's time to visit Karen and see what she has created. Just click the Next button below to visit her blog or if you get lost along the way, use the links in the Roll Call list below. I hope you enjoy the journey.
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