October 29, 2023


I love it when Stampin' Up! refreshes their Clearance Rack! I can always find oodles of stuff to buy. I don't care that it's retired product. I just love the quality and can always find a use for it.

On a recent Clearance Rack, I found a set of cards and coordinating envelopes. The set, however, came in several different color combinations. Not wanting to reinvent the wheel each time I mada a card with this set, I decided to have them all have something in common -- black and white -- to make the creating easier.

By utilizing black and white Designer Series Paper, along with white and black cardstock, it was easy to just switch up the only colored component on each of the cards, in this case, the stamped flower.

Other than the popped up flower and the black bling, it makes for a really flat card.

The photo below shows the darling envelope that coordinates with the card base.

Even though it's probably not necessary to any of you cardmakers, here is a tutorial on how to make this simple card set.

Card bases and envelopes set
White cardstock
Black cardstock
Black and White Designer Series Paper

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stampin' Blends for this card: Light Poppy Parade and Dark Daffodil Delight

Stamp from April 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit
Quiet Meadow stamp set (page 66 Annual Catalog)

Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
Layering Circles dies in 2" and 2 1/4" in diameter
Black Matte Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals

This card is built on a preprinted card base with matching envelopes. To unify everything, no matter the color/design of the set you're working with, I added all the rest in black and white.

Cut a piece of black cardstock to 1 3/4" x 5 1/2 and adhere it to the upper portion of the card, about an inch from the top.

Cut a piece of black and white Designer Series Paper to 3 1/4" square. Adhere this to a 3 1/2" square piece of black cardstock. Add this piece over the black strip.

From white cardstock, die cut or punch a circle that is about 2" in diameter. Adhere this to a black circle the next size up.

In black ink, stamp a sentiment to the lower left portion of the white circle. If desired, add some background dots that have been stamped off before stamping.

On white cardstock, in Memento Tuxedo Black in, stamp a flower. The one I used is from the Quiet Meadow set. Color it as you wish, being sure the colors you choose match the background of your card, as well as the decor on the envelope.

Fussy cut the flower, and use Stampin' Dimensionals to add it to the upper right portion of the circle.

Add the completed circle to the center of the black and white DSP.

Scatter three black matte dots on the circle.


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