Change Up a Card Design

Gifts of Christmas Stamp SetDon’t you just love this Christmas Card?  This is the Gifts of Christmas stamp set and I just love it embossed in silver and mounted onto Night of Navy, Brushed Silver and Whisper White Cardstock!  The Night of Navy Cardstock was embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder on the Big Shot.  The ladies at Tammy’s party last Saturday made this card and loved it!

Stampin' Up Gifts of ChristmasHere is the same exact card, I just changed up the colors (actually I first saw the design done just like this from another stamper – really wish I could take the credit!).  This time the card was made using Bravo Burgundy, Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla cardstock.  The stamped image is embossed with gold embossing powder.  We are going to be making this version of the card for Christmas Card Making Class IV on Thursday, November 19 and I know it will be a hit.  (Embossing is always fun!!)

I had a little bit of time to just sit down and play around today.  I wanted to get in some extra practice on one of the techniques I’ll be teaching in the Stampin’ Technique Club this Thursday evening.  Once I had that done I wanted to use the technique in a card, first because it looked neat, and second because I wanted to have a good sample to show the club members.  Here is what I made.

Classic Sketches Stamp SetThe stamp set I used here is Classic Sketches (which I just realized is retired).  To be quite honest with you, I bought this stamp set only because it tied in with our VBS theme last summer, for no other reason.  I think I’ve used it for one card that wasn’t related to VBS.  When I was working on this card, however, I couldn’t think of any stamp set I wanted to use other than this one.

Doesn’t this make a great card for a guy?  As with most of us, I too have a harder time making masculine cards sometimes.  It’s always so much easier to pull out the flower stamps!

With this card I used the same exact design idea as the previous two cards, I just added and changed a little.  Instead of using Petals-A-Plenty I used one of the Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds Texture Plates.  Since the stamped image was smaller I decided to add some gold brads along the side to drawn out the gold in the card and add a little more texture.  Once again, it’s a case of taking a good design and using it over and over with different colors and stamps.  Once you’ve found a good thing, don’t be afraid to hang on to it!

Oh, what will the Technique Club be learning?  We’re going to learn to make that marbleized paper you see!  I can’t wait to show them!  Why don’t you join us?  If you’re a little unsure about the club, go ahead and visit us this month and see if you like it.  If so, then you can join, if not, at least you’ll have learned 4 new techniques.

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  1. WOW! Great stuff. I am always searching for masculine designs. This is a great idea.

  2. Debra Flesher-Bratt

    Where can I get this dove stamp?

    • Hi Debra,

      I’m afraid that stamp set is retired and no longer for sale unless you can find someone willing to see their used stamp set.


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