Clean & Simple Dragonfly Dreams

Homemade masculine card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Dragonfly Dreams stamps from Stampin' Up!

Clean & Simple Dragonfly Dreams

This clean and simple Dragonfly Dreams card is perfect for beginners to build up confidence in stamping while trying a simple new technique.

This card makes a wonderfully simple thank you card for anyone on your list, male or female, and it is an easy enough design that you could easily make a whole stack. You could add some backup cards in your stash or package them up and give them as a gift!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Dragonfly Dreams stamps from Stampin' Up! #GDP075

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #075!

There are just SO many possibilities for this challenge! If I had all the time in the day just for card making, I would make a card for this challenge every day of the week. As it is, alas, time has been much too short lately. I have lots more ideas fluttering around in my head that will just have to wait… though we’ll see if I can squeeze out one more before the deadline.

Masculine card featuring Dragonfly Dreams stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko. #GDP075

Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Then, cut a Wild Wasabi panel 1-1/2″ (3.7 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a Whisper White panel 1-5/8″ (4 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. On the Whisper White panel, stamp the dotted background stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Wild Wasabi ink along the left hand side. I stamped mine twice to make sure it went all the way from top to bottom of the panel.
  5. Next, stamp another layer of these dots just to the right of the first layer. This time, stamp off the Wild Wasabi ink on scratch paper before stamping onto the cardstock. This creates a lighter green layer.
  6. Then, stamp a third layer, another little bit to the right using Pool Party ink.
  7. Place the stamped Whisper White panel in the very center of the Crumb Cake card base. Don’t glue it yet! Make sure it is as straight as possible.
  8. Then, stamp the dragonfly from Dragonfly Dreams in Night of Navy ink aiming toward the upper left corner. The tip of her wings should go off the edge of the white panel and onto the Crumb Cake layer. Make sure to apply extra pressure to the upper wingtips to make sure they stamp fully! (A nice cushiony stampin surface also does wonders.)
  9. Place the Wild Wasabi layer between the white panel and the Crumb Cake card base. This will cover up the small gap in the stamped dragonfly’s wing from stamping on two layers at once. Adhere all three layers together.
  10. Cut a strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock 1″ by 3″ (2.5 x 7.7 cm).
  11. Stamp the sentiment, from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Night of Navy on the Wild Wasabi strip.
  12. Adhere two Basic Pearl Jewels to the top corners of the sentiment strip. Press these down really good! (This is easier before you attach it to the card.)
  13. Use dimensionals to attach the strip to the card, aligning the edge of the rectangle shape to the right side of the card. If your dragonfly tail ended up a little lower, just move this rectangle down a little so it doesn’t cover up the tail.

Clean and simple masculine card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Dragonfly Dreams stamps from Stampin' Up! #GDP075

Beginner Tips

I designed this card for my first ever card class. I had a couple of new stampers in the class, and this was their first card. The trickiest part was making sure the entire dragonfly’s wing was fully stamped, even across two layers of paper. A little gap is to be expected, but that is hidden by an extra layer of Wild Wasabi cardstock.

The secret to clean stamped images, especially with photopolymer stamps, is adding a little extra cushion in your stamping surface. You could use a mouse pad, a foam mat, or even something as simple as a magazine with a layer of paper towel on top of it. Then, when you stamp, make sure you put pressure on all the parts of the image. Especially when your stamp is crossing two layers of paper, like in this two panel technique.

You can see in one of my examples that one of the wing tips didn’t fully stamp. This was the difference between not having a paper towel and having one. It’s such a small difference, but it really helps!

Serene Color Combination

This color combination is full of greens and blues, reminiscent of a summer day by the lake. It’s a very serene combination, creating a sense of calm.

Wild Wasabi is definitely the star of this card. I love this smooth, soft green! Not too dark, not too light, not to dark, not too bright. It doesn’t demand attention, just sits there quietly being beautiful. I’m so much of a teal loving girl, that I sometimes forget how pretty green is!

Stampin' Up! color inspiration: Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Night of Navy

Clean and simple masculine card by Natalie Lapakko. Features Dragonfly Dreams stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy.

Materials

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, pearl accents

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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3 thoughts on “Clean & Simple Dragonfly Dreams”

  1. It is a very clean and pretty card! This dragonfly set is my favourite from the Occasions Catalogue and you’ve chosen super colours for it.

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