I realize it probably seems a little odd I made a card using autumn type colors on the first day of Spring yesterday, but sometimes that’s how things just work out. LOL I needed a thank you card for a coworker and thought the new sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches would be a great layout for it.
When I looked at the sketch and saw the layout of the nine blocks, I knew I wanted to use a Designer Series Paper (DSP) which had a large enough pattern it would still look like the whole image even once it was cut apart. This beautiful leaf paper from the Nature’s Poem DSP worked perfectly! I think the photo realistic designs in the Petal Promenade DSP would work really well with this layout, too.
Start by cutting a 2-5/8″ square from the DSP then cut that down into 7/8″ squares. (Be sure the keep all the little squares in order as you cut them to make assembly easy on yourself later!) Mat each of the DSP squares to a 1″ square of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.
As a side note, Blackberry Bliss is one of my all-time favorite colors from Stampin’ Up!® It was one of the In Colors a few years ago, but as with all In Colors, it was only around a couple of years then was retired. I was beyond excited when they brought it back in 2018 to the permanent line during their latest color refresh!
Create a top-folding card base from Grapefruit Grove cardstock. Use a ruler to adhere the squares to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Start by placing the top center square first then add the other squares on either side of it 1/8″ apart. Continue this process for the remaining two rows, also spacing them 1/8″ below the row above.
Stamp the sentiment of your choice (I used one from Varied Vases) using Blackberry Bliss ink. Align the sentiment so the rightmost edge is in line with the rightmost edge of the bottom right square. I used the Stamparatus for this step because I didn’t want to mess up the card at this point after putting in all the work to align those little squares. LOL Using the Stamparatus lets me get perfect stamping results every time!
For a final touch, I added a signature panel inside the card. Since this is a thank you card, I decided to also use the Thanks sentiment from the Varied Vases stamp set inside the card. I also added a strip of the leftover DSP along the bottom for a bit of extra embellishment.
This card does take a little bit of extra time to ensure everything is lined up properly, but it’s so worth it when you see the finished result. I’m sure my coworker will love it! If you would like to purchase any of the supplies used on my card today, they’ll all be linked below my signature.
Before I close, I just wanted to take a moment to send out a big THANK YOU to all of my subscribers and viewers of my YouTube channel. Thanks to all of you, in addition to recently surpassing more than 2500 subscribers, I’ve now also surpassed more than 100,000 views! I never dreamt that would happen when I started my channel a couple of years ago, so I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge this milestone and say THANKS!
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