Design Cards Using Crafting Stash for a One of a Kind Card

How to Design Cards Using Crafting Stash

Hello Paper Crafters!! I have a beautiful birthday card for you today. I have a friend, Angie, and she loves, loves, loves, loves her dogs and being out in nature. She also has some artwork that features wolves, so I thought I would use a retired stamp set, Wildlife Reserve, as the starting point for my card. In this blog post I am going to show you how to design cards using crafting stash to create a one of a kind card.

Design Cards Using Crafting Stash

Design Cards Using Crafting Stash

Wildlife Reserve, DSP and Paper Pumpkin

The first thing I did was decide I wanted to use the single wolf stamp. Then I pulled out my current DSP (Designer Series Paper) stash from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog and started to look for patterns I could use for this card. I saw the night sky DSP from the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP and thought that fit perfectly with my wolf. So then I started to look for something that would work as the landscape and found this lovely Tranquil Tide paper from the Tranquil Textures DSP and knew it would work perfectly for this card. Finally, I looked for items like die cuts and ribbon that had the same colors for embellishments. And that is how to design cards using crafting stash and remember to always stamp something on the envelope because you can’t have a naked envelope.

Do You Know Why This Card Works?

There are three reasons why this card works. The first is the color palette, the second is card layout and the third is theme. Why does this color palette work? Night of Navy and Cajun Craze are complimentary colors (across from each other on the color wheel). Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy are analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel). Mint Macaron is a tint of Tranquil Tide (white is added). The layout is pretty standard. The background is divided into thirds. The focal point is in the center. The embellishments show off the main image. The theme of this card is nature/outdoors. The colors and images are all found outdoors and in nature. To learn more about color theory click here.

The Color Palette

Recipe: Paper. Images. Embellishments.

Paper: Whisper White Thick card stock, Twinkle, Twinkle,Nature’s Poem & Tranquil Textures DSP

Images: Wildlife Reserve & Better Together stamp sets, Night of Navy & Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Pads

Embellishments: Tranquil Tide 3/8” Mini Ruffled Ribbon

Extras: Stampin’ Trimmer, Stampin’ Sponges, Glue Dots, Dimensionals and Multipurpose Glue, Friends of a Feather Paper Pumpkin kit

Retired: Wildlife Reserve stamp set, Succulent Framelits Dies

The Project:

Step 1:

Cut your pieces.

  • Whisper White Thick card stock: Cut to 8 ½” x 5 ½” & scored at 4 ¼” and cut a 1 9/16” square.
  • Twinkle, Twinkle DSP: Cut to 4 ¼” x 4”.
  • Tranquil Textures DSP: Cut to 4 ¼” x 2 1/8”, then cut into a hill shape.
  • Nature’s Poem DSP: Cut to 2 7/16” square.
  • Tranquil Tide Ribbon: Cut 3” piece.

Step 2:

Stamp your images.

  • Whisper White 1 9/16” square: Stamp sentiment in Night of Navy ink and cut out using banner from Succulent Framelits Dies.
  • Stamp sentiment on inside of card in Night of Navy ink and stamp feathers from Paper Pumpkin stamp set in a falling pattern using Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide ink.

Step 3:

Putting it all together.

  • Tranquil Textures DSP: Glue to bottom of card base.
  • Twinkle, Twinkle DSP: Glue to top of card base.
  • Glue feather to bottom of card then layer banner on top with mini dimensionals. Use glue dots to adhere 1 mint macaron, 1 night of navy and 1 crushed curry leaves from the Paper Pumpkin kit to end of feather and then top with the ribbon tied in a knot.
  • Use dimensionals to adhere the wolf image to the Nature’s Poem square and then adhere to center of card.
Design Cards Using Crafting Stash

Design Cards Using Crafting Stash

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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My mission is to teach you how to find your inner artist so you can create beautiful works of art to give to family and friends. I have a simple “recipe” that will make creating cards Easy As PIE.

This is all you need to do:
• P: Pick your Papers
• I: Pick your Images
               • E: Pick your Embellishments

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