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Easier Than 1, 2, 3

Stampin' down the middle. Its name describes the technique quite well. You can use it to create four cards in a major hurry. Let me explain.

  • Start with a piece of light colored cardstock (I used Basic White) that measures 8" x 10 1/2"

  • Score across the length of the cardstock in half at 4"

  • Score across the width of the cardstock in half at 5 1/4"

  • Use those score lines to stamp down the middle, using the scored lines as your guide.

During What's Up! Stampers on July 27, I decided to use the stampin' down the middle technique to create Christmas cards, for Christmas in July. I used the Merriest Moments stamp set to create these four beautiful cards.

  • When stamping the pieces from the stamp set, I used several colors of red and green inks. I stamped vertically down my scored line, then horizontally, as well. The results is kind of cool. (For colors used, as well as all the products I used on these cards, please see the product list at the bottom of this blog post.)

  • I then cut the paper in half twice, right on the scored lines

The first stampin' down the middle I did during What's Up! was quite simple. After stamping the images, stamped the sentiment I wanted from the Merriest Moments stamp set in Shaded Spruce ink then added each to a Cherry Cobbler layer, then a Shaded Spruce card base. Done!

Cardstock sizes:

Basic White:

-Start with a piece 8" x 10 1/2," and score it in half twice - once horizontally and once vertically

after stamping, cut it in half both directions for your card fronts

Cherry Cobbler cardstock:

-5 3/8" x 4 1/8"

Shaded Spruce cardstock:

-5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

I love these cards so much, so I decided to make a couple different versions of the same cards. Can you tell the difference? The first cards are the originals.

I wanted the second set of cards to sparkle a bit, so I added the Gold Glimmer paper as the layer behind the focal layer and gold pearls around the sentiment. Those turned out pretty well, too!

That glimmer paper is precious, so I decided to cut out the centers so as not to waste all of it that was covered by the top layer.

On the third set of cards, I used the Decorative Circle Punch for the sentiment, and I used Real Red ribbon from the Real Red and Garden Green Ribbon Combo pack zig zagged under that punched sentiment.

Regardless of the stamp sets and colors you use to stamp down the middle, you're bound to come up with some amazing and SIMPLE cards. I love that part of it so much! I can crank bunches of these out quickly and that comes in pretty handy when it's crunch time and I need cards in a hurry.

Down to some business...

First, I'm excited to share that on Tuesday, Stampin' Up!® released some new items from current catalogs that can be chosen as free Sale-a-bration items! With a couple of the original items sold out, now we have some really great choices to replace those we may have wanted before. So far the Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes and the Tree Lot Dies have sold out. I have exciting news, though...I will soon announce the details of a September class, whereas you can get your hands on a set of the Tree Lot Dies as part of the class. Stay tuned. Until then, enjoy these new Sale-a-bration items, and make sure to use the item numbers on this flyer to get these items for free with either a $50 or $100 order.

I'd also like to invite you to a 3 hour stamping extravaganza called Suites in Season, put on by demonstrators Lisa Schmid, Tracy Filter, and me.

DATE: Saturday, August 20

TIME: 10am-1pm Central (you can also watch later, if you're not available at this time!)

LOCATION: A special Suites in Season Facebook group

DETAILS: Each of the three of us will be taking an hour to share many ideas for Suites in the July-December Mini Catalog. You will have SIX make 'n takes (2 from each of our Suites).

COST: $25

ADD-ONS: You can pay for bonus material (pre-recorded video) with three extra suites and a make 'n take for whatever add-on(s) you choose. I love that you can pick and choose for this part of the day. For all the details and to register, visit

I hope you will join us!

Stamping blessings!


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