• Amy Rich

Happier than Happy

What makes me happier than happy when it comes to stamping? FUN FOLD cards and PRODUCT COORDINATION. Thankfully, Stampin' Up!® makes it easy to do both.


Let's start with product coordination. There are many Suite Collections in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog, and those make it the easiest way to shop coordination. The Happy Forest Friends is a fun suite that caught my eye my first time through the new catalog.




Here are the details of the Happy Forest Friends Suite Collection:


HAPPIER THAN HAPPY STAMP SET (10% OFF)

* 15 cling stamps

* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, d, e


HAPPY FOREST DIES (10% OFF)

* 22 dies

* Largest die: 2" x 3-1/4" (5.1 x 8.3 cm)

* Use with a Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

* Compatible with the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine


HAPPY FOREST FRIENDS 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

* 12 sheets of patterned paper: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs

* 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

* Acid free

* Lignin free


OLD OLIVE & SAHARA SAND TWILL RIBBON COMBO PACK

* 2 spools: 1 each of 2 colors

* Width: 1/4" (6.4 mm) and 3/8" (1 cm)

* Length: 5 yards (4.6 m) each


Suite colors: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, So Saffron



So...Product Coordination - check! Next up: Fun Fold card. And this one's a goodie!




This is a cool fun fold card because it's easier than it looks. I've seen cards like this before, but I designed the sizes by sight. It's base was made using two pieces of Basic Gray cardstock:


-2 3/4" x 8 1/2", folded in half for the top peak of the card. Because I was making this card for a 20 card swap, this size made sense because I could get exactly four out of a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock with no waste.

-5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", and 5 1/2". Accordion fold on these score lines to get the two bottom peaks.


Next, adhere two pieces of the Happy Forest Friends Designer Series Paper, as shown.

-Mushrooms: 5 1/4" x 2 3/4"

-"plus" signs: 5 1/4" x 1"


Adhere the smaller piece of Basic Gray cardstock to the larger one, as shown. Here's the back side:



Basic White cardstock:

-2 1/2" x 4"

-Scrap for bear and mushrooms


Mossy Meadow cardstock:

-Scrap for the tree


One thing that is difficult to see in the pics is a fun, subtle feature: a cloud behind the bear's head. I used the cloud punch on a sticky note to create a mask. I put the mask in the sky of the Basic White layer and added some Pool Party ink using a Blending Brush to create the sky scene. I colored the grass in Old Olive ink with a Blending Brush, as well.




Isn't this card fun? It's got so many fun features, and it makes me smile every time I look at it!


For a complete list of supplies I used on the card, along with links to those products in my online store, check out the end of this post. For a full video tutorial, watch here and head to YouTube to subscribe to my channel so you don't miss a single tutorial!





Be happier than happy! Be happy stamping!

Amy






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