Pansy Petals Triple DSP Cards

Pansy Petals Triple DSP Lead Photo

What’s better than a paper sale? How about some new fun ways to use those papers! With these Pansy Petals Triple DSP Cards, the DSP does all the work for you!

Today’s Blog Hop is all about Fun With Patterned Papers, or as we in the Stampin’ Up! world call it, Designer Series Paper (DSP).

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Pansy Petal Triple DSP Cards

My card for today features three different patterns from the Pansy Petals DSP.

Pansy Patch Triple DSP Lead Photo


This card is inspired by a birthday card I received from my friend, Peggy, in Arizona. It was on display at my Open House last weekend, and another of my friends was wondering how you would cut the DSP for this. Liz sends a lot of cards, so I thought it would be good to show how to cut this to have DSP for THREE cards at one time.

Let’s Cut DSP!

I know it’s really hard to cut into that beautiful DSP we all have hoarded, but let’s do it!

First, I cut three 3 3/4″ x 5″ pieces of coordinating DSP. I’m using DSP from the Pansy Petals Suite, which is currently on sale!

Mark the edges of the lightest colored piece using a pencil and ruler. On the right side, mark at 1 1/4″ from the top edge and 1 1/4″ from the bottom edge. On the left side, mark at 2″ from the top edge and 2″ from the bottom edge.

Layer all three pieces together and cut them all at one time. You may need to run your blade back and forth a couple of times to cut through all three layers. Cut from the top mark on the right to the top mark on the left. Then cut from the bottom mark on the right to the bottom mark on the left.

You’ll have nine pieces of DSP. I cut three pieces of Basic White cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and glued these pieces onto them, mixing and matching the pieces. Trim any overhanging edges as needed.

The Details

In these cards, the beautiful DSP does all the work. The only thing needed is a simple sentiment to finish it off, and the Double Oval Punch is perfect for this. I simply punched the scalloped oval from the same color cardstock as the card bases, and added the Thank You stamped and punched from Basic White with the smaller oval from the same punch.

Pansy Petals Triple DSP Detail

Making the cards

The ABSOLUTE BEST thing about Stampin’ Up! is their color coordination! It’s what persuaded me to become a demonstrator 17 years ago. Each package of DSP has the coordinating colors listed on the back of the package. I pulled a few colors to mix and match with the DSP. The card bases are 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, folded in half, and the layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Which one is your favorite?

The first card has an Evening Evergreen base and Soft Succulent layer. The second has a Calypso Coral base and Soft Sea Foam layer. And, the last one has an Evening Evergreen base with Calypso Coral layer.

No card is complete without bling!

The two Evening Evergreen cards are embellished with the new 2021-2023 In-Color jewels, and the Calypso Coral card is embellished with the 2020-2022 In-Color Square Gems.

Let’s Hop!

Let’s see what fun ideas my friends in Australia have for using DSP. Visit their blogs by clicking on the links below.

It’s a DSP sale!

Stampin’ Up! is currently having a sale on DSP. Save 15% on any of the following papers, including the one I’m using, until August 2nd! Prices shown below are BEFORE 15% discount.

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Thanks for stopping by

I hope you enjoyed these cards. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite in the comments below. If you’re in the USA and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to fill that gap.

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Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder

Bloom Hybrid EF Sympathy Card

Today’s Blog Hop features Embossing Folders and different ways to use them. I’m using the new Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder to make a Sympathy Card.

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A Card Everyone Can Use

As I get older, I find I need sympathy cards more frequently. Although I love making cards, I really don’t like making these because it means one of my friends or family is hurting. But, while I am making these cards, I’m thinking of, and praying for the recipient….. praying for strength and comfort, and I hope that helps in some small way.

Embossing Folders – Not Just For Backgrounds

I feel that embossing folders work quite well for sympathy cards. Instead of using them as a background, I allow them be the focal point. I also think all-white cards make pretty sympathy cards. They are classy and elegant.

All White Card

To make this card, I used the Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder on a white panel slightly smaller than my white card and used Dimensionals under the three die cut flowers.

