Thursday, August 25, 2011

Special Guest - At Joan's Garden

Good morning blogging friends! Before CHA I was very excited to received an email from Joan Fricker from At Joan's Garden and she asked if I would like to be a Special Guest Designer for one of her blog challenges! Joan offers up a challenge based on my project and gives you two weeks to complete your project. Sounds pretty fun to me! To find out all of the details--how to enter, where you can post and the prize (we can't forget the prize *wink*) please check out At Joan's Garden .

Here is my project.

I have a step-by-step tutorial to share with you. I am going to show you how stamping on pattern paper and totally change the appearance of your project. Whenever I post a card where I have stamped on the pattern paper I seem to get so many emails asking--where did you get that paper? When I tell them it is pattern paper that I stamped on and gave my own little twist to it they always say--wow, I never thought about stamping on pattern paper.
Before I get started I want to show you what the pattern paper looked like. You want to use pattern paper that isn't too busy in the background. This is Curtain Call from Graphic 45.

I used two stamp sets from JustRite Stampers CL-Bon Voyage and CL-Greetings from Paris to do the background. I started with Tuxedo Black ink and two stamps to make a border around the edges of my paper.

Next I added stamped images using both Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa ink.

Once I had all of the stamping done I added a little glitter on the flourishes using Glue Gloss and Pralines & Cream Fairy Dust Glitter from Clearsnap.

Here you can see a before and after picture and how much the stamping changes the look of the paper.

For the center image on the card I used Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the image and then I added the color using Ranger Fired Brick and Antique Linen Distress Inks to add the color. I used S4-190 Labels Four and the Grand Calibur to cut/emboss the label shape.

So now I want to take you back to the pattern paper without any stamping to show you what my card front would look like. It's pretty and you could stop there and not do any of the extra stamping BUT...

Take a look at it now with all of the stamping. What do you think? It's a totally different look and very easy to achieve.

I used old book pages, S4-328 Foliage and S5-050 Rose Creations to create to rose. I inked the edges with Fired Brick and Rich Cocoa inks and I added a little more glitter.

Stamps: JustRite Stampers CL-02185 Bon Voyage, CL-02195 Greetings from Paris
Paper: Graphic 45 Curtain Call; Discount Cardstock Simply Smooth White, Kraft, Soot
Inks: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa; Ranger Fired Brick, Antique Linen Distress Inks
Dies: Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur™ S4-190 Labels Four, S4-328 Foliage, S5-050 Rose Creations
Accessories: Clearsnap Pralines & Cream Fairy Dust Glitter, Glue Gloss; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ 3D Foam Squares

***Several of the supplies I used to create this card can be found At Joan's Garden. Please be sure to check out all of the details for the challenge.

I want to say a special Thank You to Joan for having me as a Special Guest Designer!! I can't wait to see what you create with the challenge!! Have fun and be creative!!

Hugs & Smiles,


  1. Wow! I never thought about stamping on patterned paper before. Oh yeah, you've heard that before. LOL! This is marvelous. I think I have to try this and play along. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration.

  2. Not only this card is great, you totally save me! I was having trouble with empty spaces around the center piece and not many of embelishment to match with. This is just awesome!

  3. Amazing's been awhile since I've last visited your blog...always a pleasure too! Your card is lovely as always. TFS Hugs Noel

  4. STUNNING HEIDI! And yes, I too rarely think to stamp on patterned paper...thanks for the reminder!!!

  5. Ohhhh this is so beautiful. I love the way you created the paper. So pretty.

  6. Thank you so much, I forget that I can stamp on the paper etc. Your card is amazing and the tutorial is perfect!

  7. Heidi, this is a great tutorial a beautiful card you created.

    Thanks so much for being Joan' Gardens Guest Designer this week. You did a great job too!


  8. Now I am looking at my paper with "new" eyes. Stamping on pattened paper add so much dimension. Pretty card!

  9. Website is very comprehensive and informative. I have enjoyed the visit. From

  10. THIS is positively GORGEOUS, Heidi! YOU do some SERIOUSLY dreamy work with these glorious stamps! TRULY, wonderful!

  11. Fabulous card and I'm sure it will be a great inspiration to many. Love that stamp set!

  12. Oh Heidi this is awesome! I JUST got back from a workshop at Joan's Gardens and can't wait to play along with the challenge. In fact I just bought some new stamps & paper at Joan's that would work perfectly!

    Thanks so much for being one of Joan's guest designers ... your work is ALWAYS inspirational! Happy Day to you my friend!!

  13. Beautiful card! I love the way you stamped on the pattern paper.


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