Formula One Technique

Today I want to share with you a quick method for putting a set of cards together.  I call it my Formula One Technique.  This is the technique I use when I am short on time and want to create cards that are fast to make.  This technique works best when using any of our fabulous Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers.  It is also the perfect technique for creating coordinating sets of cards.

Formula One technique is basically a color blocking technique.  I used it to create the base layer on this entire set of cards.

Naturally Eclectic Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Naturally Eclectic Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Do you see that all of the base layers of these cards have the same dimensions?  Here are the measurements for the Formula One technique.

Designer Series Paper - 3 x 5 1/4  Solid Card Stock - 1 x 5 1/4

Just take a standard size card, that has been folded in half to the top layer is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Then add the Formula One Dimensions as described above.  For the focal point use any size card stock depending on what stamp you use to finish your card.  The Formula One is a fast way to create the base layer on cards.

These cards were created for a special event where I was highlighting our Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.

Here is a close up of each of the cards.

Oh So Eclectic Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Oh So Eclectic Thank You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The first card was created using a set that is a part of the Naturally Eclectic Suite called Oh So Eclectic.  I fussy cut a coordinating flower and embellished it with one of our gold faceted gems.  I just love these gems, this one works perfectly to add an dimension and texture to the front of this card.

The next card was created using the Happiest of Days stamp set.

Happiest of Days Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Happiest of Days Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The birthday gifts were colored with our Stampin' Write markers and Basic Rhinestone Jewels were added to the bows on each gift.

Card number three uses the cute jeweled piece of the Designer Series Paper.

Beautiful You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Beautiful You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I added a rhinestone to the center of a punched flower to embellish this fabulous fashionista who comes from the stamp set Beautiful You!

I changed direction on this butterfly card and put the one inch strip along the bottom front of this card.  

Butterfly Basics Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Butterfly Basics Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This is the only card that required a Big Shot because I used a framelit to cut out the Butterfly from Butterfly Basics Bundle so that it would look more three dimensional.

This technique is super simple and has made creating cards with Designer Series Paper so simple, quick and fun.  

Next time you open up a pack of Designer Paper why not try and follow this formula to create your base layers and before you know it you'll be creating some Formula One cards that are FAST and FABULOUS!  

Happy Stampin'

Cindy

 

 

Tag, You're It!

Last week I went to Kahala Mall to pick up the dress I bought to wear at my daughter's wedding.  While headed to the store, I passed by this cute boutique called 33 Butterflies.  I was with a friend and we couldn't help but go in.   There were lots of unique pieces of clothing in this cute boutique and we both ended up making an unexpected purchases.  

When I got home I took the tag off the item I purchased and noticed how cute it was.

33 Butterflies Tag

33 Butterflies Tag

The next day I had to create a birthday card.  I felt a little stuck on where to begin or what stamp set to use.  This can happen sometimes when you have a lot of great products to choose from.  

I remembered the cute tag and it became the inspiration for the birthday card I needed to make.  Here is the card I came up with.

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card combines something old with something new!  The old is the stamp set Butterfly Basics.  This is a beautiful stamp set with 11 images in it.  The new set is Charming Cafe' which is from our new Occasions Catalog and has a really great set of coordinating framelits called Cafe' Builder which I also used on this card. 

Here is a side view of the card so you can see how the layers were put together.

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stamedwithaloha.com  

Butterfly Basics Card - www.stamedwithaloha.com  

The bottom of card has a black strip of card stock that was punched with the Ticket Tear Border Punch.  A piece of linen thread was wrapped around the bottom to add a finishing touch as well.

What sparks your creativity?  Are there any of you out there who find inspiration in everyday things they might see like a photo from a magazine, a piece of fabric or even a tag from a new piece of clothing?  I love creating cards this way.  It is especially helpful when I don't know where to begin.  If you've never stamped this way I'd encourage you to take a look around you and create something inspired by something you see that you think is unique and beautiful.

Butterfly Basics Card

Butterfly Basics Card

In creating this project I received a double blessing.  Not only was I inspired to create a fun card but I also got a really cute new top to wear as well.  Hmmm, perhaps I should go back to the mall to look for more inspiration tomorrow!