All White Sympathy Card 2

Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder

The Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder is different than our other embossing folders. It has a set of dies that fit inside the embossing folder. You can use the folder with or without the dies. Without the dies, you’ll have a solid embossed panel, but WITH the dies, it will emboss AND cut out the three flowers.

How to Partially Emboss A Layer

As you can see on my card, I left the bottom of my embossed layer plain so I could stamp a sentiment. Here’s how I made this layer. First, lay the dies inside the embossing folder. They don’t snap in, but you’ll be able to feel when they are in the right spot.

In the second photo, you can see how I aligned my layer in the embossing folder with the dies on top.

In the third photo, I placed the embossing plate ONLY on the area I wanted to emboss. You can see that the bottom of the embossing folder is not covered. When I run it through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss, this area will NOT be embossed because it isn’t covered by the plate and there will be no pressure on that area.

In the last photo, you can see the layer, partially embossed and the three flowers that were both cut and embossed.

The Details

The flowers are layered onto the card in the same spot where they were cut using Dimensionals to add height. I used Wink Of Stella on the flowers for a little sparkle, and added Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon to match the sentiment which is stamped in Gray Granite.

Bloom Hybrid EF White Sympathy Closeup

A Little Different Version

After I made the All White card, I wondered what it would look like with a small layer of Gray Granite behind the embossed layer. I think it seems to give the flowers a little more “pop” with the tiny bit of color that shows behind them.

Bloom Hytbrid EF Sympathy Card w Gray Granite Layer

Which Do You Like Best?

So, what do you think? Do you like the all white card or the one with the bit of Gray Granite showing? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

Bloom Hybrid Cards Together

Let’s Hop!

Click on the links below to see more clever ideas with embossing folders from my friends in Australia.

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This card requires very few supplies.

Perfectly Plaid Christmas in July

Perfectly Plaid Christmas Card with Stamp Set and Punch

Perfectly Plaid Christmas in July is my take on today’s Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop.

Our theme is Christmas in July. Although I can’t imagine Christmas in the middle of summer, that’s exactly when it is for my friends in Australia. For example, right now they are having the kind of weather most of us in the USA think of as Christmas weather.

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Christmas in July?

It’s never too early to begin working on Christmas cards. When I plan cards for Christmas, one of the main criteria is simplicity. Of course, I want to make pretty cards with layers, but I won’t be making fancy folds or cards that require a ton of supplies.

Today, I’m using the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set and the Pine Tree punch. The card is monochromatic, which means only a couple of colors of cardstock and ink are needed.

Perfectly Plaid Christmas Card with Stamp Set and Punch

How It’s Made

I used Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen inks for stamping, along with a touch of Cinnamon Cider for the tree trunk. The same colors of cardstock, along with Basic White make up the card. Believe it or not, the DSP is from the Pansy Petals Suite. It’s not just for pansies! And the best part? By cutting the DSP to 2″ x 4″, you can get 18 pieces from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of DSP with zero waste!! The white layer uses one of the Scalloped Contours Dies.

Perfect Plaid Christmas in July Card

Masked Background

The soft background behind the tree uses a die from Hippo & Friends. The shape is cut from a piece of scrap paper. The frame is adhered to the card using REMOVEABLE adhesive, and Soft Succulent ink is added with a Blending Brush. When the scrap paper is removed, this beautiful soft background magically appears! If you’re making multiple cards, the Stamparatus will make quick work of this step.

The tree is stamped in Evening Evergreen and punched with the Pine Tree punch. I LOVE using punches when I’m making multiple cards. It’s so much faster than using dies. I added linen thread to the back layer and Champagne rhinestones to the tree for a little bling.

Perfectly Plaid Christmas in July closeup

The Inside

For the inside, I simply stamped the sentiment and added three trees, two in Soft Succulent and one in Evening Evergreen. I did stamp all of these off on scrap paper once to soften the color.

Perfectly Plaid Christmas in July inside

Let’s Hop!

See what my friends have created for Christmas in July by clicking on the links below.

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