Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)


Over the years, I have purchased quite a few 12″ x 12″ paper pads and packs.  Usually, I buy them for a sheet or two that I need for a particular project, and then the rest of it gets filed away and forgotten about.  I recently pulled a bunch of them out and found some great pieces that made nice card panels.

The above 5″ x 7″ center step card was made with paper called “Birds of a Feather” by 7 Gypsies.  The printed panels were matted on Gina K Faded Brick card stock and a heavy weight ivory card base.  I love the pattern and rich colors on this paper!

To create the greeting, I used the “Thank You 2” die by Cheery Lynn Designs and black card stock.  The background paper was so busy which made it difficult to see the die cut by itself so I created a banner for behind it from Gina K Faded Brick card stock and ink, a leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz, and the Banner Triple Punch from Stampin’ Up.  (As you can probably tell from a few of my recent posts, I am loving the “texture” created when you stamp a tone-on-tone image randomly to cover the card stock panel!)

Here is the template for a 5×7 inch center step card:


I had several sheets of this paper so I made a few more without a greeting so they would be suitable for a variety of occasions and ready to go as needed.



Here are a few more step cards I came up with using paper from a pad called “Lake Life Is Best” by Paper House.  (The Father’s Day stamp is from a set called “Father’s Day Innies & Outies” by My Sentiments Exactly.)

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These cards practically make themselves; the scenic paper does all the work!  I kind of feel like I’m cheating, but I have SO MUCH paper like this (with a large pattern or scene), and using it on this step card design is a great way to put it to good use.  And you can add as much or as little to the scene; I think it always looks “finished” and awesome.

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Thanks for the Wine Note Card

Thanks for the Wine Note Card


I found myself needing another wine-themed thank you note.  For this one, I used some fun paper, a large thank you stamp, and puffy, shaker stickers.  Can’t get much easier than that!

The paper is from the “Nostalgia” 6×6 paper pack by Love Nicole.  The stamp is from the “So Very Much” set by Stampin’ Up, and the stickers are by Recollections.  I stamped the greeting with Ranger Cool Graphite dye ink.

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Zebadiah Zebra Thank You Note

Zebadiah Zebra Thank You Note


How cute is this zebra image?!

I was recently searching for a stamp (made by Paper Pretties) that was used on a card I had seen online and sadly discovered that the online store had closed.  I contacted the owner who actually still had the stamp set, and I was able to purchase it from her.  Yay!!  While I had been looking for the stamp set, I had come across another card with this zebra image (same company) and asked about that as well.  She told me it was a digital image, and she very kindly sent it to me as a gift.  This is the thank you note, made with the gifted image, that I made for her.  Thanks again, Heather!

The image is called “Zebadiah Zebra” from Paper Pretties.  I colored him with a black copic marker. The greeting is from the “What I Love” set from Stampin’ Up and was stamped with versafine onyx black ink. The black and white striped paper is by Love Nicole from AC Moore.  Black and white card stock was also used.

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Floral Thank You Note

Floral Thank You Note

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Inspiration comes from many places.  Even bathrooms!  I recently visited a friend who just moved into a new home, and when I was getting the tour, I fell in love with the color combination and design of her shower curtain!  (I took a photo of a portion of it.)


The floral image from the Stampin’ Up “Avant-Garden” set as well as the SU Mint Macaron ink that I recently purchased immediately came to mind, and I used those to create my card.

The flowers were first stamped with the Mint Macaron ink and then stamped again (slightly off-set) with Stampin’ Up Blackberry Bliss.  To add the darker detail to the centers of each flower, I applied Gina K Edible Eggplant ink to the stamp by swiping the corner of the ink pad directly onto the stamp (as if I were drawing lines from the center and out a bit onto each petal.)  I would have used a water-based marker to add the darker shade, but I didn’t have a color that worked.  I used the Edible Eggplant for the stamen as well.  I created a mask of the flower and then went on to stamp the stems and leaves.

For the stems and leaves, I used stamps from the Stampin’ Up “Terrific Tulips” set.  (Of all the leaf stamps I have in my collection, I was surprised to find I had nothing similar to the ones on the shower curtain.  I didn’t even see anything online so I went with what I had!)  I inked up the stamps with the Mint Macaron ink and then randomly swiped my Spectrum Aqua “Moss” marker over parts of the inked stamp before stamping the images.  Again, my water-based marker colors are limited, and in hindsight, I probably chose a color that is more green than the color I was going for.  (It is really overpowering the mint color!)

The greeting is from the Stampin’ Up “What I Love” set and was stamped with GK Edible Eggplant ink. The card stock I used is “Soft Stone” from Papertrey Ink and “Edible Eggplant” from Gina K Designs.

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A Few Simple Notecards

A Few Simple Notecards

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I was almost embarrassed to post these cards since they are so simple.  Each of these cards was made because I needed a card, and fast.  And as I mentioned recently, I am trying to be “ok” with simple designs!

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This super quick thank you note features Paper Pizazz/Hot Off the Press “Yellow Daisies” printed paper, Core’dinations “Dark Blue Large Dot” card stock, and a stamp from the “Think Big Favorites #5” set by Papertrey Ink stamped in Gina K Blue Denim ink.  Recollections ivory card stock was used for the card base.  I LOVED the soft colors of the daisy paper and the font of the stamp and wanted to feature both. Cut, stamp, done.  This card practically made itself!


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This next card features the “Volleyball” stamp by stampabilities and a greeting from the “Short and Sweet” set by Stampin’ Up.  The images were stamped with  Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I scored a line above the greeting and then partially embossed the panel above the score line with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.


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This card was made with card stock from both the  “Christmas – Holiday Printed Paper” pack (2014) and “Shimmer Champagne” by Recollections.  The greeting panel was cut with the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” large punch and stamped with Gina K Kraft ink.  I did not have a punch to create a border, so I used a copic marker (E84) to draw one.  (Not really loving that, but I didn’t have time to do a “trace and cut” with the Silhouette since I needed to send this quickly.)  The stamp is from the “Little Branches” set by Gina K Designs.


I think it took me longer to photograph these cards than it did to make them!  🙂

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