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Dragonfly Garden Book Binding Fun Fold

This book binding fun fold using the Dragonfly Garden bundle makes a great masculine card or general card. Read on or watch the video to learn how to make this card.

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Measurements:

Basic Black cardstock: 8.5” x5.5” scored at 5.5” and 6.75” for cardbase ; 3”x3”; 3.5″ x 3.5″
Mossy Meadow cardstock: (2) 4”x4”
Basic White cardstock: 3.75” x3.75”
Gold Foil Sheet: 3 3/16” x 3 3/16”; piece for small dragonfly
Dandy Garden Designer Paper: 1 1/16” x 4 ”
Mossy Meadow braided linen trim or black or crumb cake twine : 12”

Directions/Preparation:

Cut cardstock as directed in Measurements section.
Using the 3″ x 3″ piece of black cardstock, stamp the wildflowers and small dragonflies in Versarmark and then cover with Heat & Stick powder, and ‘flick’ off excess powder. Heat until powder becomes clear. Rub gilded leafing over the Heat & Stick powder until images are covered.
Stamp in Mossy Meadow the small dragonflies on the 3.75″ x 3.75″ Basic White cardstock.

Assembly:

  • First, fold your Basic Black card base along the 5.5” score line so that the 6.75” score line is showing on the card front.
  • Use adhesive or liquid glue on the inside of your card to adhere the 1.25” “book binding” portion. (The front of your card should have a 1.25” left side that is glued down and doesn’t open, while the rest of the card opens.)
  • Adhere one of the 4”x4” Mossy Meadow cardstock pieces inside the card.
  • Adhere the Basic White 3.75” x 3.75” cardstock piece inside the card.
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Inside of Card
  • Adhere the Dandy Garden designer paper strip of your choice to the “book binding” portion of the card front.
  • Adhere the other 4”x4” Mossy Meadow CS to the card front.
  • Adhere the 3.5” x 3.5” Basic Black CS to the card front.
  • Adhere the 3 3/16” x 3 3/16” Gold Foil sheet to the card front.
  • Adhere the stamped, gilded leaf Black CS to the card front.
  • Use a small Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the tiny gold foil dragonfly to the card front.
  • Wrap the Mossy Meadow or black or tan twine around the “book binding” and tie in a knot, cutting off any excess twine.
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Art Gallery Golden Garden Acetate Card

 The Art Gallery Golden Garden acetate is such a beautiful and glamourous piece to add to your cards. Two of the 12″ x 12″ pieces of Golden Garden acetate each match a design in the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper. With these papers, you can make 12 of the card shown below. Read on to learn now to make this see-through acetate card using the Art Gallery Bundle and coordinating Designer Series Paper.
    

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Measurements:  

Old Olive Cardstock: 4” x 5 1/2” (two pieces), (2) 3/4” x 4”
Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate: 6” x 4”
Matching piece of Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper: 6″ x 4″
Basic white: 3.5″ x 4″, white piece for sentiment, flower and leaf die cut

Directions/Preparation:

  • Stamp and die-cut the large flower using Rococo Rose with the more solid flower and then stamp again using the 2nd layer flower. Stamp the leaves and stem with Mossy Meadow ink.
  • Using the second layer flower, stamp the 2nd layer flower in Versamark on top of the flower and then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.
  • Stamp and die-cut the sentiment using Merry Merlot ink.
  • Die-cut one more large flower from Old Olive cardstock.
  • Score the acetate 1/2” from what will be the top of the card, making sure the acetate is right side up to match the DSP.
  • Trim a diagonal section from the Designer Series Paper, keeping the bottom section. The piece in the photo is approximately 3” one side and 1 3/4” the other.  Cut a piece of Old Olive and Basic White the same size.  Make the Basic White very slightly shorter by trimming off 1/8″ off the bottom so that it doesn’t show when the card is closed.
  • Stamp your choice of flowers and/or sentiment onto the Basic White diagonal piece, making sure the diagonal is highest on the left side.

