There’s been a big plaid trend over the past year or so in the papercrafting industry. In looking at many of the products released earlier this year at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show, it appears that trend will be continuing. Kristie wrote a great Spotlight on Trends piece about plaid recently over at StampNation, too. With that in mind, I decided to pull out my plaid building stamps to make a birthday card.
My initial plan was to make a one layer card, so I masked off a 1.5″ area and filled it with Stampin’ Up!® Smoky Slate ink using a mini ink blending tool. Next, I used the Plaid Builder stamp set from Papertrey Ink to create my plaid over the gray. For that, I used Night of Navy for the triple stripe, Bermuda Bay for the wide green stripe, and Pacific Point for the dotted line. It’s not 100% completely square, but it’s not too bad for just winging it and eyeballing everything.
The plans for this card immediately changed when I removed my Post-It masking tape and realized the ink had soaked through in a few places and left some small blotches on my card base. Instead, I trimmed out my 1.5″ wide plaid panel and matted it on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut to 1.75″. I created another A2 top-folding card base and adhered my plaid panel to it using tape runner.
For my sentiment, I used the Happy and Birthday stamps from the Crazy for You stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I stamped them just above my plaid panel using Night of Navy ink. To finish off the card, I added three Night of Navy Candy Dots beneath the plaid panel to help balance out the sentiment.
Until next time …