Sunday, September 7, 2014

Feather Thanks

As I've mentioned in my last post, I'm doing another Stamp Trio challenge, but this time with an added twist - a paper trio challenge as well! Stamp Trio challenge is where I take one stamp set and use it to make 3 different cards. Sometimes the differences are in technique, other times in theme. As an extra challenge, I'll be using just one paper pad, too.

This time, my stamp set of choice is WPlus9's Fanciful Feathers stamp set. I originally bought this stamp set quite a while ago because I liked the feathers. But I have not had a chance to take it out and play with it until now. Besides the feathers, the stamp set also includes a couple of very elegant sentiments - which inspired me to keep all 3 of the challenge cards simple and elegant.

My paper of choice is My Mind's Eye Mint Julep 6x6. I chose this set because it had a large variety of papers - some with flowers or hearts that are feminine, others with bold prints that could be used for masculine or gender-neutral cards.

I started the card by picking out a bold black and white striped paper. I trimmed it to 4 by 5 1/4". While I had my trimmer out, I also cut and scored my top-folding A2 card base out of white cardstock. I adhered the striped paper straight to the card front with my standard adhesive.

 Since Fanciful Feathers is a builder set, it includes 2 versions of the stamp. One is the base color, and the other is the outline. I stamped the base layer twice - once in a light brown, and the other in light green. I then stamped the outline layer over it, using a darker brown and a darker green. This step was a bit tricky, and it took me a couple of tries to have the two stamps line up exactly how I wanted it. Next time, I'll use my stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner to help me with the stamp placement.

Although Fanciful Feathers has a matching die set, I chose to fussy-cut the two feathers with a pair of sharp scissors. I set them aside while I worked on the sentiment panel. I stamped the "Thank you" in dark brown ink, then stamped "Friend" underneath it in dark green onto a piece of white cardstock. I cut down the panel to size, and adhered it to the card with foam tape.

I layered the two feathers together and adhered them at the bottom of the panel. I used dot adhesive where the feathers touched the sentiment panel and foam tape where they touched the patterned paper.

As a last touch, I added 3 shimmery gold Doodlebug enamel dots.

WPlus9 Fanciful Feathers stamp set
Neenah Solar White cardstock in 110lbs
Stampin' Up Classic Inkpad in Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive
My Mind's Eye Jubilee Collection Mint Julep 6x6 patterned paper
Tombow Dot Adhesive Runner (pink)
3M Double-Sided Foam Tape
Doodlebug Gold Sprinkles enamel dots


  1. Oh my, this is BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe you fussy cut out the feathers - they are fantastic! And your patience was worth it when lining up stamped images - perfect! And your design - elegant. Another winner all round. The stamp set/paper combo you have chosen is so lovely and I really cannot wait to see the next two cards. I can't get over how very different the stamps/papers are that we've chosen to use. So fun!

    1. Aw, you're too sweet! Thank you. I'm really happy with how the card turned out, and I find myself wanting to make quite a few just like it, but with different colors. I love when a design keeps inspiring me. :D

      I'm having so much fun with this! I can't wait to see your cards, either.