Assembly:

  • Use a bone folder to make sure the acetate is well scored to ensure it will lay flat for the card. Using Tear ’n Tape or Stampin’ Seal + , attach the 1/2″ scored section of the acetate to the back of the 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock.  Attach the 3/4″ X 4″ piece of Old Olive cardstock to the back, to cover up the acetate flap (optional.)
  • Lay the Designer Series Paper between the acetate and Old Olive cardstock, making sure it lines up with the acetate.  Do not adhere yet.
  • Attach sentiment to the strip of Old Olive cardstock using dimensionals, and then attach attach the strip of Old Olive to the acetate with adhesive.
  • Adhere flower stem to front of acetate, and attach flower with dimensionals.
  • Open the card and put adhesive on the back of the acetate behind the sentiment strip and lower part of the leaves.  Attach the Designer Series Paper (DSP) so the side of the DSP that matches the acetate shows on the front of the card, making sure it lines up correctly with the acetate.
  • Attach the matching Old Olive diagonal piece of cardstock to the back of the Designer Series Paper. This piece is to give your card more sturdiness. Then adhere the Old Olive flower to the backside of the acetate to cover up the dimensionals from the front side flower. (See Figure 1)
  • Stamp your choice of flowers and/or sentiment onto the Basic White diagonal piece, and adhere to the Old Olive card base, making sure it is in the same direction as the Designer Series Paper (See Figure 2)
  • Tie a bow using piece of gold twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and attach with a glue dot.
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Figure 1: Backside of the front of the card
Figure 2: Inside of the card

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Simply Succulents Just for You Card

This is an all occasion card using the Simply Succulents bundle. The detailed succulents background die is stunning! This card uses Basic White cardstock for the background die, but imagine what else you can do with this die in different colors and by using blending brushes or sponges to change the color! Try this card for starters then let your imagination run wild!

Simply Succulents
Simply Succulents
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Measurements:

Bermuda Bay cardstock: (1) 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″ on the 8.5″ side; (1) 3/4″ x 4″
Basic White cardstock: (1) 4.25 x 5.5″; piece for succulent stamp, (1) 4″ x 5.25″ for inside
Basic Black cardstock: (1) 1″ x 3″ ; (1) 4.25″ x 5.5″

Directions for Simply Succulents card:

Stamp the succulent bouquet stamp on Basic White cardstock with Memento ink and die cut.
Die cut the background succulent die on the 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White cardstock. Use blends pens to color the bouquet.
Stamp the sentiment on the 1″ x 3″ Basic Black cardstock with Versamark and emboss with white embossing powder and fussy cut around the words. (Sentiment for this card is from Quite Curvy stamp set.)

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Adhere the succulents background die cut to the 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic Black cardstock. Trim the succulents background die to 4″ in portrait mode so there is a slight white border remaining on each side of the die cut.
Adhere the background die cut to the front of the Bermuda Bay card base. Apply the strip of Bermuda Bay to the front of the card.
Apply the succulent bouquet to the front of the card with dimensionals and then apply the sentiment to the front of the card with dimensionals. Wink of Stella is a nice addition to this bouquet and add opal rounds for an accent.
Adhere the Basic White piece to the inside of the card.

Simply Succulents

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Pretty Perennials 4 Corners Background Card

I love the Pretty Perennials stamp set inspired by Dena Rekow and am so glad I own it before it retires. (You can too if you order by May 3rd). This card uses the Pretty Perennials set and a technique that uses 4 rectangle/square shapes to form the background. A simple but lovely technique that can be used for any card with any designer paper you have on hand. Read on to learn how to make this card.

