Yellow Rose Wonder +10 Cards that Inspire Me

The Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stanpin’ Up! are SO beautiful! They create such a nice bold outline and such a beautiful image. They are naturally so lovely that you don’t have to do anything to it to make it a gorgeous card. You can literally cut one out in any color paper and glue it straight on a blank white card and it will be beautiful.

Since this is such a strong image making a card that looks unique and different from what anyone else has made is actually a bit of a challenge. First, the image takes up a lot of space, so there isn’t a lot of left over room to work with. Second, you want the rose to stand out, so you have to be careful to choose backgrounds that are not too distracting; most patterned papers won’t work. Third, this set is so popular that everyone and their aunt has already tried the basics (not that the basics aren’t lovely).

After much deliberation and testing, and many, many drafts later I finally came up with a Rose Garden card that was truly my own.

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Fancy, right? Here’s how I made it, if you’s like to make one too:

  1. Layer Basic Black Card 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half, Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4, and Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper 3 3/4 x 5.
  2. Use Project Life Corner Rounder Punch to add curved corners to all layers before adhering them together.
  3. Use the large Rose Garden Die to cut a black rose. Cut off the larger of the two leaves. Use tiny pieces of dimensionals to adhere the rose to the card.
  4. Add a thin strip of basic black, a 1/2 inch wide.
  5. Stamp the rose frame from the Four Frames* stamp set and the sentiment from the What I Love* stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black. Color in the roses with a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. *These are both (c) Stampin’ Up! sets, but are sadly retired.
  6. Punch out the frame and sentiment with the Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up! and attach it to the black strip using dimensionals.
  7. Add a 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White layer inside the card. Punch corners with the Project Life Corner Punch.
  8. If desired, glue the extra leaf you cut off the rose to the inside as an embellishment.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Four Frames, What I Love stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

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And now… I present to you some of my favorite cards made with the Rose Garden Thinlit dies! I selected each of these because they were unique and beautiful. All of these artists are thinking outside the box and coming up with great new ideas for ways to use this die.

Click the artist’s names to visit the exact blog page where they posted their amazing cards! Don’t forget to leave them comments telling them how awesome they are!

Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave

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Dena has an amazing tutorial on how to create the stained glass look in the above card. Knowing how to do this technique will be super useful if you want to CASE her card or any of the stained glass cards below.

Dena Rekow of the Creativity Cave (again)

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Sharlene Meyer of Magpie Creates

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Beth McAlexander of Card Creations by Beth

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Rachel Tessman of Stamp Your Art Out

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Alison Solven of Stamp Crazy with Alison

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Shelly Godby of Stamping Smiles

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Genna Giford of The Stampers’ Mess

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Mary Deatherage of Stamps-N-Lingers

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Patsy Waggoner of Stamps to Die For

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Thanks to ALL of you for inspiring me!

 

Thanks a Leaf

In addition to online challenges,  my amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jan V, issues challenges for our card club each month. One of the challenges was to try a new technique that we’ve never used before. Exciting!

I have not done very much with sponging; I’ve only done a sky background once or twice on a card at club. I’ve NEVER used a stencil before.

I heard that you could make your own stencils out of vellum and framelit dies, so I decided to give that a try.

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This was my process:

  1. Cut a sheet of vellum into quarters.
  2. Use Leaflets Framelit Dies to cut leaf shapes in the middle. This is now my stencil.
  3. Position the stencil over a white card, in the orientation that I wanted.
  4. Use Washi tape on one edge to hold both the white card and the stencil in place. This prevents slips and lets you lift up the stencil to check your progress. The washi tape does not damage the paper.
  5. Use a piece of sponge to dab on the lightest color first, then the next lightest, then the darkest. The colors will mix, so choose colors that are analogous (near each other on the color wheel) to avoid getting muddy browns when colors are mixed.

For a two-tone greeting:

  1. Ink the greeting in the lighter color first.
  2. Hold the greeting at a slight angle and touch gently to the darker color ink pad. Only the top or bottom of the saying should contact the pad.
  3. CHECK your stamp before stamping! There may have been a little added ink around the edge of the stamp. Clean this off before stamping on your lovely card!

