Create Four Cards from One 6″ x 6″ Piece of Designer Series Paper

Let’s create four cards from one 6″‘ x 6″ piece of Designer Series Paper. Sometimes it’s just fun to challenge yourself to do what seems to be impossible. Today’s cards start with a single sheet of 6″ x 6″ DSP, aka Designer Series Paper. You’ll also need a piece of card stock that coordinates with the DSP and four 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ pieces of Basic White Thick card stock to form your card front base.

Parakeet Parade Make Today Ridiculously Awesome

I chose to use Parakeet Party from the 2022-2024 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper pack since I had hardly used it at all over the past months. The challenge was to also use a large image stamp set/s.

These are the supplies I used to create the cards you’ll see below:

Product List
Carry On Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Carry On Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker
Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker
Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper Snips

How to prepare:

  • Cut the piece of DSP as follows: Cut 2″ off of one side. Cut 2″ off of the top. Cut the remaining square into two equal triangles. You’ll have one tiny scrap left from that 2″ long piece you cut from the right side since you won’t need the entire 6″ piece.
  • Cut the colored card stock (all the same color) as follows: 2 pcs: 1/2″ x 5-1/4″; 2 pcs: 1/2″ x 7″; 2 pcs. 1/2″ x 4″.
  • Cut the Basic White card stock as follows: 4 pcs: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4 (basic card front measurements)Stamp your large greeting in the empty space above. Add a few bits of bling for fun! Do add your bling in odd numbers like 3 or 5 pieces.

Card 1: Ridiculously Awesome

  • Stamp large stamped image at the top half of page of one of the card fronts, portrait positioning (opening at the right side)
  • Add adhesive to the top and bottom of the long, back edges (reverse side from what you want to show on your finished card) of the 2″‘ x 4″ piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP). Add a 1/2″ x 4″ strip to the top and bottom with about 1/4″ showing. You’re creating a paper saving mat for the DSP.
  • Add this layer to the bottom of the card base with adhesive or Dimensionals.
  • Stamp your large greeting in the empty space above. Add a few bits of bling for fun! Do add your bling in odd numbers like 3 or 5 pieces.

Parakeet Parade Make Today Ridiculously Awesome

Card 2: Woo Hoo!

  • Add adhesive to the top and bottom back side of the 2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of DSP and add the two 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ card stock pieces to the back side of the DSP, leaving about a 1/4 edge showing.
  • Add this piece to the TOP of the second card base with adhesive.
  • Stamp your sentiment below the DSP layer if you want the card to open ‘landscape’ style (from the bottom). You can also position the card so it opens on the side and stamp your greeting more vertically. Mine definitely would not work ‘vertically’.
WooHoo landscape greeting card
I used the Amazing Phrasing Photopolymer stamp set from July-August 2022 Sale-a-Bration brochure.

Card 3: Keep Calm

  • Take the 7″ x 1/2″ card stock strip and attach it to the long side of one of the triangles, using adhesive of course. Trim the excess card stock using paper snips/scissors.
  • Add this triangle piece to the top right corner of the card base.
  • Stamp a large sentiment in the bottom left corner.
  • My inked stamp dropped prematurely on the card front so I stamped my image again on a scrap of Basic White card stock, punched it out with the Rectangle Postage Stamp punch and attached it over the boo-boo using Dimensionals.
  • I colored the cupcakes with Stampin’ Markers and then carefully positioned the three of them (separate inking for each impression) at the bottom of the card front. I wiped over the ‘frosting’ with a Wink of Stella pen. And then I added Parakeet Parade bling to the top of each cupcake.
Keep Calm and eat a cupcake greeting card
Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake greeting card. Sorry to say, this stamp set is long retired but I held on to it.

Card 4: I Didn’t Forget Your Birthday

  • Take the second piece of 1/2″ x 7″ card stock strip and add it to the long side of the remaining triangle. Attach the piece to the bottom left of the remaining card front.
  • Stamp your sentiment in the top right corner. I used the Something Fancy Cling stamp set from the January-April 2023 Mini Catalog.
Ridiculously Awesome greeting card front

After I finished all four cards I determined that they looked rather plain so I used some Parakeet Party Decorative Matte Dots (aka “bling”) to fill in some of the voids. Much, much better.

4 greeting cards from one piece of 6" x 6" tsp and a few word stamps
Four greeting cards created from one piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper and a few word stamps….enhanced by ‘bling’.

Whew…..I can do it! HTML, images, words, lists….. I’m back in the groove and am so excited and thrilled. See you again in a day or two at the most. Stamp on my friends……

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