Use That Designer Series Paper!

When the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog came out I fell in love with a lot of the Designer Series Paper.  I mean, who could resist?  It was all gorgeous.  Then when the 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog came out.  I loved a lot of the DSP in that catalog.  Once again, when the January – June Mini Catalog came out, I had to have even more.  I made a vow to start using all my Designer Series Paper more than I usually do.  I hate cutting that first piece.  I keep thinking if I cut a piece out now, what will happen if I need a whole sheet later?  It is a crazy way to think but most stampers have a little craziness in them anyway.

Of course now that all the DSP I purchased is retiring very soon and I still had a lot left over.  So I decided I was going to use a lot of it in the next two weeks.  A lot of it!  I made these three simple cards the other day.  It was a good start.

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper I used the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper for this first card.  It is so beautiful and even nicer in person.  I first took a card base of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, folded it in half and cut an inch off on side.  I layered a piece of the DSP on the inside of the card and another piece on the outside.  I stamped the sentiment (which is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit because I didn’t have a Happy Mother’s Day stamp.  Can you believe that??) in Gorgeous Grape Ink and then colored the flowers and leaves using a Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin Blends.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals (also retiring on May 3rd).  I cut a larger oval out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and the larger scalloped oval out of Purple Posy.

For this next card I used Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper Series Paper.  I layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece over a card base of Pool Party.  I used the Floral Gallery die to cut “just wanted to say” in So Saffron card stock and I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  The DSP speaks for itself on this card so I didn’t think it needed much more.

I also used the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper for this last card.  I cut two 1″ strips of the flowers and adhered them to the sides of a Basic White card base.  I then added the Pumpkin Pie piece of DSP in the middle.  The fern is from Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.  These cut outs are gold on one side and white on the other.  They are beautiful.  They are also retiring.  Sigh.  So many beautiful papers are retiring.  I stamped the sentiment from Many Messages and cut it out using the coordinating die Messages.  The stamp is one big stamp and so is the die.

Do you have a lot of Designer Series Paper that you are afraid to cut?  You need to just do it.  It is beautiful and it makes gorgeous, easy cards.

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Art Gallery & An Evil Plot

Stampin Up Art Gallery

After the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog came out, Jackie, Buffy (of our Stamp Off Challenges) and I were talking about the products in the catalog.  Buffy and I both loved the Fine Art Floral Suite that included the stamp set called Art Gallery, the Floral Gallery Dies, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper and other embellishments.  One of the embellishments is the Gilded Leafing.  Buffy and I both purchased it right away but Jackie did not want anything to do with it.  So, Buffy and I talked and decided to send Jackie some cards we made using the Gilded Leafing.  Jackie called it an “evil plot”.  Well, guess what?  It worked!  Jackie ended up loving the Gilded Leafing and purchased it.

This is the card I sent her to help her decide that she really needed these products.  The stamp set called Art Gallery is a two step stamp set.  This means that it can take two or more stamps to make an image.  In this case, I first stamped the larger flower in Flirty Flamingo Ink and then the second stamp in Poppy Parade on top.  I stamped the smaller flower in Poppy Parade and the leaves in Mossy Meadow ink.

In order to add the Gilded Leafing you first stamp in Versamark Ink.  Then you sprinkle some Heat & Stick Powder on top of the Versamark and lightly heat it with your Heat Tool.  If you heat it too much it will lose it stickiness.  After you heat up the powder you press the Gilded Leafing into it.  Actually, I pressed the card into the Gilded Leafing.  Now, I have to say the Gilded Leafing is very light and can float around so you need to be careful.  I decided to pour the entire container of it into a box with a lid so I pressed the card against it.  Then I took a Stampin Sponge and wiped off the excess.  This is a close up of the flower.  I love how shiny it is.

Stampin Up Art Gallery

After adding the Gilded Leafing I cut the flowers and leaves out using the coordinating dies from the set called Floral Gallery.  I layered these on a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade Ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery.  Lastly, I added the bow of Linen Thread using a Glue Dot.

Now, I don’t think this plot was very evil at all!  It was just showing a friend what they were missing out on!

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Mystery Parts Using Art Gallery

Some of my Stampin’ Up!® team members (Demonstrators that signed under me) have being doing a Mystery Parts Challenge.  This is where one of us sends Stampin’ Up!® products such as card stock, Designer Series Paper, ribbon and Embellishments to the others and we each have to make a card using these products.  I got this idea from Diana Gibbs (thanks for the great idea).  This time Char sent us the “parts”.

Char used products from the Fine Art Floral Suite in the new 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  She sent a piece of the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, Fine Arts 3/8″ Ribbon, a piece of Merry Merlot and Whisper White cardstock.  Here is the card I made using these products.

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The first thing I did was to cut the Merry Merlot cardstock and the piece of Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I also cut out a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock with these dies.  I used the coordinating stamp set called Art Gallery to stamp the flowers in Merry Merlot and once again, in Pretty Peacock because I wanted the flowers and the stems to be different colors.  I cut them both out using the coordinating die.  Then I cut the stems off the Merry Merlot die cut and adhered it on top of the Pretty Peacock one.  Of course, they lined up perfectly since I used the same die.

After I did this, I stamped the second part of the flower in Versamark Ink and then applied Heat & Stick powder on top.  I took my Heat Tool and melted the Heat & Stick Powder just enough to make it sticky.  Then I put some of the Gilded Leafing on top.  The Gilded Leafing sticks to the melted powder.  Then you just take a sponge or brush and remove the excess.  After that I layered everything and added the little loop of the Fine Arts 3/8″ ribbon underneath.

Now here are the rest of the cards made by my team members using these parts.

This is Kim’s card:

This one belongs to Karin:

This is Lynette’s:

Char made this card:

This is Karen’s:

I love how each one came out so different, yet so beautiful.  Don’t you think? 

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