Stamp Review: Merry Café

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Merry Cafe stamps from Stampin' Up!

Stamp Review: Merry Café

Merry Café is a holiday addition to the Coffee Café Suite from the annual catalog. If you’ve already got the adorable paper, stamps, and dies, getting this set will probably be a no-brainer.

But I don’t have all the other things from the Coffee Café set (I did previously borrow them once from a good friend) and I bought this stamp set anyway because it is adorable and it stands on it’s own really well. If you are going to cup out the cup and the lid, the shapes are pretty easy to fussy cut. I also love that many of the stamps are not specifically just for coffee, so I can make a card for my coffee loving sisters and still have non-coffee options for other people all season long.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Merry Cafe stamps from Stampin' Up!

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop

In case you are unfamiliar, a blog hop is an event where several bloggers post on the same topic then link their blog posts together in a circle.

In today’s blog hop the Stamp Review Crew is featuring project ideas that use the Merry Café stamp set. Follow the Next buttons at the bottom of each post to visit each blog in order and see all the amazing projects the artists in the Stamp Review Crew have made to inspire you!

You can also click the banner below to visit the Stamp Review Crew’s home page, which goes live Monday morning the day of the hop. There you will find a full list of the participating artists and their post links in case you get lost along the way. You can also find all of the Crew’s past blog hops for even more inspiration!

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Merry Cafe stamps from Stampin' Up!

Hello Fall Card

Here’s a card that doesn’t use the coffee cup image to show how versatile this stamp set can be! I think that most of the layout for this card is pretty easy to figure out, but I wanted to share how I made the faded leafy background.

To achieve the fading look to the leaves in the background, I first stamped a one third of the section of leaves in Sahara Sand at full strength. In that section, the leaves are fairly close together. Then I filled up the rest of the area with leaves that I stamped off once on scratch paper (this is also called second generation stamping). In the upper two thirds, faded section, I spaced out the leaves a little more.

For the full strength leaves, I added accents with a white gel pen. These accents look a bit like stripes or veins in the leaves. In the middle layer of the faded leaves, I added one layer with white accents that used only dots of white (a reduced version of the stripes). The top third has no white accents at all.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Merry Cafe stamps from Stampin' Up!

A Cup of Cheer Card

In this card I combined Merry Café stamps with a favorite from last year’s holiday catalog: Paisleys and Posies. I love the intricate patterns in that stamp set and thought they would be beautiful on a coffee cup.

This card has a couple fun accents that I wanted to point out, so you can try them at home!

First, the cup from Merry Café  is really easy to cut out. That means that it is also really easy to stamp patterns all over it, even if the patterns go way outside the lines like the paisley stamps did here. Then, it is super simple to fussy cut it out without any of the pattern leaking out into a die-cut border along the outer edge of the cup.

Second, the snowflakes in the back are stamped with Craft Whisper White ink. Sometimes I like the crispness you get with white embossing powder, like on the cup, at other times it is nice to have a more faded look. I should note that my Craft Whisper White is in need of a refill, so my snowflakes might seem a little more faded than normal. If you have a fresh ink pad, you may want to try stamping off to get it even more faded.

Third, a little sparkle goes a long way! I added some clear Wink of Stella to a few areas on the cup and to the word “Cheer”. It gives the card a hint of something-special. It’s one of those details that makes a homemade card extra awesome to receive and makes people say, “Ooh, how did she do that?”

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Merry Cafe stamps from Stampin' Up!


Many of the materials are similar for these two cards, so I’ll combine them into one list for today.

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

Paper: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Craft Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Merry Café, Paisleys and Posies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Linen Thread, Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon, Iridescent Sequins, Foil Snowflakes, Brights Enamel Dots, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, white gel pen

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Hop Around the World

Click the buttons below to visit the rest of the amazing artists in this blog hop for even more inspiration! Next up is the amazing Holly Stene!

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Other Projects You Might Enjoy

Click the photos below to view more projects. Each photo will link back to the original post for that project.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Coffee Cafe stamps from Stampin' Up!

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Homemade card and DIY box by Natalie Lapakko with Eastern Beauty stamps and Naturally Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Baby cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Badges and Banners and Tabs for Everything Stamps from Stampin' Up!




25 thoughts on “Stamp Review: Merry Café”

  1. Awesome cards, Natalie! Love your fade technique. The white editions are really striking! The white stamped snowflakes on the second card are a great background for that coffee cup!

  2. Beautiful cards, Natalie! I love the fade technique on the first card. How cool! On the second card, Pool Party and Crumb Cake are such awesome colors together-I LOVE that coffee cup!

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