I saw three fab cards on Susan's Simplicity blog where she'd used a stripe background stamp. SU! has a Solid Stripes background stamp in the UK mini catty and I can't decide if I like it - well no, it's more a case of not being sure I'll use it enough, I do like it! Plus I wasn't sure HOW I'd use it. Anyway, my crafty buddy Jan has come to the rescue yet again and has lent me her stripe stamp so I can play and then make my decision to buy or not. As soon as I saw Susan's cards I knew I had to CASE them!
Here's Susan's first card and here's my version. I loved the soft pink with the black and white and I also loved the bling. As well as blinging the dots on the butterfly border stamp, I dotted the i's in the sentiment with gems too.
Here's Susan's second card and this is my version. I tried a colour combo of SU! Melon Mambo, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip along with the white. I stamped the image stamp three times along the bottom of the card in Melon Mambo ink.
Here's Susan's third card and my version. I really loved the soft green with the black and white and I found Susan's tips about curves and angles so interesting. I decided to use a straight ribbon, keep the layers angular and then make my card curvy by using my Sizzix Ornate Card Fronts die. The sentiment has a nice curvy, flowing font to it too. I stamped the flourish in Celery ink after stamping off once first and then stamped the sentiment in black over the top.
All three cards will be donated to the Craft for Life campaign to support Cancer Research UK. I whiled away a few happy hours in my craft room this afternoon while hubby watched the footie games. All the time the World Cup is on I'll be making lots of cards LOL! Many thanks to Susan for the wonderful inspiration and for sharing her tips!
Supplies for first card:
Stamps: SU! Solid Stripes background stamp, Hero Arts Designer Butterflies clear set, sentiment also by Hero Arts
CS: Anita's 4" square textured white card blank
Ink: SU! Pretty in Pink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania pink gems, Post It notes
Supplies for second card:
Stamps: SU! Solid Stripes background stamp, SU! Soft Summer & Whimsical Words sets
CS: SU! Melon Mambo, Always Artichoke & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo, Always Artichoke & Chocolate Chip
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon
Supplies for third card:
Stamps: SU! Solid Stripes background stamp, SU! Vintage Vogue & Whimsical Words sets
CS: Craft Creations A6 hemp textured white card blank
Ink: SU! Certainly Celery, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Sizzix Bigz XL Card Fronts Ornate & Eyelet die, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Embellishments & accessories: Black & white gingham ribbon