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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Stamps and paper (by Lesley)

I have always loved patterned papers and I still border on wanting to keep them to stroke because they are too nice to use! However today I want to show you how to get colour into your stamping with very little effort using some of those precious papers.

  • Stamp the ruffled ribbon border from Floral Mannequins, twice, onto a piece of pale patterned paper with Versafine Onyx Black. When dry colour the ruffled edges with pencils that tone in with the paper.
  • After fussy cutting the borders, use a darker co-ordinating pencil and run it along the edges of the ruffles. This gives the appearance of dimension to the ribbons.
  • Stamp the larger of the wire dress forms from The Sewing Room, twice, onto patterned paper (I used the free download from week 4 of our Challenge Blog 8). Cut out the entire image and then cut the tops from the wire frames. Swop these over so that you have a different coloured top to the bottom and glue together. You will have a spare for another project.
  • Stamp out two of the small dress form onto another piece of patterned paper, preferably one with a lighter background. Cut out.
  • Fold a piece of A4 white cardstock at 12.5 cm to create an oversize DL card, trim as required, and attach the ribbon border across the card as shown. Use a wet adhesive and overlap the borders (you will cover the join with the dress forms). When dry trim off the excess from each edge of your card.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Card Sentiments clear set with Onyx Black then attach the two smaller dress forms flat to the card with double sided tape, positioning as shown.
  • Finally curve the larger dress form with your fingers for added dimension and attach with gel adhesive.
I hope this will encourage you to start using some of your paper stash and if that's asking a bit too much why not check out our Challenge Blog where you will find a free printable download every month.

As always there are some fabulous ideas bursting out from the Design Team so why not pop back tomorrow for another dose of inspiration.


  1. Love this serie of stamps. This is a beautiful simply card. Greetings Janny

  2. Great card Lesley. Stamping on patterned paper is something I rarely think of doing and it is so effective. Lovely card, the purples really pop against the white. I do think Versafine is hard to beat for perfect stamped images. Elaine x

  3. A gorgeous card Lesley, I love the papers you've used to stamp onto.

    Sue xx

  4. Wow what a beautiful design!! Great colours as well!!I love the background as wel!! So feminine!!

    Have a nice time!!

  5. Love this card it's gorgeous
    Jackie x

  6. this is such a beautifulll idea Lesley - I tend not to use much patterned paper anymore but have stacks of it left - this looks brilliant - just got my stamps through today - thankyou so much - I adore them - just need a bit of time to play now!!!! Hugs rachel x

  7. Just beautiful! Love the different "looks"you gave the dresses!

  8. I love these new stamps and the ribbon background looks beautiful with the dress forms cut from that printed free download paper. The colour is lovely and is a great contrast to the white card in the background. x

  9. A super CAS design with quite some pizazz! I particularly like the way you've shaped that larger dress form & your trick of creating difference between the bodice & the hoops. The tip about edging the stamped ruffled ribbon really does add terrific dimension. Real attention to detail & design principles making a very polished card.
    Paula (PEP)


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