I made this cute card for a little boy in my church who just turned two. I actually cased this design from the Stampin' Up! 2007 catalog. While paging through the catalog, I was surprised to see how so many of the designs are back in style. Just like fashion, paper-crafting has trends too and you see many things that go out of style, only to become popular again a few years later. In the paper-crafting world, I have noticed that is shift is away from multiple layers, designer papers, and ornate designs and back to more clean and simple elements, and creating your own background.
To make my card, I took two pieces of Kraft paper (one larger than the other) and stitched them together with a sewing machine. The first time I stitched them together too small, so I just pulled those threads out and stitched closer to the edge the second time. I didn't re-do it because I not only did not want to waste paper, but I liked the paper-piercing effect next to the stitches. This is an example of how when you make a mistake: use it to your advantage!
I then cut squares out with Spellbinder's Nestabilities: 3 squares of designer paper from Amy Tangerine, one from red card stock and one from white. I stamped the sentiment on the red card stock and an image from the retired Stampin' Up! set "Circus Train" on the white card stock. I then added another strip of red card stock under the image square and three yellow baby buttons.
My sentiment on the front and inside of the card is from another retired Stampin' Up! set.
The inside of the card is two sheets of card stock glued together, with a bit of red card stock and a strip of designer paper glued to the edge. I glued two sheets of white card stock together because when you color with Copic Markers you can see it on the other side, and I wanted to write a sentiment on the other side.
The tab is from a Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware set. The ribbon was a scrap from my stash.
Another mistake that happened was that the orange ink of the tiger bled a bit when I colored him. So to try and disguise that, I just filled in with more orange ink around his head.
I really like the design of this card. It's clean and simple, yet still has so much interest. I haven't looked at my old Stampin' Up! catalogs in years because I thought they were so outdated. Now I think I'll be looking back at them more often.
Have a great day! Amy
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