Stamping on Designer Series Paper

Today’s card was inspired by some cards created by Patty and Cindee, fellow Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators. It’s not even really a CASE (copy and selectively edit) of their cards, but I was definitely inspired by the technique they used. The technique involves stamping on Designer Series Paper (DSP), also referred to as patterned paper, then fussy cutting it out to create the focal element for the card. Since you’re stamping on DSP, all the coloring is already done for you!

Mel's Card Corner | Stamping on DSP

I started by stamping the large floral image from Birthday Blooms (retiring) on a piece of Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (retiring) using the Stamparatus (available June 1) and Archival Basic Black Ink (retiring). Since this is a pretty large image, I stamped it a couple of times to ensure I have good coverage. I cleaned the stamp then inked it up with VersaMark ink and stamped it again. I added some Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it using my Heat Tool. Once the embossing powder had cooled a bit, I used my Paper Snips to fussy cut the large flower. To hide the white cut edges, I went around the edges of the flower using the side of the brush tip of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

I cut a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock to 3-1/2 x 4-3/4″. I stamped the same floral image in the lower right hand corner using Archival Basic Black ink. I also stamped one of the coordinating sentiments from the same stamp set toward the upper right of the panel, also using Archival Basic Black. Using a mostly dry Aqua Painter, I watercolored the leaves using Old Olive ink and the flowers using Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo ink.

It’s important to keep the Aqua Painter as dry as possible for two reasons. The first is because I wanted to keep the colors very vibrant to try and match the intensity of the color on the DSP. The second reason is because I wasn’t using watercolor paper. As long as you don’t let the Aqua Painter get too wet, Whisper White Thick can handle a slight bit of moisture OK since it’s a heavier card stock. Of course, it would also be perfectly fine to substitute and use Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock instead as both of those can handle water just fine.

Mel's Card Corner | Stamping on DSP

I cut two mats for the focal layer. The first was from Calypso Coral Cardstock cut to 3-5/8 x 4-7/8″. The second was from Melon Mambo Cardstock cut to 3-3/4 x 5″. I adhered the Calypso Coral layer to the Melon Mambo layer using Snail Adhesive. I adhered the Whisper White Thick layer to the Calypso Coral layer using Tear & Tape Adhesive. Since I had added some moisture to the Whisper White Thick layer, I wanted to use a really strong adhesive to ensure it wouldn’t buckle up over time.

I created a top-folding card base from Whisper White Thick Cardstock. I wrapped some Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine around the matted focal panel three times and finished it off with a small bow. To hold the bow in place, I tacked it down with a rolled up Mini Glue Dot. I added several Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the matted focal panel then adhered it to the card base. Finally, I adhered the fussy cut DSP flower in place over the stamped flower using Stampin’ Dimensionals and that completed the card.

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Until next time …

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  1. Eva Dobilas says:

    This is so beautiful Melissa! Absolutely love your coloring and this IS my favorite flower currently! Thank you so much for playing along with us at SU Only Challenges!!!

  2. Lindsey M-P says:

    Your flower looks beautiful on this patterned paper! (I am trying to decide whether I’d rather avoid colouring or fussy-cutting though, lol.) Really like the clean design, too. Thanks for linking this up at Seize the Birthday!

  3. Julia Quinn says:

    I love this flower on the DSP – this is the absolute BEST way that I’ve seen this DSP used!! Awesome card. and beautifully finished. This really is an awesome flower stamp set, and totally perfect for our challenge this time. So glad you joined in the fun with us at SUO Challenges

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