I’m part of a monthly swap group, and I absolutely love designing new cards each month and receiving others’ designs. In May, we wanted to make sure to use Stampin’ Up! items that would be available once the new catalog goes live on June 3 so that our designs could be replicated. I hadn’t received my pre-order of new catalog items yet, so I went back to my carryover stamp sets and was drawn to the floral images in the Free As a Bird set. I added in some Stampin’ Blends, ribbon, and plenty of Pearl Basic Jewels to finish off this design!
Stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
1. Randomly stamp floral and leaf images from Free As a Bird stamp set on Whisper White cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 3".
2. Stamp "Your friendship means the world to me" on 1 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock.
3. Stamp "Thanks for being you" and floral image on Whisper White cardstock measuring 5 1/4" x 4". This will be the inner panel of the card. OPTIONAL: Stamp flowers on envelope.
4. Use Stampin’ Blends to color the stamped images on the 5 1/2″ x 3 ” cardstock and 5 1/4″ x 4″ card insert (and envelope, if you chose to stamp it). I used the Dark Petal Pink, Light and Dark Mossy Meadow, and Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry. I think Blackberry Bliss in place of the Rich Razzleberry would also look great!
Coloring Tips: for the large flowers, I started with the dark color in the center, then used the light Stampin’ Blend to color to the edges. I prefer dark first, then light for blending. For the leaves, I colored the whole leaves using the light shade, then went back with the finer, bullet-tip dark color to add some lines along the leaf veins.
Tip for coloring on envelope: the Stampin’ Blends bleed through easily. When coloring the envelope, I slid a piece of scrap cardstock inside just in case it bled through the first layer of envelope.
5. Use the Label Me Fancy punch to punch out the stamped greeting (on 1 1/2″ Whisper White strip) and a Petal Pink punch.
6. Using a Paper Snips, cut the Petal Pink punched cardstock in half vertically.Use the adhesive of your choice to adhere these halves to the left and right of the punched greeting.
7. Use a Bone Folder to fold a Petal Pink card base (11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″) in half.
8. Adhere stamped panel to inside of card.
9. Adhere Blackberry Bliss cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ to the center of the card front. Use Paper Snips to trip any excess.
10. Adhere stamped Whisper White panel to the Blackberry Bliss, again trimming any excess.
11. Use Mini Glue Dots to attach 3-4″ of Petal Pink 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon to the back of the punched tag. Trim the ribbon ends at a diagonal.
12. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the punched greeting and ribbon to the card front. I centered it from left to right but placed it higher up on the card.
13. Add Pearl Basic Jewels to the flower centers to finish off the card.
I hope you enjoyed this card design! I’ve linked all the supplies I used below, and you can order them by clicking the supply images or selecting “Place a Stampin’ Up! Order” along the top of the screen.
About a year ago, as I was wrapping up my dissertation to complete my Ph.D., I was brainstorming gift ideas for my advisor. In addition to supporting me academically in so many ways throughout grad school, she and I traveled the world together presenting our STEM education research and working with teachers. In less than four years, we traveled together to Australia, Japan (several times), South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Finland, and numerous cities within the U.S. What kind of gift do you give someone who has played such a significant role in your life? A hand-made gift, of course! I love the nautical theme of Stampin’ Up’s Come Sail Away suite, and the Memories & More card that says, “What is life but a grand adventure” was the perfect sentiment. I designed this 12×12 sampler, then framed and gifted it to my advisor.
Although the stamps and dies will be carrying over into the 2020-2021 catalog, the Designer Series Paper I used for this sampler is now listed as a Last-Chance product. This means it’s only available until June 2 or while supplies last! In addition, some of the other items (Come Sail Away Memories & More Cards, Sail Away Trinkets, Metallic Brads, Baker’s Twine, and Magnolia Lane Ribbon) are retiring and on the clearance rack, so now is a great time to buy them at a discount if you’re interested in completing this project!
1. Cut Cardstock, Designer Series Paper, and Memories & More Cards
There are three sets of layering sizes that make up this sampler. Each basic card element is composed of three layers: Night of Navy cardstock as the largest, Sahara Sand cardstock as the middle, and either Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper or a Memories & More card for the smallest. Cut these elements first.
Central Piece – What is Life but a Grant Adventure (cut one of each size)
- Night of Navy: 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
- Sahara Sand: 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
- Memories & More Card: 6″ x 4″
Side Pieces to Left and Right of Center (cut two of each size)
- Night of Navy: 4 1/2″ x 2″
- Sahara Sand: 4 1/4″ x 1 3/4″
- Designer Series Paper: 4″ x 1 1/2″
Pieces Lining Top and Bottom (cut six of each size)
- Night of Navy: 3 1/2″ x 3 1/8″
- Sahara Sand: 3 1/4″ x 2 7/8″
- Designer Series Paper/Memories & More Card: 3″ x 2 5/8″
2. Stamp Images
Use Night of Navy ink to stamp a lighthouse and the larger sailboat on Whisper White cardstock.
Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the smaller sailboat, a compass, and an anchor on Whisper White cardstock.
3. Die Cut Stamped Images and Additional Shapes
Use the Smooth Sailing Dies to cut the stamped anchor, sailboats, and lighthouse. In addition, cut:
- Soft Suede rope
- Soft Suede ship’s wheel
- Soft Suede compass needle (small)
- Sahara Sand compass needle (large)
- Night of Navy seaweed
- Balmy Blue seaweed
Use the Layering Circles Dies to cut the compass and two Night of Navy circles.
4. Assemble Each Component
Use the close-up images below to assemble the components. Make sure to pay attention to where the ribbon/twine is placed, often just around the first layer.
I used a variety of Tear & Tape, Snail adhesive, Glue Dots, and Multipurpose Liquid Glue. If you are planning to frame this in a frame with glass, I do not recommend using Stampin’ Dimensionals, as they will just get flattened in the frame.
5. Adhere Components to 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP)
I would recommend first placing the 12×12 DSP in your frame and marking the DSP with a pencil at the edge of the frame so you know how much of it will be showing. Next, place the central component, using a ruler to ensure that it is perfectly centered from top to bottom and left to right. I used Tear & Tape adhesive for securing these components because I wanted it to be very strong.
Add the two side pieces to the left and right of the central component. Make sure to align them with the central component at the top and bottom, and center them between the central component and where you marked the edge of the frame.
Finally, add the six additional components on the top and bottom. I recommend starting with the one in the middle, making sure it is perfectly centered to the left and right of the 12×12 DSP and centered between the top of the central component and where you marked the edge of the frame. Once the middle piece is in place, the two side components are easy – just make sure to line them up along the top with the piece you just placed and to the side of the already placed pieces.
I hope you enjoyed this design! I’ve linked all the supplies I used below, and you can order them by clicking the supply images or selecting “Place a Stampin’ Up! Order” along the top of the screen.
December 2019’s Class by Mail featured three card designs using the Above the Clouds bundle.
Use the video below or the written instructions linked here to get all the information you need (including supply lists with measurements) for making these three card designs.
Also, check out my Pinterest board with lots of fun ideas using the Above the Clouds suite.