New Catalog Sneak Peek Parade of Cards

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Birthday Delivery stamps with Carousel Birthday stamps from Stampin' Up!

New Catalog Sneak Peek Parade of Cards

I have been having way too much fun making cards with new stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!’s new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Wait, too much fun? That’s right, I’ve made so many awesome sneak peek cards to inspire you that I can’t possibly fit them all into their own individual posts. By the time I finished posting them all I’ll have even more cards to share.

This is a good problem to have! It means Stampin’ Up’s new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is really inspiring! It also means that you, dear readers, get to have a whole lot of inspiration all at once. Sweet!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Balloon Adventure stamps and Hello You Thinlits plus a SNEAK PEEK of Mini Chevron Ribbon from Stampin' Up!Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Succulent Garden DSP and a SNEAK PEEK of Birthday Delivery stamps from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Carousel Birthday stamps and a SNEAK PEEK of Eastern Palace DSP from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Pick a Pattern DSP and Pieces and Patterns stamps from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Birthday Delivery stamps with Carousel Birthday stamps from Stampin' Up!

It’s time for a parade of cards; make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see everything!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Succulent Garden DSP and a SNEAK PEEK of Birthday Delivery stamps from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Color inspiration: Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand, Basic Black

Sneak Peek: Birthday Delivery Card

This card is a bittersweet combination of stamps and paper I’m sad to see retire along with a brand new favorite stamp.

  • The sentiment comes from the Suite Sayings stamp set and will soon be retired. I just love how well it pairs with the poodle from the brand new Birthday Delivery stamp set. The shape fits in perfectly like a puzzle piece and the poodle looks thoughtful and is smiling!
  • I combined a very masculine paper (Urban Underground) with a very feminine one (Succulent Garden). I love the combination; it is still feminine without succumbing to “girly” stereotypes.
  • I colored the poodle with colored pencils to help her stand out against the background. White shows up nicely on any color paper AND if you add a layer of white colored pencil first, any other color will show up, too! That’s how I colored the bow: a layer of white and a layer of raspberry.
  • I had to extend the shape of my Lots of Labels tag to fit everything. To do this, die cut only half the image by leaving the other half sticking out of the cutting plates. After cutting it, turn it around, slide the die down, and cut the other half. Here’s a process picture:

Card making technique: How to extend your framelit die shapes with a Big Shot by Natalie Lapakko.

I’m also sad to say goodbye to Lace Doilies. These doilies are cut from cardstock and are Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other. They are very sturdy and it is easy to add color to them with sponges. I will miss these.

On the bright side, Flourish Thinlits, which I used to make the leaf shape, are returning next year!  Also returning: Lots of Labels Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, and Solid Black Baker’s Twine. Hooray!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Succulent Garden DSP and a SNEAK PEEK of Birthday Delivery stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Suite Sayings, NEW Birthday Delivery (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Lots of Labels Framelit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies, Flourish Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white and raspberry colored pencils, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, Lace Doilies (c) Stampin’ Up!

If you click on the images below, you can see the items used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

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Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Carousel Birthday stamps and a SNEAK PEEK of Eastern Palace DSP from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Color inspiration Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake, Basic Black

Sneak Peek: Eastern Palace Carousel Birthday Card Tips

This card is a CASE of one of my own cards from last summer. It was one of the first cards I made using Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper and this new card will be one of the last. I’m also saying a sad goodbye to the Carousel Birthday stamp set and Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.

I gave the card design a bit of an update with some NEW products from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog including Lemon Lime Twist ink and a strip of coordinating paper from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper collection.

  • When you CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) a card, you can copy as much or as little as you want! That means you can copy it exactly or you can make as many changes as you want to the colors, the layout, and the stamps and embellishments used. The purpose of CASEing is to get your creative juices flowing in whichever way is comfortable to you!
  • When making sponged background, ink up a sponge on the ink pad then rub the the sponge on a piece of scratch paper first! This helps you avoid blotches and shows you how dark the ink will be when you put it onto your real project. Start lighter than you think you want the color to be: you can always add more layers of ink to make it darker!
  • Confession: I don’t actually have Basic Black enamel shapes. I used some extra ones from the Brights pack and colored them with a black Sharpie marker. You can also color pearls or rhinestones with colored Sharpies to get more colorful gems! This is a great way to stretch your supplies!
  • In Color Enamel Shapes are retiring, but the main colors are back for another year!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Carousel Birthday stamps and a SNEAK PEEK of Eastern Palace DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper, NEW Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper  (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, NEW Lemon Lime Twist (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Carousel Birthday (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, Sharpie marker, Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, Brights Enamel Shapes

If you click on the images below, you can see the items 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 a SNEAK PEEK of Pick a Pattern DSP and Pieces and Patterns stamps from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand

Sneak Peek: Pick a Pattern Dinosaur Card Tips

I just love this new Pick and Pattern paper and the coordinating Pieces and Patterns stamp set. I had to start stamping with this right away! I’m a little sad to say goodbye to the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (and Lace Doilies which I am determined to use up)… but the sadness is definitely overshadowed by sweet, awesome DINOSAURS! (I wanted to use neon text here, but didn’t want to hurt your eyes with my excitement, so just use your imagination.)

