Designer Series Paper Parade of Cards

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Designer Series Paper Parade of Cards

This parade of cards showcases some of my absolute favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper. Pretty papers are meant to be used, not saved forever and ever.

If you love it, cut it up. Glue it down. Stick it in an envelope. Send it off. Get new beautiful papers. Repeat.

Inspiration: Designer Series Paper Shares

When I first started making cards (a little less than two years ago) I did not have a lot of supplies. Designer Series Papers were beautiful, but an investment (I still needed things like ink pads and stamp blocks, too). If I was going to buy some paper, I had to really, really like it. That one paper stack would be all the paper I had for awhile, so it would be featured in almost every card.

Even then, I never used it all. I’d get through about a third of it, then run out of ideas for how to use it or get tired of using the same colors or patterns again and again.

A year ago, I discovered paper shares.

I found out that you could have every kind of paper Stampin’ Up! offered for a fraction of the price, because the paper was split between several people. Brilliant!

I was so excited to pick up my share that I opened it up and looked at all the papers right there in my car before I even drove away from the demonstrator’s house. It probably looked really weird to all the neighbors, but I didn’t care. There were SO many pretty papers! I couldn’t drive home fast enough; I wanted to get started using that paper immediately!

I made it my goal to use as many of the sheets as I possibly could so it wouldn’t go to waste. I’m happy to report that out of a hundred-or-so sheets of paper that I got in my original share, there were only about a dozen sheets that I didn’t use.  Sweet!

Join the fun!

I love paper shares. I love the variety. I love that I don’t waste a bunch of paper by letting it sit on a shelf unused. They are amazing. Now that I am a demonstrator, I am offering my own product shares. I’d love for you to be able to experience how awesome it is to have such a wide variety of papers (and ribbons and embellishments) at your fingertips!

Don’t miss out! I’m ordering the products for these shares on June 1st. As I post this, that’s less than 36 hours away!

Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Product Shares are available at Stamp Witch Blog. Get all the new Papers, Ribbons, and Embellishments for a fraction of the cost! (Some of the ribbons shown are retired. I don't have a lot of new ribbon yet!)

If you already have lots of Designer Series Paper to use, read on to learn how to use it up!

#LoveItChopIt

I hate letting gorgeous papers just sit on the shelf! Kylie Bertucci created a hashtag that is a perfect reminder not to hoard pretty papers, but to USE them instead: #loveitchopit. It’s so inspiring! Thanks, Kylie!

In the spirit of loving and chopping my favorite unused DSP before they retired, I made one card layout, then copied the layout to create additional cards to showcase other papers. This parade features all the papers that I owned that made me say, “Why haven’t I used this yet?!” In addition, there are also a few new papers that made me say. “I can’t wait to use this!”

Using different papers, but a similar layout gives cards a feeling of unity that makes them a great set to give as a gift. For example, I gave this whole set of cards to my grandma. She used one right away, too!

Make sure you scroll ALL the way down to see all the cards in the parade!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Succulent Garden DSP and All Things Thanks stamps from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Gold

Card Directions

The card directions are exactly the same for every card, I just changed out colors and embellishments so they coordinated with the paper. I figure you probably only need to read the directions once.

DSP #1 should be your less busy Designer Series Paper (or DSP for short) and DSP #2 should be the one that is more busy. If the papers come in the same paper pack, they will likely coordinate really well with each other.

  1. First, cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of DSP #1 that is 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock that is 1/8″ (0.3 cm) shorter and 1″ (2.5 cm) more narrow than the card base. This is the front panel.
  4. Optional: On the front panel, stamp a pattern up the right hand side with VersaMark ink. Add white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder melts. This embossing adds a texture that is difficult to see in photos, but is gorgeous in person!
  5. Adhere the first three layers together.
  6. Arrange two sizes of Stitched Shape squares one inside the other in a frame shape and tape them together with washi tape to hold them in place. Die cut a square frame out of watercolor paper.
  7. Color the inside edge of the frame with a Stampin’ Write Marker in a color that coordinates with the DSP. Blend the marker ink with a wet paintbrush or AquaPainter. Set the frame aside to dry.
  8. Using the Stitched Shape Framelits, cut a circle shape from DSP #2.
  9. Find a scrap of paper (or cut one) about 3/8″ to 1/2″ (0.9 to 2.5 cm) wide. Stamp the sentiment from either All Things Thanks or Happy Happenings in VersaMark on the strip.
  10. Sprinkle with embossing powder, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts. Rip the left side so it has a rough edge. Leave the right side long for now.
  11. Find a ribbon-like embellishment and a thread-like embellishment that coordinates with the DSP.
  12. Arrange the square frame, the DSP circle, the two embellishments, and the sentiment strip. Adhere everything down. I used staples for the heavier ribbon and hid them behind the sentiment strip. I used dimensionals for the sentiment strips and attached the thread-like embellishment behind it. Trim the long end of the sentiment strip off once everything is placed.
  13. Die cut or punch a shape from cardstock or glimmer paper that coordinates with the DSP (such as a bee, balloon, or leaf). Optional: add embossing, Wink of Stella, or a metallic embellishment to add even more interest to this shape. Adhere the shape to the watercolor paper frame.
  14. Add Glitter Enamel Dots or Enamel Shapes embellishments in a triangle shape around the mini collage you have created. I like to give the largest dot a little sidekick shape.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Succulent Garden DSP and All Things Thanks stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Beetles and Bugs, All Things Thanks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Aqua Painter or paintbrush, gold and white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Dots, burlap ribbon, gold metallic thread

