pistachio-cardNow I know that Stampin’ Up!’s great Designer Series Papers are on sale right now (Buy 3 Get 1 Free) but there’s always another option when you have stamps, ink and cardstock! Create your own patterned paper with these essential tools. Here’s another card using the Flower Patch stamp set and Flower Fair framelits. I used the smaller stamps in the set to create the patterned paper featured in the left hand panel. One of the secrets to getting good placement with random stamping is roughly creating a visual triangle with one image/colour, and for me, making sure I don’t crowd the images too closely together.  You can kind of see that in the panel?! The great thing about this stamp set is that it’s photopolymer – so you can see through to exactly where you’re stamping. They stick to the clear blocks like nobody’s business as well! The slight drawback? Make sure your pad is clean (no fuzzies etc on it) – because the stamps will pick that up. That, and I find them slightly stinky when brand new (of course, that doesn’t last too long!)  For this card, I used oval framelits to cut out the main sentiment and added more flowers for colour and accent.


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