I know I already posted on my blog today, but it’s been just over a week since my last video and I wanted to squeeze one in for you! So you’re getting TWO posts in one day. Pretty radical. I know. However…this is a fun little technique that I think you may enjoy playing with this weekend. It’s such a simple technique, actually, that I half debated deleting my video and NOT posting it. Then I gave my head a shake! What was I thinkin’? Easy techniques are some of the best ones, right? There are many ways we can use our Designer Series Papers (and scraps) to create backgrounds for our cards and this is another variation. I’m calling it the “Pieced Grid” technique:
***Please Note: all of the Designer Series Papers and stamps that I used on these cards are RETIRING and are only available while supplies last. ****
- Card base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
- Basic Black card layer: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, trim to 5 1/4″ and 4″ once all your pieces of Designer Series Paper are glued on
- Designer Series Paper: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, trimmed into desired lengths
“PEACEFUL POPPIES” Card
The “Peaceful Poppies” Designer Series Paper is what I used for my pieced grid background. To decorate this card I used some fun die cuts and a bit of heat embossing. The sentiment is from the “Parisian Beauty” set, which is on our “Last Chance” retiring list.
Card Stock : Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper  , Poppy Parade 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Highland Heather 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Mossy Meadow 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock 
Punch : Banner Triple Punch 
Ribbon & Trim : Linen Thread 
“PARISIAN BLOSSOMS” Card
For this card, I simply created a banner to decorate. I also used a couple of die cuts from the new “Ornate Borders Dies” which I adhered along the top of the banner.
Punch : Banner Triple Punch 
Big Shot : Ornate Borders Dies 
“TROPICAL OASIS” Card
I think this card is my favourite out of all four that I made – I just love all the colours! After I cut my flowers from the “Cherry Blossoms Dies” I sponged the edges with Petal Pink ink. For the middle, I dabbed the eraser end of a pencil into my Real Red ink pad and stamped that in the centre. I thought that was pretty clever of me. Just sayin’.
Card Stock : Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper  , Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Daffodil Delight 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Mango Melody 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock 
Ribbon & Trim : Whisper White 5/8″ (1.6 Cm) Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon 
“BEST DRESSED” Card
I have a little pottery dish that I keep on my desk to collect bits and pieces like extra die cuts – so I already had all my flowers and butterflies cut for this card. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the “Thanks” sentiment, which I inked using Old Olive and Pretty Peacock markers. Then I cleaned my stamp and reinked, this time using Versamark on the “Thanks” so that I could emboss it in clear. The leaves from the “Seriously the Best” stamp set are stamped on scrap pieces of DSP (a woodgrain pattern) and I embossed them in gold and cut them out. I just love our new “Ornate Layers Dies” – so fancy and so easy to cut.
Ink : Versamark Pad 
Card Stock : Best Dressed 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper  , Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Highland Heather 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Daffodil Delight 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Petal Pink 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Lovely Lipstick 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock  , Pretty Peacock 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock 
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I hope that you enjoyed today’s video demonstration and cards! I also hope that you’ve enjoyed my “Top Ten Favourite Retiring Products” list that I’ve shared over the last ten days with you! It wasn’t easy picking only 10 items, as there are LOTS of fabulous products retiring.
Our new annual catalogue goes live on June 3rd and it is INCREDIBLE!!!
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Have a fabulous weekend & HAPPY STAMPING!