Anyway, one of my choir directors--either at BSO, or the Laurel (MD) Oratorio Society, or in college, or maybe as far back as high school--used to start the chorus off with the exhortation, "Once more, with gusto!" (I'm sure he wasn't the only choir director to use that phrase.) I like it and I find it comes in handy for non-musical settings, too. Like when I've had a week of blog posts with the same (stinkin' cute) stamp set. Really. Five days. Five posts--every one a different "take" on the gorgeous "Avant Garden" stamp set that you can earn for FREE with a $50 purchase. Seriously. After seeing all these cards, you know you want this stamp set! Contact me today and I can hook you up.
I was inspired by these projects by Jennifer Downey, one of the amazing Creation Station design team members. I can't believe I'm on a design team with TWO Stampin' Up Artisans along with many other awesome artists from around the world. Our blog hop is once a month, on the first Sunday of the month. You can start on my blog and hop all the way around the blog and be inspired every month.
Wow! I've digressed again. I thought that using "Avant Garden" for a one-sheet wonder set of cards would be fabulous--and think my cards are pretty spiffy! The one-sheet wonder technique is a great way to make a bunch of cards in a jiffy. If you search "one sheet wonder templates" on Pinterest, you'll get a bunch of ideas. I, however, went simple, because I wanted to create my own designer series paper with this stamp set and have that shine as the focus of the cards.
So, I started with an 8-1/2" by 11" sheet of Whisper White Card Stock and stamped the flowers in Melon Mambo, followed by Sweet Sugarplum, and then Blushing Bride. Then I cut the paper at 10" on the long side and 7-1/2" on the short side, which, when cut into quarters, yields four 3-3/4" by 5" pieces of your one-sheet DSP. I saved the 1" strips to use on two additional cards.
I adhered the quarter pieces onto 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" pieces of Basic Black Card Stock--putting black with these vibrant colors makes them pop even more! I wrapped a length of Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon around before adhering the stamped piece to a Melon Mambo Card Stock card base. I stamped the "happy birthday wishes" sentiment from the same set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Whisper White and cut them out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I switched it up a little when using the 1" strips of DSP. I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Melon Mambo Card Stock with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder and adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" of Basic Black Card Stock. I wrapped a length of the SAB Silver Metallic Ribbon around this piece before using Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to a Basic Black Card Stock card base. I used the same sentiment, cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits, for these cards, too!
Here's the whole lot of the cards I made with this method. Quick and easy--and really pretty, too! And now my #imbringingbirthdaysback cards for February are made. I just have to write inside and get them in the mail....details, details.
tams# 11784 Card One