Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature stars. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Here’s my card:

I can already hear you wondering if I didn’t understand the theme of the hop. I did, I just didn’t have stars on any other product except for the Nothing’s Better Than photopolymer stamp set. This is the first time I’ve used the stamp set and dies, and it was so much fun to do so! Since I don’t have any other stars, you know what that means – – time to place an order!

If you haven’t already done so, please check out the Creative Creases Challenge from Debbie Mageed at The Secret Stamper. I’m adding this card to the gallery!


  • The Pool Party card base measures 8-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches. Then I scored it at 4-1/4 inches and 2-1/8 inches (2 tick marks after 2 inches on the SU! paper trimmer).
  • Pool Party Z strip measures 8-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches. I also scored it at 2-1/8 inches and 4-1/4 inches.
  • Next, I usedIn Good Taste DSP for each of the three panels. You need two measuring 5-3/8 inches by 2 inches. The third piece (under the white) measures 5-3/8 inches by 4 inches.
  • I also punched an envelope seal from the In Good Taste DSP. Then I ran the seal through my XYRON create a sticker and placed the resulting seal in the envelope.
  • You need three Early Espresso pieces for the Z-fold piece. Two pieces measure 1-3/8 inches by 2 inches. The third piece measures 1-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches (2 tick marks after the 4 inches on the SU! paper trimmer).
  • I also used some 6 x 6 inch Pool Party DSP for the Z-fold piece. You need 3 pieces, two of which get trimmed to 1-1/4 inches by 1-7/8 inches. The third piece measures 1-1/4 inches by 4 inches.
  • Next I trimmed the piece of Pool Party DSP for the envelope flap measures 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches. Since I tend to put the envelope flap cuts away, I have started adhering them to the envelope right after I trim them.
  • I used a very thin piece of the same DSP to fill the white space on the back panel below the Z-fold piece. However, it is completely optional.
  • I used white scraps for all the stamping. The back panel piece of white measures 5-1/4 by 4 inches.

Creating the Fun Fold

  • Quite possibly one of the easier fun folds, creating a Z-fold card doesn’t really have any complicated directions.
  • The most important part to remember is the actual Z-fold piece. The short end gets attached on the inside panel. The longer piece gets attached across the front of the card. However, it is very important to remember that only the place the long piece is attached is on the very front panel.
  • I’ve zoomed in the two places where the Z-piece needs to be attached on the following photos:

Using the Foam Adhesive Sheet

  • Trying to use dimensionals under “coffee” would have been next to impossible. Therefore, I used a piece of a foam adhesive sheet to pop the whole word up.
  • Steps to using the adhesive sheets:
    • Cut a piece of the adhesive sheet down to just a bit bigger than the die.
    • Take off the backing paper on one side of the adhesive sheet.
    • Attach a piece of cardstock to the adhesive sheet.
    • Run the adhesive sheet and attached cardstock through the cut and emboss machine. Make sure that you have the cardstock side facing UP. If you don’t, the word “coffee”, in this case, will come out backwards. Not saying I’ve done that, but just take my word for it. I learned my lesson.


  • The sentiment strip for “A day without” was easy-peasy to stamp in Early Espresso on white. However, the “is like, ummm…..” and “just kidding, I have no idea.” are both on one stamp. I simply used a post-it note to mask off the parts I wanted to separate and stamped them individually. Just remember to take the mask off before stamping. You will have a mess if you don’t.
  • I stamped eight of the coffee cups and cropped them using the coffee cup die. Since I used Early Espresso ink, I needed to make sure I really let the ink dry before using the blends on them.
  • Actually, the colors of the coffee cups dictated the color scheme for the card. In the very beginning, i thought I’d use Early Espresso and Soft Succulent on Very Vanilla. When I started coloring the coffee cups using the Soft Succulent blends, I thought eww, I wouldn’t drink out of that color coffee cup. So, I changed to Early Espresso, Pool Party, and white.
  • I did have to use the Soft Suede blends for the brown part of the coffee cups, which worked out. I colored the inside of the cup using the dark Pool Party blend.

Finishing Up

  • I wanted the card to have a fun feeling to match the sentiment. Therefore, only two coffee cups are straight up and down. The others slant to create a playful, less formal feel to the card.
  • Finally, I thought the coffee cup on the full, back panel needed to have some steam rising out of it. I used a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker and very lightly drew five squiggly lines for steam.
  • After trimming the DSP on the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope/seal coordinated set.

Back to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  5. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

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