Pick A Pattern
I knew the first time I looked through the new Stampin' Up!® Catalog that I liked the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. The combinations of patterns and hand drawn doodles seemed so versatile and bright. The first element I fell in love with was the mushroom stamp from the Pieces & Patterns set, and you can see where that led by clicking here.
Getting ready for my Open House, I created a series of cards heavily featuring the DSP. In this post, I'll share some of my favorites!
Paper Made for Fussy Cutting
I've never had much love for fussy cutting. If you're not familiar with the term, it is used to describe the sometimes tedious and hand-cramping task of cutting out stamped (or printed) images by hand. I spent most of my crafting time finding ways around this practice, hence my love for Cricut machines!
The woodland scene DSP (Designer Series Paper) changed all that. From the moment I got my hands on this paper, the possibilities seemed endless! I've been able to create serene landscapes, create camping cards and various cards with the bevy of cute critters.
Pick A Pattern Polaroid
My first creation was this super cute Polaroid style card. For the sky, I used one of the Dapper Denim gradient papers from the Color Theory stack. Using the "foam" stamp from Mixed Drinks, I stamped my clouds in Versamark ink before topping with White Embossing Powder. Next I added the mountains, overlapping two sets. Finally, I finished off with additional DSP and a stamped Polaroid camera!
Paper Pumpkin Meets Pick A Pattern
Next up is the camping card. The hello there stamp inspired me, and I used some bits from the April Paper Pumpkin kit to create this card. I wanted to echo the circles throughout the card, so I punched some circles in from the black card blanks. I really love the semi-metallic look of this paper and I hope Stampin' Up!® adds something like it to their roster in the future.
Using Emerald Envy and Crushed Curry inks, I used the A Sara Thing splatter stamp all over my card blank. I added a 1" strip of black cardstock and topped that with a 7/8" strip of the Emerald Envy DSP. To attach the fussy cut pieces, I dipped a sponge in Tombow adhesive and applied to the pieces on the silicone mat. A super simple, but cute card!
Creating With Cute Critters
Last up is my Wild About You card. At first glance,it's easy to underestimate how many animals there really are in this DSP. It was a tight fit to squeeze them all onto this card, but I adore the finished product!
This card is really simple and quick to put together once you've got all of your animals cut out. All you need is your card base (Whisper White), a piece of the Crushed Curry striped DSP, a strip of Basic Black and a Strip of Whisper White. Stamp the Wild About You Sentiment in Basic Black on the middle of your white strip.
I moved the animals around quite a bit to find a way to fit each creature without it looking too cluttered. I really wanted my little birdie to sit on the moose's antler, but that will have to wait for another card! I used Stampin Dimensionals under the rabbit and hedgehog to create depth. The snail's shell and the "Wild" sentiment are both colored with Emerald Envy.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards I made. While my hand definitely got cramped up with all the fussy cutting, I think the finished products were well worth it! Head down to the comments and let me know what gets you in the mood to pick up your paper snips!