I. Love. Paper.
Paper won my heart about 23 years ago, but when Stampin' Up!® made a big improvement of our Designer Series Paper (DSP), that's when my fascination with it became what it is today. And the fact that our DSP coordinates with other products in our catalog is a bonus. Yep, coordination is a big deal, but the versatility of it comes in a strong second. Designer Series Paper can provide a subtle background, a fantastic focal point, the perfect background...you get the idea.
As we've been diligently preparing for my daughter's graduation this weekend, there were some stamping deadlines I had set for myself for which I was having trouble being creative. I ran to Pinterest for inspiration. What I really wanted was a layout with which I could create something fabulous using DSP, and I think I found it with this card layout map:
This is the layout I found that I was excited about putting to good use with several pieces of Designer Series Paper. I'm appreciative of poeticartistry.blogspot.com for sharing this great layout...and even the measurements that go with it.
Cardstock for card base:
-5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
-4" x 5 1/4"
Two paper layers:
-2" x 4"
Two strips of paper 6" long (I used 1/8" wide strips for one and 1/4" strips for the others).
A focal point in the middle is what finishes it off. This focal point is perfect for a sentiment, but the first card I chose to make with this layout during What's Up! Stampers? this week, requires no stamping whatsoever. And it really allows for the Designer Series Paper to do it all:
The Symbols of Fortune DSP is so beautiful, and I could use one of the pieces and the Stylish Shapes Dies to create that focal point. Such a great use for the DSP! See the supplies I used to create this card, along with links to my online store:
Symbols of Fortune DSP can be found in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog, and I made a couple other great cards with the same layout and different papers from the JJ22 Mini Catalog.
I also had to try one using new papers, because...well...they're new. :D And who doesn't love butterflies?
Gosh, aren't they all just great? And all just from one amazing layout - just changing them up with different supplies. The second card has a stamped sentiment - that's all the stamping required because the DSP (and a piece of Ephemera from the Abstract Beauty Ephemera Pack) does the rest. The bottom two cards are like the first in that I used the Designer Series paper as the focal point. Those three cards all have one great thing in common: The DSP does it all.