Large Letters for Creative Types
Today’s card features Large Letters Framelit Dies in bright colors. With a simple background you can easily make a fun and cheerful card!
This card is simple enough to make with a class or en masse for a card swap or a gift set. It is really easy to customize with whichever word best suits the recipient. You can also change the colors scheme as desired. There is no designer series paper in this card, so there is no need to stick with these particular colors; it’s a great chance to try out new color schemes.
This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #87!
I had a lot of days to think about this challenge before I actually got a chance to make anything. At first I was thinking only about baking themes, but the more I thought about the “making” part of this challenge the more I was reminded of ALL the great creative hobbies people have.
This resulted in a whole series of encouraging cards for the different creative types in my life! Now I just wish I had a knitting themed stamp for the background so I could make a “Knit” card, too!
- First, cut a Smoky Slate card base.
- Next, cut a colorful panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base. Choose one of the colors you will be using for the letters.
- Then, cut a Smoky Slate panel 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
- On the Smoky Slate panel, stamp a pattern using Smoky Slate ink. The stamp sets I used for my cards were Birthday Delivery (the cake) and Crafting Forever (pens and paintbrushes). You can use either random stamping patterns or geometric patterns, both work equally well.
- Die cut letters from colorful cardstock using the Large Letters framelit dies. I used Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Sweet Sugarplum for my letters.
- Arrange the letters on the stamped Smoky Slate layer. If needed, use a ruler or another straight edge along the bottom of the letters to make sure they are lined up straight. Finally, adhere the letters. For simplicity, I used liquid glue. You could also use dimensionals for additional depth; it would look awesome, but it would take a little longer.
- Finally, adhere the stamped Smoky Slate and colorful layers layers to the card base.
If you want a lighter pattern in the background, try stamping off your stamps on scratch paper before stamping on the background. This is also called 2nd generation stamping. For comparison, I used this technique on my “Write” card.
New Tints Color Combination
Once I found out what the new designer series paper colors would be, I did an inventory of my cardstock to determine which colors I would need to get more of. I ended up ordering these colors. When they all arrived, they looked so pretty together, I had to use them in a card!
These colors all work together because they are all tints, or colors mixed with white. They also have a similar intensity. The Tangerine Tango is perhaps a little more intense than the rest of the colors. I could have used Calypso Coral instead, but I liked the little bit brighter pop that Tangerine Tango provided. It added just a bit of contrast.
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum, Smoky Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Smoky Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Crafting Forever, Birthday Delivery (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Large Letters Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
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