I always try to keep a selection of hand-stamped card sets all packaged and ready to give as gifts. I have a few friends and family members who have received card sets from me for the past several birthdays and/or Christmases. (They all seem to enjoy getting them, so I hope they're not just humoring me.) Today I made an adorable set of cards with the Storybook Friends stamp set from Stampin' Up!®, and I'm really tempted to keep these for myself.
Supplies for cards and envelopes (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Storybook Friends
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla card stock; First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, River Rock, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Going Gray, Riding Hood Red, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom; Stampin' Write Journaler
Accessories: Blender Pen, Jewelry Tag punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, paper piercer and mat, Simply Scored tool and diagonal scoring plate, mini silver brads
Maybe it's just me, but don't they make you smile? I am a sucker for animal stamps, though. Especially cute ones.
Here are the measurements:
Basic Black card base: 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" when folded (3-1/2" x 7" open)
Layer of First Edition Specialty DSP: 3-1/4" x 3-1/4"
Layer of Very Vanilla: 2-3/4" x 2-3/4"
Layer of Very Vanilla inside card: 3-1/4" x 3-1/4"
I added the Jewelry Tag punch and mini silver brad on the upper left or right of each focal image, depending on where there was more open space. I struggled to decide what embellishment to use (flowers? buttons? ribbon?) but I think this a great accent and really fits with the card design.
On the front of each envelope I added a Very Vanilla oval punch layered with a Basic Black scallop oval punch to provide a space to write the recipient's name.
I hope you like these cards as much as I do. I did package them in a clear box when I was done making them so at least I'm a little less tempted to keep them myself ... Thanks for stopping by!