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Pick a Pattern from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Pick a Pattern Camera Card

  • This is a sneak peek of the new Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. This will be available for ordering *gasp* tomorrow! This paper is going to be included in those paper shares I was talking about earlier.
  • Glitter Enamel Dots are the hottest new embellishment. They come in ombre colors, so even though the yellow ones are technically Crushed Curry, the lighter colors go great with Daffodil Delight and So Saffron, too! They will also, you guessed it, be included in the embellishment share!
  • See that snazzy Chevron Ribbon? You betcha: ribbon share.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Pick a Pattern from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Pieces and Patterns, All Things Thanks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Dies, Paisley Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Aqua Painter or paint brush, white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Dots, Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon, Basic Black Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Affectionately Yours DSP from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Copper

Affectionately Yours Card

  • I have tried to use both of these papers at several points, but they were never quite right for the project I was working on at the time. Now they finally get to be featured on a card. Hooray! These are the epitome of too-pretty-not-to-chop.
  • Copper is IN! Last year we got copper embossing powder, then copper foil sheets. Now we will have new copper trim! It comes 1/4″ wide, but this trim is knit out of copper threads, so it can be stretched out wide into kind of a net.
  • This card is the only one that doesn’t have some sort of enamel shape embellishment, which I did totally on purpose to show that it is optional. Which it is. Especially if you don’t have any of the same colors  as in the paper.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Affectionately Yours DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper, Copper Foil Sheets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, All Things Thanks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: AquaPainter or paintbrush, copper and white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, burlap ribbon, copper trim (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Delightful Daisy DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy

Delightful Daisy Card

  • I just got a Wink of Stella pen recently and I am in love. I wasn’t sure at first if I would like it. I had heard a lot of people who were just gaga over Wink of Stella and put it on everything. I wasn’t sure if it could possibly be that great. After trying it out I’m here to tell you now: It is.
  • On this card I used Wink of Stella on the Daffodil Delight die cut bee and in person is matches the Glitter Enamel Dots perfectly. The glitter is a little more subtle than full on Glimmer Paper, so of course it is difficult to photograph.
  • Oh yeah, and there are some other new things in this card. Check out the Double Stitched Ribbon and the Delightful Daisy paper! This is one of my top three favorites of the new papers. It’s hand painted with washed backgrounds in many cases, so it goes really well with watercolor techniques.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Delightful Daisy DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, All Things Thanks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: gold and white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Glitter Enamel Dots, Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon, gold metallic thread (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Party Animal DSP and Happy Happenings stamps from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake

Party Animal with Balloons and Cake Card

  • I love Tangerine Tango and I love Pacific Point. I do not love them together. I purposely cut these papers to show as little Pacific Point as possible. In very, very small doses I think the clashing color is okay.
  • I love the little Party Animal embellishments. The little painted metal balloon and hat are SO cute! Plus they have a little loop for easy attaching to twine or wire. I used dimensionals to attach mine and that also works great.
  • Enamel Shapes are back in the 2017-2018 catalog. Yay! It’s fun to add a little variety by changing out a circle shape for a star or a heart. It adds a little element of surprise and interest when something breaks the established pattern.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Party Animal DSP and Happy Happenings stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Party Animal Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Balloon Adventures, Happy Happenings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Aqua Painter or paint brush, Party Animal Embellishments, white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Brights Enamel Shapes, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings stamps and Party Animal DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point

Party Animal Hats Card

  • This may have been the hardest piece of Designer Series Paper for me to cut. No matter how I positioned my die, some cute animal was getting their head cut off. I minimized the damage as best I could by putting the die almost exactly in the center of a large piece of paper. (So much for not wasting paper.)
  • This is the only card that doesn’t have twine or metallic thread looped behind the sentiment. That’s because that hedgehog is way too cute to cover up.
  • The yellow die cut party hat is actually an ice cream cone from the Frozen Treats Thinlit Dies. Turn it upside down and you’ve got a perfect party hat! Now if only I had a little white pom pom.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings stamps and Party Animal DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Party Animal Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Balloon Adventures, Happy Happenings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Emerald Envy Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Frozen Treats Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Party Animal Embellishments, white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Shapes, Burlap Ribbon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Delightful Daisy DSP and All Things Thanks stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake

Delightful Daisy Floral Card

  • This Calypso Coral ribbon originally came in the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit and now it is back in the new Annual Catalog as a regular ribbon. Plus, there are two additional ombre ribbon colors: Island Indigo and Lemon Lime Twist!
  • Did someone tell Stampin’ Up! that this was my favorite ribbon and these were my three favorite colors? Because if someone did, I owe that person a fancy coffee with whipped cream and chocolate drizzled on top.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Delightful Daisy DSP and All Things Thanks stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, All Things Thanks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Flourish Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Aqua Painter or paint brush, white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Glitter Enamel Dots, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

The Whole Lineup

Isn’t it satisfying to see a whole set of cards all together? I certainly think so.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Succulent Garden DSP and All Things Thanks stamps from Stampin' Up!Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Affectionately Yours DSP from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Party Animal DSP and Happy Happenings stamps from Stampin' Up!Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Delightful Daisy DSP from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamps and Pick a Pattern from Stampin' Up!

 

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings stamps and Party Animal DSP from Stampin' Up! Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Delightful Daisy DSP and All Things Thanks stamps from Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

Last Chance!

TODAY is the LAST DAY! Don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of these special offers!

Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Product Shares are available at Stamp Witch Blog. Get all the new Papers, Ribbons, and Embellishments for a fraction of the cost!

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