June 30, 2018


I think we all are aware of just how yummy Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) is. Right?

To demonstrate that fact, I created a card using some of the Stampin' Up! DSP as my focal point. In other words, everything else becomes secondary, just playing up the DSP a bit. But, really the card is ALL ABOUT THE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER.

So you can have access to even MORE of the ever-lovely DSP, Stampin' Up! is hosting a promotion from July 1-31, whereas you buy three packs of Designer Series Paper and get one free. Check out the Stampin' Up! website on July 1 
to see which packs are included in this promotion. I can't wait!

Just to prove how wonderfully a card turns out when using a section of DSP as the focal point, my Stamp-In Workshop attendees made the card shown above as one of their four projects. Even though this particular design of Designer Series Paper is now retired, check through the wide assortment of DSP designs on pages 188-191 of the catalog. There are so many truly striking papers in this catalog!

Following is the tutorial on how to create a card like this, which works up so easily and quickly. Simply replace the DSP I used with a new favorite, which, remember: 
JULY 1-31, BUY THREE GET ONE FREE! Then change up your cardstock and ink colors to coordinate with your DSP.

Crushed Curry cardstock
Tangerine Tango cardstock
Your choice of Designer Series Paper

Playful Backgrounds stamp set (page 141
Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (page 72)

Crushed Curry ink
Tangerine Tango ink

Big Shot
Rose Garden Framelits (retired now, but I will list several current options at the end of this tutorial)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamping Sponges
Adhesive-Backed Sequins
Crushed Curry Ribbon (or ribbon that coordinates with your DSP)
White 5/8" Ribbon 
Scotch tape

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Crushed Curry cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Adhere a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock over this base.

Layer a 1/2" yellow ribbon over a 5/8" piece of white satin ribbon and add this above the center to a 3 3/4" by 5" piece of Designer Series Paper, securing the ends of the ribbons on the back with tape. Adhere this piece to the card base.

With the open circles stamp from the Playful Backgrounds set, inked up in Crushed Curry ink, stamp off first on scrap paper, then stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. Do this a few times. DON'T FORGET TO STAMP OFF FIRST; OTHERWISE, IT WILL DOMINATE OVER THE SENTIMENT. Add the sentiment in Tangerine Tango over the circles. Cut out with the appropriate die at the Big Shot. Sponge the edges of this piece with Crushed Curry ink. Use two Stampin' Dimensionals, one at the top and one at the bottom, to adhere it over the ribbon.

Add three of the adhesive-backed sequins to the DSP.

In place of the Rose Garden Framelits, if you don't own it, you can cut out the sentiment with any of three punches on page 211: Tailored Tag, Everyday Label or Pretty Label. Dies from other current sets that would work include: Bottles & Bubbles Framelits (page 216), Foliage Frame Framelits (page 217), or one of the Layering Ovals Framelits (pge 218).



  1. This is such a sweet card, and you are so right about the yummy paper!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Julie! I love that paper too. It really makes the card.

  3. Super cute! Yes, it's all about the paper. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks, Jann! Yup, sometimes the paper is the secret!