Pretty Perennials
Pretty Perennials
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Measurements:

Balmy Blue cardstock: 8.5″ x 5.5″ for card base, scored at 4.25″ along the 8.5″ side
Basic White: (1) 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″; (1) 4″ x 5 1/4″; white pieces for 3 flowers, leaves and label for sentiment
Subtles Designer Series Paper: (2) 1 1/2″ squares; (2) 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles
So Saffron cardstock: piece for the word Happy

Directions:

Stamp large flower on Basic White cardstock using Balmy Blue ink, the medium flower on Basic White cardstock using Highland Heather ink, and the small flower on Basic White cardstock using So Saffron ink. Stamp the centers of the flowers using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Also stamp 2 green leaves on Basic White cardstock using Pear Pizzaz ink. Then die cut all the flowers and leaves.
Stamp the word ‘happy’ using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on So Saffron cardstock and fussy cut.
Die cut the white label using the smallest rectangle from the Stitch So Sweetly die set and stamp the word ‘birthday’ on the label.

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Arrange and adhere the 4 pieces of designer series paper on the smallest white piece of cardstock so the edges are even around the edges and on the inside. Add dimensionals to the back of the white cardstock and adhere and center to card front.

Next, place the Balmy Blue flower and the Highland Heather flower on the card using dimensionals. Adhere the leaves and the yellow flower using adhesive. Adhere the word happy to the front of the card, noting that the part of the word that is on the Balmy Blue flower is adhered using adhesive, and the right side of the word will be adhered using dimensionals.
Add the birthday label to the front of card with dimensionals.

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Stamp on the Basic White cardstock for the inside of the card the flowers and the sentiment.

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Pretty Perennials Happy Card

The Pretty Perennials Million Dollar stamp set by demonstrator Dena Rekow is one of my favorites for the very reason she created it…it’s just so happy. There are plenty of people who can use cheering up these days. Send this colorful card and make their day!

Pretty Perennials

Measurements:

True Love DSP: 3.75″ x 4.25″
Basic Black card stock: 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″ along 11″ side; 1.75″ x 4.25″
Coastal Cabana card stock: piece for die cut flower; 1/2″ x 2.5″ for sentiment
Mango Melody card stock: piece for die cut flower
Flirty Flamingo card stock: piece for die cut flower
Granny Apple Green card stock: piece for 2 die cut stems with leaves
Basic White card stock: piece for 3 die cut flower; 4″ x 5.25″

Directions:

Cut the cardstock and all the stamps and make all the die cuts. Stamp flowers in 3 different colors (Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana, and Flirty Flamingo) and die cut. Die cut all the flower overlays and flower centers, one in each color, and 2 stems in Granny Apple Green, as shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Die Cuts for Pretty Perennial Card

Stamp the 4″ x 5.25″ white cardstock with the 3 different color flowers, overlapping them slightly.
Heat emboss the 1.25″ x 4.25 piece of black card stock, using the Happy stamp, with white embossing powder.
Stamp the sentiment on Coastal Cabana 1/2″ piece on the right side and use the Pick a Banner punch to punch a banner at the left end.

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To assemble the card, adhere the DSP on the card front on the upper card front. Next adhere the Happy words underneath the DSP. Now you are ready to arrange the flowers on the card front. Adhere the die cut flower overlays on top of the stamped flower, according to their colors. Use glue dots to adhere the flower centers to the die cut overlay then arrange on front of card. Cut the leaves from the stems so you have enough to lay underneath the flowers. Now you’re ready to adhere the banner sentiment and add pearls to the flower centers. Ahhhh, such a bright and festive card.

Here are some alternatives using different patterns from the True Love DSP:

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Art Gallery Simple Fold Card

The Art Gallery bundle is one of my favorites because it of it’s modern watercolor look. The 2-step stamping for the flowers allows you to combine so many colors together–Flirty Flamingo and Poppy Parade is one of my favorites. Today’s card is a simple layout with beautiful results. Read on to learn how to make this card.

