Thursday, 4 August 2016

Simple Cards Using DSP

Hello, Crafters.

I recently saw a very attractive but very simple card someone had made using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as the image for her card.

She'd just added a sentiment and the card looked great.

I decided to give it a try yesterday, using the Stylised Birthday Stamp for the sentiment.

Apart from the DSP Stacks for the colour families, I don't have much current DSP at the moment but I do have A Little Foxy DSP Stack. 

I knew this would be absolutely ideal for this projected and sorted out two designs that contained several colours in them. 

Once I start making a card, I find it very difficult to stop at simple, although I do stop before it becomes too busy!

Yesterday was no exception!

I finished my session after I'd made three cards altogether - two Fox cards and one Brights DSP Stack flowery card!

For the Fox cards, I started with a base of Whisper White Cardstock and a layer of Calypso Coral. 

For one card I used the multi-coloured foxes design from A Little Foxy DSP Stack as the top layer, and for the second card I chose the multi-coloured bunting.

Both layers were adhered to the card bases using Tombow. 

Then I took two pieces of Calypso Coral Cardstock and wiped them both with my Embossing Buddy. 

I inked up the Stylised Birthday Stamp with Versamark and stamped on each piece of cardstock.

I heat embossed one with Silver Embossing Powder and the other with White Embossing Powder. 

Normally I don't like rounding corners but felt this card called for it as the design was quite plain.

I'm glad I did this because I think it really added quite a lot to this card. 

I glued one sentiment to the front of each card. 

For simple cards I should have stopped there! LOL! 

On my desk, I have an upended box lid that I've been popping some stamped images in, and saw there were two foxes in there! 

So I used Dimensionals and adhered one to each card and the simple card wasn't simple any more! 

In fact, I'm really pleased with how these two cards turned out!

With the fox on the top card, I made his face using the eyes and nose punched from Basic Black Cardstock using the Fox Builder Punch. 

On the second card, the face was stamped using the Foxy Friends Stamp Set using Archival Basic Black Ink.

I prefer the punched shapes and I also prefer the fox with his head tilted - he looks really cute!
I also think the white embossing looks better than the silver because it is far more striking because there is so much white already on this card.

I'll save the third card for tomorrow as hubby called it fussy when I showed him! LOL!

I'm not sure it is but I'll look forward to your feedback once I've shared it with you!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Maybe it really is all relative, Jan ... to my eyes, the addition of the wee fox doesn't disqualify this card for remaining a "simple" card and I love it! I also like that you rounded the corners on the sentiment panel. Such a small detail, but it "adds" somehow, doesn't it? A D O R A B L E!!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. It never fails to amaze me how often it's the little things that make a big difference. In this case, it's rounding the corners!. Your feedback, as always, is greatly appreciated. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Another design triumph Jan. Not in the least 'busy' in fact, it's amazing how you manage to get so much from so little and each small part adds to a beautiful whole card. Many thanks.

    1. Many thanks, veecee! This was definitely a new experience for me. In fact, it was so easy, I felt I was cheating! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.