February 21, 2023


This technique is something that I always enjoy doing. All it really requires is some appropriate Designer Series Paper and an outline stamp. I am talking about paper piecing, and that is how the container holding the brushes on this card was done. 

On this otherwise white and black card, it is the only color. And, it's just enough.

A creatively placed and trimmed  circle to contain it and a simple sentiment off to the side makes for a wonderfully simply, but effective, card. This is a great way to use up some scraps of Designer Series Paper.

Here's how to make a simple card such as this one.

White cardstock
Black cardstock
Designer Series Paper in a small enough print to work well with your stamp

Crafting Forever stamp set (retired) or any set that has an outline stamp

Black ink

Paper Snips
Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
A circle die that fits your element
Stampin' Dimensionals

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

Add to this a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of black cardstock.

Choose a piece of Designer Series Paper with a small enough pattern that it will fit well with your chosen stamp. For this particular card, stamp just the tool holder onto the DSP, and fussy cut it.

In black ink, stamp the pot of tools onto the center of a 3 1/2" diecut circle. Over this stamped pot, adhere the fussy cut one you just completed.

OPTIONAL: The vast amount of white space at the top of the card may bother some of you. If it does, you can certainly mount this finished circle piece to the center of the card, with the sentiment stamped below it.

Otherwise, mount it close to the lower lefthand corner of a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of white cardstock with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals. Snip off the edges that extend beyond.

Stamp desired sentiment in the lower righthand corner in black ink.

Adhere the finished white piece over the black on the base of the card.

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
- Edwin Land -



  1. I think some folks need this reminder. Everyone can be creative, some just lack the confidence to give it a try. Very cute! Thank you for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday!

    1. Thank you! I myself, live faithfully by this! It's a lifesaver for me.

  2. That is really cute and it's a simple enough technique but one I've never tried.

  3. This couldn't be more perfect for a creative friend. and the sentiment is perfect - I totally agree!

  4. That should be framed!
    Thank you so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/02/some-rural-memories_0978938360.html. I haven't yet tried to implement any of your cards, but the inspirations are mounting up to massive proportions!

    1. Aw, Sue, I love your comment that I am able to inspire you to massive proportions! Thanks so much! Let me know if you need help once you get to the point that you just HAVE to get into cardmaking!

  5. Crisp and clean - love it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  6. It's interesting how just that touch of color in the lower lefthand corner brings so much vibrancy to the black-and-white card. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 55.