Friday, September 23, 2011

Spice Cake DSP...Very Versatile!

Hi guys! I have 3 fun new cards today and they all have something in common. Even though they are very different types of cards, they all include print paper from the new Spice Cake Designer Series Paper collection available right now in the SU Holiday Mini catalog. Wanna see?

The first card is a thank you note that could be used at any time during the year. I let the stamp image (part of Faith in Nature which is a set you can purchase with Hostess Dollars) pick the color palette for the card and was led to this gorgeous paisley print from the Spice Cake DSP. It's colors include Pear Pizazz, River Rock, Very Vanilla,  and just a touch of Soft Suede. I colored the pear with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aqua Painter pen. I added a length of 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Soft Suede for a little texture and to accent the focal point image. This color of striped ribbon was just added this year and I love it.
 My next card is another thank you note but it is somewhat fall themed in that we think of the term "thankful" a lot this time of year. I used a little bit of the striped paper from Spice Cake to accent both the sentiment and the flower image. The sentiment is from Grateful Greetings and the flower is from Posy Punch which is another hostess set this year. I hand trimmed the flower because I wanted to highlight the decorative edge of the petals but the image coordinates with the Fancy Flower punch too. Here, I stamped it twice, once in Soft Suede and then again in More Mustard. The layers are hand trimmed which is made very easy because of the border around each portion of the flower. It is hard to see when the card lays flat but the front is slightly less wide than the back so that the punched border (Scallop Trim Border punch) and the overhang of the flower carry over to the inside of the card when it is opened.
 And my final card today is a Christmas card that uses the same rich plaid paper as the first card. The image and sentiment are from the set called Tidings of Joy. This set is very similar to a retired set from years ago but I love the updated version because it includes a little more detail with the nativity animals around the blessed baby. I colored it with markers and accented the star and Mary's gown with a touch of Smooch Pearlized Accent ink. I hate that photos just don't pick up the sparkle that this product gives an image. I love to add it for just a little punch and I really like that it is so easy to apply. The fine tipped brush is perfect for tiny details and it is as easy to paint on as nail polish. We carry 4 colors of Smooch and I own every one. As a matter of fact I have reordered more than once. It is a relatively inexpensive way to add sparkle and visual interest to your projects so check it out!

I think that does it for me today. I am off to get chores done before the weekend. I hope I get some stamping time in while the hubby watches football. I hope you get to stamp too. Have a great weekend!


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