Wow, how can it be the end of December already!? I am always amazed at how quickly the last quarter of the year goes by. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas day, if you celebrate. Ours was a quiet day, spent with a few friends for brunch and then some football and Christmas movies to round out the evening.
It’s hard to believe this is our last blog hop for 2021 and I am so happy you took the time to visit 🙂 You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog. She always has such fun projects. But in case you didn’t, I’ll share that our theme this month covers the following categories – Birthday, Bright, Texture/Layers, and Designer Series Paper (DSP) or Foil/Speciality Paper. Whew…that’s a lot to cover!
For my project, I decided to try my hand at a technique that I had recently seen shared by fellow demonstrator, Mary Knabe. She calls it the Stack and Shuffle Technique. And it’s a wonderful way to make several card bases at once, and use up some of that Designer Series Paper we all have lying around! Here’s my main card.
The Designer Series Paper that I decided to use is Pattern Party because it has such an amazing variety of bright colors. This is a Host benefit from our Annual Catalog, and it’s an amazing value. You get 48 sheets of paper in the pack! One side has the great bright colors that you see above and the reverse side is various patterns in black and white. It’s such a versatile package of paper and I use it as often as possible.
The Stack and Shuffle Technique that Mary shared works by choosing 4 different patterns from a pack of coordinating DSP. The measurement is 5 1/4″ x 4″. You stack all 4 sheets and cut them all at once. And yes, our paper trimmer will cut them all together! Here are the cutting dimensions for the rest of the card.
- Card Base – 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score @ 4 ¼”
- Basic White or Very Vanilla for inside of card (depending on DSP used) – 5 ¼” x 4”
- 4 different but coordinating pieces of DSP – 5 ¼” x 4”
- Stack the 4 pcs of DSP and with the stack in a vertical position, cut at 2 ¾”
- Turn stack of wide strips to a horizontal position and cut at 3”
- Turn the stack of narrow strips to a horizontal position and cut at 2”
Here’s a video to see how I made my cards. To see how to work with just the ‘shuffle’ part of this technique, go to the 5:23 mark.
Here are a couple more pics of the primary card
Here are the other cards I made using the other 3 card bases that I created from this technique.
So, I think I covered all the categories, Birthday, Bright, Texture, and DSP! This was such a fun technique and I highly encourage you to give it a try. You’ll be able to have a stash of different card bases ready to go for whatever occasion you might need.
Now, please continue on through the other blog hopper participants we have for this month. Amanda Howard is next and I’m certain she has a great project to share 🙂
See you in 2022!!!
The 2 stamp sets I used for this card aren’t available until Jan. 4th, but I wanted to include the images and order numbers for you for reference