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Card class was a riot last Saturday.   Here is a photo of the three sample cards that everyone made…


One of the things I most love about these classes is how each student puts their unique spin on the basic design as shown in this photo of some student cards.  I consider giving my students creative wings is just as important as making sure they have quality Stampin Up products.


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Variations on a Theme

Greetings everyone.

It’s high time for my first post of 2016. The busyness of the holidays has extended into the first half of January and I’m now back at it designing great new cards and making a lot of cards for several non-profit agencies I supply with cards.

I’m calling today’s post variations on a theme to share some tips on how to take a basic card design and create a good supply of cards…either for a single occasion, or for numerous occasions, by using a variety of sentiments and embellishments. I’m doing this largely through the “pictures are worth a thousand words” method, so this post is quite photo heavy. I used a variety of punches, embellishments, accessory stamps, rhinestones, etc. to create these variations. Buttons, ribbons, cording and wooden embellishments are other things that could be used here…in short use whatever is in your stash…let your creativity go wild with embellishing.

I recently made a couple of dozen cards quickly using this technique by choosing analogous colours…colours that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel to create harmony in the basic card front. I focussed on colours from the cool side of the colour wheel…blues through greens and purples to create the basic color palette. After creating rhythm in the card fronts on whisper white by repetitively using a single stamp from Work of Art in a variety of inks , I selected cardstock colours from the inks used on the card fronts…tempting turquoise, mint macaroon and perfect plum. From there I chose sentiments from several sets…Cottage Greetings and Watercolour Words, and used images from Flowering Fields (a limited time Sale-a-Bration set) to create texture and interest on the sentiment layer.  Some sentiments were embossed with clear embossing powder.

Colours next to each other on the colour wheel are called analogous colours, and these are always a safe bet to create a pleasing outcome. Another simple way to think of analogous colours is warm colours and cool colours. So, if you need a lot of cards in a hurry, or just want to create a supply to have on hand, haul out some of your favourite stamp sets, punches and embellishments and create variations on a theme. If you need supplies, shop anytime at my online store at, or go to the shop now button above.
Until next time

Punches used included the large and small butterfly punch the 2 1/2 inch round punch banner punch and scalloped punch.

Card stock: whisper white, tempting turquoise, mint macaron and perfect plum. Scraps of calypso coral were also used to accent the rainbow sentiments.

Stamp sets: Cottage Greetings, Watercolour Words and Flowering Fields

Ink colors: blackberry bliss, perfect plum, lost lagoon, tempting turquoise, coastal cabana and soft sky. Several of these, along with calypso coral, were combined to make a rainbow stamp used for a few sentiments.

Embellishments included rhinestones, embossing powder, vellum paper, small and large butterfly punches, banner punches, etc.