  • The Pieces and Patterns stamp set comes with more than just dinosaurs. It also has a camera, a bear, a flower, sentiments (one of which I used here), and other stamps that coordinate with the patterns in the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. This coordination makes card making so easy!
  • I stamped the dinosaur stamp onto Crumb Cake cardstock with Crumb Cake ink to create a subtle pattern for the top portion of the this card. Tone on tone stamping is a great background technique. For an even more subtle look, you could “stamp off” the stamp first. That means you stamp it once on scratch paper before stamping onto your card and the image is much lighter. For an even more subtler-than-subtle look, you could stamp the images with clear VersaMark ink. This takes whatever color cardstock you are stamping on and makes it just one shade darker.
  • I’ve colored my enamel shapes with Black Sharpie again. I was on a roll!
  • Dimensionals can pull double duty by popping up your sentiment AND holding down the ends of the Linen Thread.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Pick a Pattern DSP and Pieces and Patterns stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

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

Paper: Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, NEW Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Crumb Cake (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: NEW Pieces and Patterns (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat tool, Linen Thread, Lace Doilies, Sharpie marker, any color Enamel Shapes (c) Stampin’ Up!

If you click on the images below, you can see the items 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 a Balloon Adventure stamps and Hello You Thinlits plus a SNEAK PEEK of Mini Chevron Ribbon from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Basic Black

Sneak Peek: Balloon Adventures Card Tips

This card features two of my favorites that are retiring: Balloon Adventure stamps and Hello You Thinlit Dies. I love the cheerful, happy look of both the scrolling die cut words and the graphic patterned balloons. I just had to use them one more time.

To cheer myself up, I also added a sneak peek of a new ribbon from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Check out the Mini Chevron Ribbon! This is a nice thick ribbon, soft, and easy to tie. It will be available in Crushed Curry, Old Olive, and Bermuda Bay. Wahoo!

  • My background is watercolor paper, stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder. On top of that, I colored zigzag lines with Flirty Flamingo, Tangerine Tango, and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers. With a watercolor paintbrush (an AquaPainter would work, too) I spread water back and forth across the marker lines to turn it into a wash.
  • Adding more ink makes watercolor washes darker, more water makes them lighter. Experiment with how thick and close together your marker lines are or with how much water you add.
  • Some people hate off kilter panels, some people love them. I switch back and forth because I like diversity. Diagonal lines give art a sense of movement and action (and are more lighthearted). Horizontal and vertical lines give artwork a strong sense of stability (and are more serious). With a background of balloons flying away, I went with tilted panels on this card and even used a crooked sentiment to add to the feeling of action; these balloons are going, going, gone!

While it makes me sad to say goodbye to some things that are retiring, it also is a really good excuse to use them one more time. As a bonus, using many of my favorite stamps, papers, and dies all on one card means that I usually really like the card in the end. This is now one of my new favorite cards!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a Balloon Adventure stamps and Hello You Thinlits plus a SNEAK PEEK of Mini Chevron Ribbon from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Watercolor paper, Pop of Pink Designer Series Specialty Paper, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Balloon Adventures (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Flirty Flamingo, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush or Aquapainter, white embossing powder, heat tool, NEW Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon (c) Stampin’ Up!

If you click on the images below, you can see the items 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 Carousel Birthday stamps and a SNEAK PEEK of Birthday Delivery stamps from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Color Inspiration: Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Peekaboo Peach, Sahara Sand

Sneak Peek: Birthday Delivery Card Tips

Sometimes cards just don’t go as planned. Sometimes that is a good thing. I had intended to use this poodle from the new Birthday Delivery stamp set on the very first card I shared with you. I had her all cut out and everything. (Fussy cut, that is. There are coordinating dies coming out, but I don’t have them yet. They will be well worth it.) Then I thought I wanted to stamp in black instead so the image would stand out more and be better coordinated with all the other black accents in that card.

The ferris wheel from Carousel Birthday was supposed to go with a different card. I had all the pieces cut out, but they didn’t look quite right, so I hadn’t glued them together yet. I was intending to come back and fix it later.

I realized that for both of the poodle and the ferris wheel, I stamped the image with tone-on-tone colors, where the ink matched the paper. If they were in a card together, they would be unified by that same stamping technique! And so I combined two failed cards into one awesome card. Happy ending.

  • Save your extra stamped or die cut scraps in a bin, drawer, or basket. From time to time, check the basket and see if any of the scraps could be combined in new and exciting ways.
  • Unity is a sense that a piece of art goes together. Though they are both from different stamp sets, these images also have a similar style. They both have a vintage feel, a similar level of detail and realism, and the line quality is the same. I boosted the unity even farther by using the same stamping technique for both images and the sentiment (from Balloon Adventures).
  • It is difficult to combine stamps from different sets if the art style of the images is very different; for example, a cartoony image wouldn’t go very well with a realistic image, even if the stamping style was the same.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Birthday Delivery stamps with Carousel Birthday stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand, Peekaboo Peach (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Carousel Birthday, Balloon Adventures, NEW Birthday Delivery (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Lots of Labels Framelit Dies, COMING SOON Birthday Friends Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, rhinestones, Lace Doilies, Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack (c) Stampin’ Up!

If you click on the images below, you can see the items used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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4 thoughts on “New Catalog Sneak Peek Parade of Cards”

  1. Thanks for sharing your parade of cards. As always, they are wonderful. My favourite is the second one with the Eastern Palace lime twist paper.

  2. Thank you for sharing your ideas and creativity, I love this post! I really appreciate how you added some design techniques, as well. I feel I’ve been in a design slump lately, but it helps having some concrete ideas to launch from. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment! I’m so glad you liked the post! I hope your slump ends soon, sometimes it helps to just make something, even if you don’t like how it turns out. Sometimes when I feel like that, I don’t worry about making whole cards and just make backgrounds or die cut a bunch of pieces I can use later. Good luck!

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