August 15, 2020


If you've been following me for any length of time, you already know that I love projects that allow me to use up paper scraps, especially Designer Series Paper scraps. The Designer Series Papers of Stampin' Up! are always so so lovely that I can't help myself. I just need to invest in some of them as soon as they are released. After using them for a few projects and workshops, my stash still seems to grow uncontrollably. 

So when I get an idea like I did for this card, it is always fun to dig through my stash for papers to use. It almost always works great if you are trying to coordinate papers and stick to one single pack of DSP since they are meant to be used together.

Using five different designs from a long retired pad of DSP (yes, they used to come in pads!), I was able to coordinate my pieces nicely. Shown in the following photo is the end result of my paper strip package.

Don't you love the very unsubtle texture of the new 3D embossing folder called Old World Paper, which can be found on page 185 of the Annual Catalog? With this particular embossing folder, it is always difficult to decide which of the two sides of embossed paper to use; they are both so incredible.

For my card, I decided to have the prominent texture facing outwards. 

Unfortunately, the die cut "happy birthday" is not a Stampin' Up! die. It's one I've had for a long time, and the size and look of it fit so well, I decided to use it. Added sort of haphazardly and higgledy piggledy to a narrow strip of cardstock, then popped up with Dimensionals, seemed to work very well.

Of course, this card, which in these colors definitely has a masculine feel -- which is always so welcome, since masculine cards are often quite a challenge -- can be made in any DSP or color combination whatsoever. 

Following you will find a tutorial on how to recreate a card like this.

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

Choose five different Designer Series Paper scraps that coordinate well, and cut them to 1/2" x 2 1/2". Cut a scrap of white cardstock to 2 1/2" x 2 3/4". Adhere these strips to this cardstock, butting the edges tight against one another.

Choose a cardstock that coordinates with one of the colors in these strips and cut it to 4" x 5 1/4" Run this cardstock through a die cut/embossing machine inside the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. Choose which side of the embossed cardstock you would like facing out, and adhere it to the white card base.

Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add the strip package to the card front so it is about 1" from the top of the embossed piece.

Tie a piece of thick baker's twine that matches your card into a bow with longer ends hanging and attach it with a glue dot to the top of the package.

Add three Basic Rhinestones, one of each of the sizes, onto the package.

Die cut your choice of sentiment. Add it to a coordinating strip of cardstock that measures 1/2" x 4". Pop this strip up towards the bottom of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.



  1. What a beautiful card! I love the color scheme you used and I just love cards that use scraps. Pinned.

    1. Aw, thanks! I love it when I get to use up scraps too!

  2. A lovely card! I love the colors! Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions.