Stamping Sunday – New Beginnings

Stamping Sunday – New Beginnings


Fresh as a Daisy … doesn’t this just sound wonderfully new and bright. Just like our hop today!

Stamping Sunday is a group of demonstrators from around the world who get together once a month on different Sundays to share creativity. Recently we have decided to amalgamate the different groups into one group, and we will hop every third Sunday of the month. Isn’t that what stamping is all about? Coming together and creating! So I am very excited to announce the new Stamping Sunday group.

Our theme for this, our first hop, is appropriately “New Beginnings”. There are lots of new beginnings at the moment with the recent release of the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue, including new In Colors. And of course a New Beginning for our group.

So today, I am using the new Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series Paper and featuring one of the new In Colors, Wild Wheat! Wild Wheat is a “love it or hate it” type colour … but I want to showcase how well it goes with other shades, not necessarily used as a feature colour.

Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series Paper …

Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series Paper

I decided to keep it simple this month and attempt a Beginners card … I don’t do simple very well, but I am of the opinion that a card suitable for a beginner can be simple and stunning. And then taken to a whole new level just by adding a few simple steps. So the card above is really a Casual style card, a step up from a beginners card, but still quite simple. I have used Designer Series Paper instead of stamped images and a punch for foliage instead of a die.

Diagonal Front Fun Fold Card …

Another thing I don’t do really well are fun fold cards, however I have been wanting to try this Diagonal Front Fun Fold card for a while. There are many variations of this card, however ideally, you can get two cards from the one A4 (or letter sized) sheet of card. This does require cutting the sheet of card into two diagonally, and this can be tricky in a standard trimmer as the sheet is too long diagonally to cut it easily.

So I ended up re-designing the card so that it could be cut easily in the trimmer and also still get two cards out of one sheet. This makes a smaller than normal card, however it still fits nicely in a standard envelope.

Here are my measurements:-
In Metric:
Cut one A4 sheet of card to measure 24.6cm x 10.5cm.

In Imperial:
Cut one Letter sheet of card to measure 9 3/4″ x 8″.

Step by step …

Once you have cut your card to size, it will need to be scored in half across and lengthways. For Metric, place in trimmer and score at 10.5cm along the 21cm edge, then rotate the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 12.3cm along the 24.6cm edge.

For Imperial, score at 4″ along the 8″ edge, rotate 90 degrees and score at 4 7/8″ along the 9 3/4″ edge.

Metric cutting and scoring
Fresh as a Daisy fun fold card
Imperial cutting and scoring

Next up, take the sheet of card and cut diagonally from one corner to the other. To do this, line both corners up in the cutting track of your trimmer, the cardstock goes slightly beyond the edge of the top and bottom of the trimmer, but still within the cutting allowance.

Place card diagonally in trimmer, lining up with cutting track corner to corner. The card will extend slightly past the trimmer base plate top and bottom..
With the cutting guide in place, you should be able to see the intersection of the two fold lines in the centre of the guide.
Fresh as a daisy fun fold card
Cut the piece diagonally .. note, start cutting in centre of card and then slice up and then down to avoid snagging the corners.

Now simply score along those fold lines with a Bone Folder to form two card bases. You can vary the direction of the flaps depending on which way you score the folds.

Fresh as a Daisy Triangular Front fun fold card

Measurements for the front dsp layer …
Metric: 10cm x 11.8cm
Imperial: 8 3/4″ x 9 1/2″

Colouring Designer Series Paper …

For my background layers on the diagonal flaps on the card front, I decided to use one of the Designer Series Paper designs from the Fresh as a Daisy paper set. I love the distressed look backgrounds and Pebbled Path (new In Color) seemed to co-ordinate best with the patterned panel I had elected to use (also from the Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series Paper). However, the colour in the daisies is Early Espresso and I wasn’t happy with the greyer tones of the Pebbled Path! Solution? I coloured up the Designer Series Paper with Early Espresso ink and an ink blending brush. A really simple addition to the card, but it makes such a difference. The darker ink still allows the texture from the pattern to show through, so you still get all that lovely distressed look.

It is a little difficult to see here but the un-inked Pebbled Path colour is on the left and the Early Espresso coloured side is on the right.

Fresh as a Daisy colouring up DSP

To trim the Designer Series Paper to fit the front of the card, place it in the trimmer diagonally, so that diagonal corners line up with the cutting track … and cut into two triangular pieces. Then go ahead and adhere those two layers to the two triangular flaps on the card front. I used liquid glue as it allowed me to get those very angled corners well glued down.

Fresh as a Daisy colour up DSP

Introducing the Countryside Corners Dies and Bough punch …

Next up, I am bringing in the Countryside Corners Die Bundle … a great set of dies to have in your stamping stash.
I have used the third die in from the outside (that makes it the fifth largest including the very small banner die in the middle). I am die cutting a piece of the Designer Series Paper which is one of the floral feature panels on one of the sheets … the pattern is larger than the die, so I am selecting a part of the pattern I want to show. And I am also cutting a piece of Wild Wheat in the same size to go on the back of the designer series paper (a) to give the panel some strength and b) to ensure the pattern on the other side of the paper doesn’t show when the card is opened.

Keeping this card with a beginner in mind, I have used the Bough Punch for my foliage (rather than the Cheerful Daisy Dies), punching a few out in both Early Espresso and Wild Wheat

Fresh as A Daisy and Countryside Corners Dies
Fresh as a Daisy and Bough Punch

Sentiment from Wonderful Thoughts Stamp Set …

I chose Wonderful Thoughts stamp set for the sentiment. This set does have dies that cut out each sentiment, however I used the Countryside Corners to cut out the little “thanks” sentiment. Easiest way to do this is to die cut the panel first and then stamp the word “thanks” onto the panel … as this set is photopolymer, this is very easy to do.

Let’s put it all together … Adhere the die cut daisy piece to the die cut cardstock. Adhere the punched foliage in place on the top right panel of the card front and also on the die cut daisy piece. Adhere the sentiment over the foliage with Mini dimensionals.
The feature panel will be adhered to the top triangular panel only so place Stampin’ Dimensionals on place on the flap, ensuring they won’t show from behind the daisy panel. Adhere the panel in place onto dimentionals.

Fresh as a Daisy

To finish it off, I added a small white baker’s twine bow and some of the Pebbled Path 2023-2025 In Color Dots …the Pebbled Path went really well over the Early Espresso coloured up Designer Series Paper.

Fresh as a Daisy which embellishments would you use?

Here is the card with the top flap flipped up and then with the second flap opened out.

Fresh as A Daisy
Fresh as A Daisy

And here it is fully opened out …

Fresh as a Daisy

So what do you think? Is my “sort of simple” card really simple? I think it is easy enough for a beginner to create, and what is a card after all, but a compilation of many simple steps. How many you decide to use is totally up to you and that is what makes us all unique! 🙂

Fresh as a Daisy

Next up on the New Beginnings journey …

Keep on hopping around the entire blog hop list … click on the “next blog” link below and to the right to move on to the next blog in the hop, and so on until you get all the way back to here again. I am off to check out all the amazing designer’s projects now … don’t forget to leave comments as you go. We love comments so we know you are out there and looking at our creations.

Thanks for joining us today … see you next month!
xx Cheryll

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