Sunday 29 March 2020

Lockdown Layouts 1

Since all of New Zealand is in total lockdown for the next four weeks, I'm doing a series of simple projects to help pass the time. You can adapt the ideas using whatever cardmaking supplies you already have in your stash, or you can order more Stampin' Up! items from me.

So the first of my Lockdown Layouts is a simple one using whatever DSP, and dies or punches, you have on hand. I'll be using some of the Peaceful Poppies DSP and the Painted Labels dies from the current January-June Mini Catalogue.

The layout is a simple one: a pretty DSP front with a large sentiment added on a die cut or punch. Along the way, I'll have suggestions for variations and upgrades to the basic idea that you might like to try.

1. Start with some DSP, cut to a standard size of 10 cm x 14.3 cm. Choose your base colour from one of the colours in the paper itself. For these pieces from the Peaceful Poppies DSP pack, I've used  Blackberry Bliss and Poppy Parade. Adhere the DSP using your adhesive of choice.

Helpful Hint: The Stampin' Up! catalogue shows you which colours are used in each pack of Designer Series Paper so you don't have to guess.

For variation, you can use a mat. Cut the DSP down to 9.5 cm x 13.8 and adhere it to a piece of plain cardstock (10 x 14.3 cm) before attaching it to the card base. Here, I've used Pool Party and Poppy Parade, both colours from the paper.

2. Select the sentiment you want from your stamps. I'm using Peaceful Moments.

3. Select dies and/or punches from your stash that fit the sentiment you want to use. I'm using the Painted Labels die set. I've used the same sentiment and same basic label shape for each of my three cards so I can give you some different ideas for using them.

Firstly, you can back the shape with a repeat in the same shape. Cut a blank in the colour you want, cut it in half then adhere it to the back of the sentiment.

You can see it here. To help ground the sentiment onto the background, I've added a 1.5 cm strip of Mossy Meadow card and the put the sentiment label to the left. Of course, you can put it anywhere you like. You can leave it blank or add an embellishment. I've added a silver Designer Element but you might find a button in your sewing box that would do the trick.

Secondly, you can layer shapes. It depends what you have - perhaps two different sized circles or ovals, maybe two different shapes. For this poppy card, I've used the scribbly circle shape in Granny Apple Green to back the sentiment label. For variety, I've popped the sentiment up on dimensionals. I've added in some plain rhinestones. 

Helpful Hint: Did you know that you can colour rhinestones any colour you like using Stampin' Blends?

In this variation, I've used a larger label shape to back the sentiment and centred it. Instead of rhinestones, I've used sequins as embellishments. What's in your stash that you could use?

4. Decorate the inside as you like. Here's what I did, using stamps from Painted Poppies and Stampin' Blends to colour them. You might also note the 0.5cm strip cut from the front with the mat being used to decorate the inside.

You can try this layout with any DSP you have, any sentiments you have as well as any dies or punches you have. Experiment with your embellishments. Experiment with where you put the sentiment on the card front. I'd love the see what you make!

Of course, if you see something you'd like to add to your craft collection then please feel free to order from me. At the moment, the Australian warehouse is still open and NZ Post is still delivering. There may be delays in delivering but to the best of my knowledge, you can still order.

If you use this idea, please feel free to post a picture in the comments of my Jan Clothier - Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator Facebook page.

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