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Measurements:

Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper (DSP): 1″ x 5.25″
Calypso Coral card stock: piece for 3 1/8″ scallop; 5.5″ x 7.5″ scored at 4.25″ along the 7.5″ side
Basic White card stock: piece for 2 5/8″ circle, (2) 3 x 5.25″, 3.5 x 3/4″ for sentiment
Mossy Meadow trim: 8″

Directions:

When starting a project, I usually like to start my project by cutting the card stock, then die cutting and stamping all the parts and pieces. You will want to emboss one of the 3 x 5.25″ white pieces using the Painted Textures embossing folder for the front of the card. Die cut the outer scalloped circle and inner white circle. Next, begin to stamp your images. A tip for making sure your sentiment is straight: I like to stamp first and then line up my label die so the sentiment is centered and straight inside the die. The sentiment was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.

To make the flower, stamp the base image in Flirty Flamingo and then stamp the second flower image over the first using Poppy Parade ink. Stamp the leaves using Mossy Meadow ink. On the second piece of 3″ x 5.25″ white cardstock for the inside, stamp the small flower image in Flirty Flamingo and then the little flower on top with Poppy Parade. I love this accent image!

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Now you are ready to assemble the card. First, adhere the embossed white cardstock to the front of the card, centering it on the front flap. Next, adhere the circle flower image to the scalloped circle and apply to the front of the card using dimensionals, ensuring your dimensionals are not on the far right of the circle where it is off the front flap. Place the sentiment onto the front of the card using mini dimensionals. Add bow to the flower.

For the inside of the card, adhere the 1″ x 5.25″ piece of DSP to the right inside of the card so that it is evenly spaced on 3 edges. Line up and adhere the white piece of cardstock next to the DSP.

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Art Gallery Bundle Thinking of You Card

Make this pretty card using the Art Gallery Bundle. The flowers from this set are modern with a watercolor look–I love them! It was my first card created with the yearning for spring, which hit me at the beginning of February. I made it into a Thinking of You card, because then I can use it for almost any occasion I need. It would make a nice birthday card with a birthday sentiment inside. I also love this easy layout –it’s a layout that shows off the bordered layer look and has clean lines with lots of contrasting color.

Stampinup Art Gallery Bundle

This card is my go-to layout because it is easy to layer papers and get such a clean look with multiple colors. First layer the inside of the card, then on the flap and then the squares. Once the squares have been layered, then I stamped the floral image in Mossy Meadow and die cut. I then stamped another floral image in Flirty Flamingo and then stamped the small flower over the flowers in Poppy Parade. After die cutting this floral, I layered it on top of the Mossy Meadow image with dimensionals and layered on the front of the square. Then I adhered the top part of the square to the card front. The sentiment was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and die cut with the label from the die set. Lastly, the bow was added to finish the card.

Measurements for Art Gallery Bundle:

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock: 4.25″ x 7 3/4″, scored at 5.5″ along the 7 3/4″ side; (1) 3.25″ x 3.25″
Basic Black Cardstock: (1) 4″ x 5.25″; (1) 3″ x 3″
Basic White Cardstock: (1) 3.75″ x 5″, (1) 2.75″ x 2.75″; piece for 2 floral diecuts, piece for sentiment
Fine Art Floral DSP: 2″ x 4″
Gray Granite 1/4″ Ribbon: 8″

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Art Gallery Z-Fold Layer Card

Here is a festive Art Gallery Z-fold Layer card that has a different take on the traditional z-fold. I used the Art Gallery Stamp Set and coordinating dies and the Field and Flowers Designer Paper, which is one of the free Sale-a-Bration picks with a $50 purchase.

