Have you ever tried to make your own Designer Series Paper? With a variety of stamps and colors and a piece of light colored cardstock, this can be quite simple. And once you've got the entire sheet of cardstock stamped, cutting it apart to create cards makes a pretty quick stack of cards.
I gave this a try recently during What's Up! Stampers. I used the Merry & Bright stamp set and and few basic colors - Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Blueberry Bushel, and Shaded Spruce - to create this bright and fun Designer Series Paper:
I used this decorated 8 1/2" x 11" Basic White cardstock to create four cards. I call this a One Sheet Wonder. First, I cut the cardstock into four pieces, each measuring 4" x 5 1/4". Then I cut each of those pieces into three 1 3/4" x 4" strips.
I chose to make four card bases for my cards out of Real Red cardstock that measures 11" x 4 1/4", with a side opening. I started with the outside strips adhered all the way to edges of the card base, with a small border on top and bottom. The center strip could then go in last, to ensure even spacing.
I used the Decorative Circle and 2" Circle Punches over some zig-zagged ribbon to showcase the sentiment stamped in Real Red ink, and the finishing touch is some Iridescent Adhesive-Backed Dots. The final product is 4 fun Christmas cards, each just a little different, thanks to the One Sheet Wonder. Notice how I custom-placed the sentiment for each card, based on excessive white space in some of the cards:
This Stamped One Wonder technique can be used with lots of different stamps.Stampin' Up!®'s stamp sets are perfect for this because they typically contain multiple stamps that coordinate. A couple of weeks ago when meeting virtually with my team, I created one of these stamped One Sheet Wonders using the Stars at Night stamp set.
Using the same technique that I shared above, the same measurements, and some different colors - Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Gray Granite, and Smoky Slate - I made these gorgeous cards. Keep in mind when you're doing this technique with multiple sizes of stamps, start with the largest stamps first and work your way to the smallest ones. The small ones are great for filling in space.
I started with these two images, then filled in with the smaller ones.
The cards turned out just beautifully, with the strips mounted on a Night of Navy card base. I used the same punches for these cards as I did for the set of cards above, but check out the beautiful ribbon! It's the Night of Navy & Gold 1/2" Glittered Ribbon. Wowzers!
Give this technique a try for a quick and easy set of cards, and be creative with your stamps and colors! Making your own Designer Series Paper gives you the opportunity to get exactly what you want, and what can be better than that??