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!