Jolly Friends All Year Long

Jolly Friends All Year Long featuring two cards using the Jolly Friends stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Jolly Friends All Year Long

If you have the Jolly Friends stamp set, don’t pack it up for next Christmas just yet! There are lots of ways to use these stamps all year long.

Today I’m sharing two cards that use retiring papers and stamps from Stampin’ Up! The new catalog goes live sometime today, but while we wait (patiently or impatiently) I thought I’d share two last projects with some of my favorites from the holiday catalog. Make sure to scroll all the way down for the second card!

Challenge Inspiration

My first card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #68!

I was inspired by the theme of a bunch of balloons, but gave it a fun twist by making ox head balloons instead of regular ones. The bow became baker’s twine on my card instead of ribbon.

I also loved the bright Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy contrasted against the neutral Kraft… but I added a whole rainbow of colors in between to create a sunset look.

Baby card with Jolly Friends stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Card Directions

  1. Cut and crease a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Sponge colors onto the white cardstock starting with So Saffron. Blend into Pool Party and Night of Navy as you go up to the top of the card. Blend in Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder as you go toward the bottom of the card.
  4. Using Memento Tuxedo Black, stamp balloon strings using from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set onto the background. Photopolymer stamps are easy to curve, making the strings look like they are being blown by a breeze.
  5. Stamp the sentiment from Suite Sayings to the right of the balloon strings.
  6. Adhere the background to the card base.
  7. Wrap the two types of Basic Black baker’s twine twice around the card and tie in a bow.
  8. Stamp the Jolly Friends fox onto Crumb Cake cardstock with Basic Black ink. Using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, add a small triangle under the fox’s chin to turn him into a balloon.
  9. Fussy cut out the fox balloon shapes. You can save time on the foxes in the back by punching them out with a Fox Builder Punch, as long as the neck of the balloon is overlapped behind another balloon.
  10. Color the fox balloons with a Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker. I shaded mine darker on top, since the light is coming from below.
  11. Add white accents to the cheek of the fox balloons using a white gel pen or white colored pencil.
  12. Arrange the fox balloons. Adhere the farther back ones directly to the background and the closer up ones using dimensionals; this adds depth to the balloons.
  13. Add a couple of rhinestones around the sentiment for some added sparkle. I find that arranging “bling” in a triangle works well for balance, as long as none of the corners of the triangle line up vertically or horizontally. I also like to vary the sizes and to pair up a baby bling with a larger bling to add variety.

When blending ink backgrounds, dab ink onto the sponge then apply to the paper using circular rubbing motions. After applying ink to the sponge, always blot it on a piece of scratch paper first to avoid dark blotches.

Baby card by Natalie Lapakko with Jolly Friends stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Color Combination

This is a bright and cheerful rainbow color combination. Might of Navy contrasts the other colors because it is so dark. This actually helps the lighter colors look brighter in comparison, like an actual sun is shining out of the paper.

Color Inspiration: Night of Navy, Pool Party, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder + Crumb Cake

Materials

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy, Pool Party, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Suite Sayings, Balloon Celebrations, Jolly Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Sahara Sand, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, dimensionals, white gel pen, Black Baker’s Twine, Solid Black Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!

Bonus Jolly Friends Card

Since I was one a roll and had a little extra time in my crafting evening, I went ahead and made a second Jolly Friends card using many of the same materials as the first one.

I also added in a lovely striped pattern that I haven’t gotten a chance to use yet from the Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Paper collection. Paired up with Navy and an adorable little fox face, I think this makes a great card for a little boy.

I do have a little boy and I love making him interactive cards. Whenever I give him a card, he immediately asks, “What does it do?” I might have to add a pop-up to this one at some point so he isn’t disappointed.

Masculine card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Jolly Friends stamps and Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up!

Directions

  1. Cut and score a Night of Navy card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Paper 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 3/4″ (1.8 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Adhere these three layers together with the upper panels rotated at a slight angle.
  5. With Night of Navy ink, stamp the sentiment from Suite Sayings onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Die cut this out with Layering Oval Framelits.
  6. Die cut a striped oval of the same size as well as a coordinating Night of Navy scalloped oval. Adhere these two layers together.
  7. Stamp a Jolly Friends fox onto Crumb Cake and color it in using a Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker.
  8. Fussy Cut out the fox head and color the edges with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
  9. Adhere the ovals and the fox head to the card using dimensionals. Remember that when different layers are popped up on top of other layers, support the top layers with additional dimensionals below the bottom layers! Fos example, the fox head in this card is actually supported by 3 layers of dimensionals. one for each layer. This prevents the card from getting squished flat in the mail.

Boy card by Natalie Lapakko with Jolly Friends stamp set and Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up!

Color Combination

This color combination comes from the Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Paper stripes. It’s a spectrum of colors, but is is a darker, jewel toned rainbow. This is a great color combination for Fall and Winter and depending on the colors it is paired with can make a great masculine card.

As a fun experiment, try replacing all the Night of Navy cardstock with Rich Razzleberry cardstock. It turns this whole card from a masculine feel to a more feminine one without actually changing the color scheme!

Color inspiration: Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla

There is also a little bit of Cajun Craze and Soft Suede in the stripes, but I ran out of hats to fit all those colors!

Materials

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Suite Sayings, Jolly Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Fox Builder Punch, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Sahara Sand, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

More Projects

Here are some more projects from my blog that you may enjoy. Click on an image to visit the individual post about that project!

Baby card by Natalie Lapakko with Jolly Friends stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake, and Sahara Sand, Masculine card by Natalie Lapakko with Jolly Friends stamps and Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede.

Other Cards You Might Enjoy

Click on a card to view the post about that individual card.

6 thoughts on “Jolly Friends All Year Long”

  1. Well I’m officially in love with your card! I adore colour and the background you’ve created is amazing. Add in some twine, bling and shine and I’m head over heels. Thanks so much for joining in with the Global Design Project this week. I’m so honoured to have you CASE my card!

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