Measurements:

  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock
    • 4-1/4” x 9-3/4” scored parallel to short side at 3-1/4″ and 6-1/2”
    • 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Basic White Cardstock
    • Two pieces that are 3″ x 4″
    • Scrap for die-cutting sentiment piece, flower and stem die cut
  • Basic Black
    • 4.25″ x 5.5″
  • Fields and Flowers Designer Paper
    • 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″

Directions:

  • Fold the Misty Moonlight layer at the scores to form a z-fold layer. 
  • Add the white layer to the front and inside of the z-fold.
  • Attach the smaller designer paper layer to the front white layer.
  • Attach the larger designer paper layer to the large black layer. Center and adhere the z-fold layer.
  • Ink up the “Thinking of You” sentiment with black Memento ink on the scrap white piece and die cut it.
  • Stamp the flower in Misty Moonlight and the leaves in Shaded Spruce and die cut both.
  • Adhere the flower, stem and sentiment to card front using dimensionals.

Supplies for Art Gallery Z-fold Layer Card:

Always in My Heart Card

This Always in My Heart card using the Always in My Heart bundle is so pretty with such little work! If you have to make a quick and easy card this may be your go to design. There are so many ways to use the this suite and bundle–be sure to watch my YouTube video which will be posted on 2/24/21 to get all the details on the different ways you can use this suite of products.

The floral die in the set does all the work on this card. I have found that even though the die is detailed, it cuts so easily and comes out of the die without any ripping and no need for a precision plate. Did you notice that it also makes marks in the leaves so that they look 3D? Just think of all the color combinations and paper types you can use with this die, and your possibilities become endless. Read on to see how easy this card is to create.

Measurements:

Petal Pink card stock: 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″ on the 8.5″ side, (1) 4″ x 5.25″
Basic White card stock: 2.5″ x 2.5″ for heart
Basic Gray card stock: 4″ x 4.5″ for floral

Directions:

After die cutting the floral heart in Gray Granite, I used the die again to cut only a heart in Basic White card stock. I stamped the ‘You had me at Hello” heart stamp in Blushing Bride ink onto the white heart. (Remember this is where you can change the card to any occasion you want just by changing the sentiment in on the center heart!) After running the 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Petal Pink cardstock through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine using the Painted Texture embossing folder, the card is ready to be assembled.

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I used dimensionals to layer the embossed piece of Petal Pink card stock onto the card base. I then adhered the Basic Gray floral heart to the front of the card. I applied adhesive only to the bunches of leaves and not every surface of the die, as that it’s not needed and it gives more depth to the die to have some of the pieces floating. Next, I applied the stamped white heart to the center of the floral die cut using dimenstionals. Then I added different sizes of the champagne rhinestones to give the card some sparkle.

Stamping the inside of the card adds a nice touch to the card. In this example, I used the flower stamp from Forever and Always stamp set to give some decoration to the inside using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

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Beautiful Autumn: Fall Wreath Card

The fall beautiful colors are showing now and its a great time to pull out those fall colors on our cards. This card uses the Beautiful Autumn bundle and the All-Around wreath dies on Very Vanilla card stock, which really shows of the wonderful fall colors.

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Measurements for Beautiful Autumn Card

Very Vanilla cards stock: 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″ on the 11″ side, (2) 4″x5.25″
Smokey Slate card stock: 3.5″ x 3.5″ for wreath
Soft Suede card stock: piece for 4 acorns
Crushed Curry card stock: piece for 4 leaves
Terracotta Tile card stock: piece for 4 leaves

After die cutting the wreath, the assembly starts with the Very Vanilla card front that has been stamped with the sentiment in Cajun Craze ink and then embossed with the Tasteful Texture embossing folder. Place dimensionals on the backside of the embossed Very Vanilla card front and adhere to the front of the card. The wreath is adhered next to the front of the card.

Stamp the leaves using Crushed Curry, Terracotta Tile, and then the acorns in Soft Suede ink and then punch them. Next decorate the wreath with the collection of leaves, acorns and adhere with glue dots. Add the gold gilded gems. Adhere the Terracotta Tile ribbon to top of wreath.

Adhere the other Very Vanilla card stock to inside of card and decorate with additional leaves and acorns.

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