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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Happiness is...Family" Card

Are you getting tired of Chantilly projects?  Me neither, but I thought I'd mix it up a bit and share a project I made with the March Stamp of the Month, which is also a keeper!  In fact, come to think of it, with the right colors it would look beautiful with Chantilly papers.

I chose to go a different route with this stamp set. I envisioned rich red roses and went  to town to create some patterned paper of my own.  Creating your own Background & Texture Paper (patterned paper) is so much fun! In fact, I'm giving you a step-by-step tutorial on how I created mine in 2 seconds...



Before I get too far into this post, just a reminder that this beautiful stamp set is only $5 this month with a $50 order (before shipping and tax). You can easily order it on my website. You may even want to spend your $50 on some of the items I talk about below. I have included links to all of them.  You will be prompted to add the Stamp of the Month as you check out.

Here's a little step-by-step tutorial on how I created my own B&T paper:
1.  I began by stamping the chevron design stamp from the new In the Background stamp set in Champagne ink on a sheet of Colonial White Cardstock. This is a big stamp and so easy to line up.  This set also includes 2 other background stamps. 
In the Background:  Actual size of carrier sheet is 6" x 6"

2. Once I filled a 12" x 12" sheet with the chevrons, I moved on to the stamps I wanted to use from the March Stamp of the Month (Floral Happiness). I started with the big, solid rose and stamped it randomly with Ruby ink.

March Stamp of the Month - Floral Happiness (actual size of carrier sheet is 6" x 6")

3.  Next I went back with the detail stamp for the large rose and stamped it on top of the roses in Cocoa ink.

4.  I filled in some of the blank spaces with a solid leaf stamped in New England Ivy ink.

5. I then topped of the leaves with the lined vein stamp done in Ponderosa Pine ink.

6. Lastly, I filled one of my Spray Pens up to the first measure line with Saddle Reinker.  I then filled up to the 5th line with water and shook it up.  Then I misted my whole sheet of patterned paper lightly with this spray.

Voila! Now I had a whole sheet of beautiful rose patterned paper. Actually, I had 4. I made four sheets and got about 25 cards and a layout out of them.  Here is a photo of my paper:



If you want to know the rest of the details of how to make this card (or even if you don't...lol!), here they are:
1. The card is a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. I used one of our value pack Colonial White Cards and Envelopes. Love these!
1. The size of the piece of patterned paper at the top is 4" x 2 1/2"
2.  The Ponderosa Pine Cardstock piece at the bottom is 4" x 1 3/4"
3. The middle piece that says "Happiness is...FAMILY" is 4" x 1 strip of Colonial White Cardstock. I stamped it first with the chevron in stamp in Champagne ink and then the sentiments in Cocoa ink. The word "Family" came from another set, Family Love.
4.  I then glued that strip to a 4" x 1 1/2" piece of Ruby Cardstock and used my scallop scissors to trim both sides.  This then was adhered to a 4" x 1 1/2" piece of Colonial White Cardstock and then glued to the middle of the card.
5. To finish it off, I added 3 of the large Pearl Opaques to the bottom right corner.

Have a happy day!

4 comments:

Laurel said...

So pretty and so true!

Lynn said...

Beautiful card and even prettier in person. Thanks for the lovely mail and tutorial on how you made the PP. I have been having a blast with that stamp set!

Tammie Chelberg said...

This card is perfect! I love how everything coordinates so well together.

KathysScraps said...

What an interesting idea on making your own B & T! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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