Happy Happenings are Better Together

DIY Wedding theme cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings and Better Together stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Happy Happenings are Better Together

I used two of my favorite sentiment stamps sets today to create a pair of coordinated wedding themed cards. The Better Together card is a traditional wedding card, while the Happy Happenings card uses coordinating colors for either a bridal shower or bachelorette party card.

I love color, and when I think of weddings, I think first of the bright colors of the flowers and decorations. I love to see the colors with which people choose to surround themselves on their special day.

DIY Wedding theme cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings and Better Together stamp sets from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Black

I, of course, chose two very bright colors for my projects today: Sweet Sugarplum and Calypso Coral. These two stand alone for a somewhat more traditional wedding card and I paired them up with black for a more funky feel.

DIY Wedding theme cards featuring Happy Happenings and Better Together stamp sets from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

International Blog Highlights Inspiration

This card was inspired by the theme of Weddings over at Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights.

Kylie's International Blog Highlight

There are a whole bunch of awesome wedding ideas in this highlight, so head on over and take a look. While you’re there, don’t forget to vote for your favorite project!

The top ten will participate in a winners blog hop next month. Thank you to everyone who voted for my project last time, it was such an honor to be part of the hop last time!

If you haven’t seen the winners’ blog hop from last week, make sure you go check it out.

DIY Wedding theme cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings and Better Together stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

DIY Wedding theme cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings and Better Together stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Wedding Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Sweet Sugarplum card base.
  2. Next, cut a Calypso Coral panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of watercolor paper 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. On the watercolor paper panel, stamp roses from the Better Together stamp set in VersaMark ink.
  5. Sprinkle white (or clear) embossing powder over the VersaMark stamped images, tap of any excess, and heat it with a heating tool until the powder is melted.
  6. Color over the stamped images with zigzag lines of Calypso Coral at the top and Sweet Sugarplum at the bottom using Stampin’ Write Markers.
  7. Use a watercolor paintbrush or an Aqua Painter to blend the marker lines. Wait for that layer to dry or use a heat tool to speed it along.
  8. Add additional color to the petals of the flowers using the same markers. I just drew a spiral with one of the colors and filled in a couple of random petals with the opposite color. You don’t need to worry about being really precise!
  9. Use the watercolor brush or Aqua Painter to blend the colors in each petal. If you use only a little bit of water, the embossed lines will prevent the colors from each individual petal from mixing with the petals nearby.
  10. Cut a strip of of Calypso Coral 1″ (2.5 cm) wide. On this strip, stamp the sentiment from Better Together in VersaMark ink. Add white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat.
  11. Trim one end of the strip to make a banner shape.
  12. Cut a second banner of the same size from Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
  13. Adhere the Succulent Garden banner to the watercolor paper at a slight angle, then adhere the sentiment banner using dimensionals. Trim the edge of both banners to match the edge of the watercolor paper.
  14. Adhere the watercolor and Calypso Coral panels the the card base.
  15. Add a couple of rhinestones for some sparkle!

For perfectly symmetrical banner ends every time, first cut a slit up the center of the strip of paper. Then, cut a straight line from each of the bottom corners up to the slit.

Emboss resist watercolor wedding card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings and Better Together stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Shower Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Calypso Coral card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of Urban Underground Designer Series Paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a strip of Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper 2″ (5 cm) wide. Adhere this to the Urban Underground panel and trim the ends of the strip to match the width of the panel.
  4. Wrap Calypso Coral ombre ribbon from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit around the Succulent Garden strip and tie it in a bow. Then, adhere the entire panel to the card base.
  5. On a piece of Basic Black cardstock, stamp the sentiment from Happy Happenings with VersaMark ink.
  6. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the sentiment, tap off the excess, and then heat it with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  7. Use the square shape from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Die, tilted at a slight angle to die cut the sentiment. Die cut another square of the same size from Basic Gray cardstock.
  8. Use dimensionals to adhere the two squares to the card. While the square shapes should be tilted, the sentiment itself should be straight in relation to the edges of the card.
  9. Punch out several flower shapes from Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, and Whisper White cardstock using the Blossom Bunch Punch.
  10. Use a small circular hole punch to add holes to the center of the colorful flowers, then adhere them to a white flower so white shows through the holes. Punch one hole for the smallest flowers and a trio of holes for the larger sizes; this mimics the pattern of the flowers in the designer series paper.
  11. If desired, curve up the edges of the flower petals.
  12. Arrange the flowers around the sentiment, then adhere them. Use dimensionals on some of the flowers to add depth.

Wedding shower or bachelorette card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Happy Happenings and Better Together stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Edgy Color Combinations

Okay, so Calypso Coral and Sweet Sugarplum by themselves aren’t exactly edgy colors, but they are a little less traditional for a wedding than white with either silver or gold.

Once you add a little black, though, they have much more sass! I love the combination of the sweet Succulent Garden patterns with the edgy Urban Underground patterns. These papers together have an attitude that is totally feminine, but not at all girly.

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Black

Materials

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper, Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Better Together, Happy Happenings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Blossom Bunch Punch, small circular hole punch, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stmapin’ Up!

Other: Calypso Coral ombre ribbon (Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit), dimensionals, rhinestones, white embossing powder, heat tool (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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