 

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Tip:

If you plan on using the same stencil for more than one image, wait for the ink on the stencil to dry before stamping the second one! Ink takes longer to dry on vellum than on paper. If you try it when the ink is still wet, you could get dark ink on your light colored sponge and ink pad or on your card.
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I liked this technique quite a lot. It was much easier than I expected and the results are stunning.  The edges are so crisp and clean. I would definitely recommend trying this!

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(That’s right, no orange! Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder made a lovely mix!)

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Leaflets Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge pieces, Vellum

 

Happy Birthday Botanicals

This is a birthday card I made for my mom, who got me started stamping. I created a card and decorated her gift with coordinating flowers created with the Botanical Builders Framelit Dies from Stampin’ Up!

Petals up or petals down? One of the flowers creates petals with a sort of halo, or second petal layer around them. I’ve been experimenting with these. Sometimes I put the petals down and leave the halo up (like on the Pool Party flower on the gift) and other times I do the opposite (like with the Melon Mambo flower on the card).

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Pattern Bonanza! Instead of using the coordinating stamp set on the leaves and flowers, I added my own patterns. With Stampin’ Write Markers, I opted to add stripes and polka dots, which gives the flowers a little more pop, like in Pop Art. I think it makes these flowers a little less serious and a little more whimsical. It might seem intimidating to break away from stamps and draw freehand, but these patterns are so easy to draw and so darn cute!

A little lift!  These Botanical Builder dies are so great for adding depth to a card. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise some of them up off the background paper. I also curled the edges of both petals and leaves the lift them up even farther. For flowers with multiple layers, each layer of petals is more and more curled so the inside layers have the most lift of all.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Old Olive, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Project Life Corner Punch, Botanical Builders Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Old Olive (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

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This card was inspired by the Paper Players Challenge #292. Unfortunately my card making and posting schedules didn’t quite line up for me to get this linked up to the challenge before it ended. However, this layout is so just so wonderful I had to make a card for it anyway.

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I made some of my own patterned paper using stamps from the Create A Cupcake and Hello, both (c) Stampin’ Up! The sentiment also comes from Create A Cupcake. The background was embossed with the Alphabet Press embossing folder (c) Stampin’ Up.

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This card was incredibly simple to make, and I love the layout. This would be a great card for a swap or other occasion when you need to make large numbers of cards.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Alphabet Press Textured Embossing Folder (c) Stampin’ Up!

B is for Birthday, Z is for Zebra

I am in a birthday kind of mood. There are several birthdays coming up in my family and friend group in the next month, so I’ve had lots and lots of birthday ideas floating around in my head. Since I have been so birthday focused, it seemed like a good time to play along with a Seize the Birthday Challenge. Their theme this week is “Anything Goes”.

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My mom got me into stamping by convincing me to join her card club. We often share stamp sets and trade back and forth, effectively doubling the number of stamp sets we have access to. I recently borrowed the Zoo Babies stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up! from her. They are so cute! They are perfect for birthdays, baby showers, and many other occasions. I’ve been using them in all kinds of cards! I decided wanted to do a card that featured a zebra from that set.

Next, card I dug through my Basket of Lost Dreams. What’s that, you ask? It’s a basket (or bucket or box) of papers that were stamped or cut for other projects and never got used. I often stamp multiples trying to choose the best color, or get carried away with builder punches and punch out a whole sheet of balloons when I only really need one. I used to call this my scrap pile, until I learned that Brian King (one of my favorite card artists) also has a bucket of scraps like this, but he calls it his the Bucket of Lost Dreams. What a great idea! I’ll have to send him a nickle…

Anyway, I found several “lost dreams” in black, white, and vellum. These seemed perfect for a zebra’s birthday party! There was even a birthday hat, stamped and ready to go.

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I needed a little splash of color to coordinate with the zebra’s birthday hat, so I added a skinny stripe of Watermelon Wonder around the edge. What size makes a “skinny” stripe? I’m so glad you asked.

Recipe for a Perfect Skinny Border:

  1. Card Size (black): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
  2. Outer Panel (pink): 5 1/4 x 4 inches (or the previous size, minus 1/4 inch)
  3. Inner Panel (white): 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (or the previous size minus 1/8 inch)

There we have it, an Anything Goes, Lost Dreams, Skinny Stripe, Zebra Birthday Bash card!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies, Word Bubble Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, Dimensionals