There are a few things that make my crafting life happier, but the one key characteristic that they all share is coordination! Stampin’ Up! offers this one thing that I can’t find in any craft store anywhere. I can get ribbons that match the papers, inks, card stock and embellishments. I don’t have to run across the store to the ribbon aisle hoping to find a ribbon that kind of matches the papers that I’ve chosen. Cards look so much nicer when the colors match and coordinate.
The holiday catalog is no exception to Stampin’ Up!s line of coordinating products. The catalog has several bundles that save us money. My favorite bundle (this week!) is the Tags 4 You stamp set and Label Bracket punch from the Holiday Catalog. Combine these with the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper and you have my 3 new favorite stamping tools of the week!
I love the coordinating punches, framelits and stamp sets. Card making gets easier when you treat yourself to coordinating bundles and products. It’s just more fun too!
A good clean and simple beginner card that uses a small amount of the designer paper:
I’ve made 3 cards that use these same products in slightly different ways. You find lots of inspiring card ideas online, but you don’t necessarily have the tools to recreate them. You can make some variation of the inspiring cards that you find with the tools that you have. The card above just uses chocolate chip card stock, Sweater Weather Designer Paper, Tags 4 You stamp set and the label bracket punch. These are 3 of my favorite things from the Holiday Catalog!
If you have invested in a few punches, you can layer them in fun ways to give your card dimension:
When I was a new stamper, I didn’t have a huge selection of anything. I had 2 or 3 packages of card stock and just a couple of ink pads. I certainly didn’t have any embellishments and very little ribbon that hadn’t come from the dollar bin. I was also very careful not to spend too much money on the tempting pretty papers. You could buy huge packages for a high price tag or you could buy just one piece of really gorgeous paper. I have to be honest…I horded the gorgeous paper. I would splurge on one or two pretty pieces and then hesitate to cut into it! How crazy is that?
This card uses several other punches: decorative label punch, modern label punch, and the dotted scallop border punch. You can also see a naturals designer button and linen thread are used as well. Every little touch adds dimension and interest to your card!
The Big Shot opens a whole new world of crafting, as do the ribbons and embellishments. The card below uses the labels framelits along with the lattice embossing folder to add some interesting shape and texture. The natural trim and antique brad also give the card another level of texture, embellishment and interest! Sometimes less is more. You might design 3 cards as I did here and decide that you really liked the simplest one the best! You just never know until you play with your stamping supplies!
The tools you add over time only give you more possibilities in your crafting bag of tricks. When you make a big tool purchase or when you decide to buy the whole set of say…the Regals ink pads all at once, you’ve just given yourself options that you didn’t have before! (Of course, you’ll need the papers, ribbons, embellishments and markers to match!)
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