The biweekly Fab Friday challenges really hold a special place in my heart. About four summers ago, one of my cards recieved an honorable mention from Fab Friday. I felt so honored, and kept the card I’d created. If you’ve used Stampin’ Up! products for a few years, I think you will remember the Party Panda stamp set and the Pick-a-Pattern DSP. I paired those two products for a clean card and am still just tickled when I think about it, or look at the card. So, I try to play along with as many Fab Friday challenges as possible, and this one is no different.
The four colors in the FabFri194 challenge are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Poppy Parade. What a fun color combination! I decided to create two different cards: the first could very well be considered a #simplestamping card. When my DH saw the card, he said the card looked very simple, which made me happy because it meant I succeeded.
When I created the second card, I did a lot more stamping, and added other embellishments to create a bigger statement with my card. However, I still had quite a lot of white space on the card.
Here are my cards:
Here’s the challenge banner:
I chose Forever Fern mainly because I thought the different stamps would create a pretty unique split card technique.
- Both cards have a Pumpkin Pie base measuring 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4. Use your bone folder to go over the fold created.
- The white cardstock is the background for each card. The #simplestamping card measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. The not-so-simple card measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
- OPTIONAL: After stamping the front of the #simplestamping card, I decided it needed something. Therefore, I used the scoring blade on my paper trimmer and made three vertical score lines down the left side of the card. I scored at 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, and 1 inch. You can score wherever you like, but I would recommend the last score line stay at 1 inch for the balance of the card. I scored after I finished my stamping so the score lines are subtle. If you want more noticeable vertical lines, score before you stamp. This will create the empty spaces as shown on a scrap sample below:
- I used the same colors for the different stamps on both complete cards I created. The colors on the left in the scoring samples reflects the color/stamp combination I used. However, you can use whatever colors float your boat, so to speak.
- The inside of both cards have more of the quad of colors stamped on the left and bottom. However, the #simplestamping card inside is simpler as well.
- I used the same stamp set, Peaceful Moments, for all the sentiments, both of which are popped up on dimensionals.
- In addition to stamping the card fronts, I also stamped the bottom, left-hand corners of both envelopes and across the envelope flaps.
- I added a Bermuda Bay mat to the not-so-simple mat. It measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
- Obviously, I stamped more on the not-so-simple card. Since I wanted the bold sentiment block kind of snuggled down into the stamping, I made sure to come down the left, across the bottom, and about 1/4 of the way up the right side.
- The sentiment on this card comes from Peaceful Moments. I stamped it in Bermuda Bay on white cardstock. I cropped the sentiment using a stitched rectangle die. Next, I cropped a Stitched So Sweetly mat for the greeting. It will be our secret that I cropped it from the Bermuda Bay mat under the white cardstock.
- Using Bermuda Bay, I stamped Happy Birthday, on the inside of the not-so-simple card.
- The #simplestamping card’s sentiment is much more simple. I used the birthday sentiment,, stamped it in Momento Tuxedo Black, and cropped it using a stitched rectangle die.
Anchors and Embellishments
- Because of the placement of this sentiment, and to add some interest, I added Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight to the bottom of the sentiment panel. I really amazed myself that I stamped the Poppy Parade just about perfectly. Complete happy accident, but it anchored the sentiment on the card.
- I placed three elegant faceted dots on both cards. The #simplestamping card got three of the white dots, which add a bit of sparkle.
- I wanted to have more of an impact with the dots on the not-so-simple card. Therefore, I grabbed my dark Bermuda Bay blend and colored each, let them dry, colored another layer, repeat, repeat.
- This card also needed something to anchor the sentiment. Since I just wanted a subtle ribbon I grabbed one of my all-time favorite ribbon: the polka dot tulle ribbon. I simply wrapped it around the white cardstock/Bermuda Bay mat, and tied it in a square knot. The subtle ribbon presence seemed perfect to me.
- Finally, I assembled all the pieces of the cards. Since I’d already stamped the front and flap of the envelopes, I had finished both of these coordinated card sets.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.
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