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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'!), 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!


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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