Start Simple

With just a few basics like paper, ink and the stamp set of your choice (for example the lovely Dragonfly Dreams), you can create a simple card that is both stunning and easy to make.

This card is based on three colors: Basic Black, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  I also used three of the stamps from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  Let me digress for a second about why Stampin’ Up products rock.  They do an awesome job of making quality products but the true magic is in the details.  When I first started seeing these stamps on Pinterest, I thought the dot stamp was fairly big -wrong! It’s a nice medium stamp, but to get the design all the way across my cardstock I had to repeat the pattern.  Being a photopolymer stamp, I quickly realized that the design on one side of the stamp lined up with the other side to make a seamless pattern.  Genius!

Ok, back to the card.  I cut the Whisper White cardstock and the patterned DSP (designer series paper) the same size and placed them on my card front slightly off kilter for a fun visual.  I don’t normally slant my designs this way as my brain thinks in more mathematical and proportioned layouts but I have to say that I’m super pleased with the effect.

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Compendium LogoHot Tip!

Twisting or slanting your layers is not only visually interesting it is also super easy!  The look is intentional yet casual and a lot quicker to assemble than lining up layers at a precision 1/4″.

Personal Confession:  I am trying to incorporate this tip into more of my cards BECAUSE it is so easy to make your layout look good.  However, I am slightly OCD at heart and my most favorite and used tool in my craft room is my Westcott C-thru 1/8″ grid ruler.

Step it Up

Now let’s take the same design concept from above and add a little more pizazz.  We are using the same colors, papers and stamps as before but now we add in a few new elements. The triple banner punch, the 1″ circle punch and some linen thread are needed to complete this design.

The dragonfly stamp is still center and prominent as well as the dotted stamped border.  I moved the sentiment to the bottom and used my punches to give the card dimension and texture.  I did change my layering a bit (back to my precision borders hahaha) as I felt the sentiment and banners needed those edges as an anchor.

You can see that just using a few basic tools and embellishments adds an extra punch to your design.

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So Spectacular!

And now for the wow!  Again, building from the last card, we are using the same colors, papers and stamps with the added accent of gold and instead of a stamped dragonfly, we use the die cut.  I carried over the banner punch, circle punch and linen thread as well.

This card also used both kinds of embossing: heat a pressure.  The dotted pattern was heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used gold foil for the round circle under the dragonfly.

The pattern at the top and bottom of each card and the central dragonfly in black are the main elements of this layout.  By keeping those two pieces of the design consistent, and using the same colors scheme / papers, I was able to easily build up more elaborate cards.

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Creatively Yours,