This was the “easier” card that the Essex stamp club gals made earlier this month. This card really isn’t complicated, but it did take a while to finish I didn’t factor in the waiting for the Tree Builder punch to make the tree with a bird as the focal image. Please accept my apologies for the shaded area of the picture; it looked better on my camera when I took it.

I wanted to show the ladies a great way to use some DSP on a card and have no waste when using 12″x12″ paper. I cut a sheet of paper into 3″x4″ sections, which means that you can get 12 of these pieces out of one sheet of DSP. I then cut the 3″x4″ piece into two portions one that is 2″x4″ and the other is 1″x4″. Flip over one section and then you have two contrasting patterns that you know will color coordinate. I placed this on a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ black mat, put a thin piece of washi tape over the meeting point, and then adhered it to the card. A little more decoration, and you’ve got a fun card! The club gals were impressed with how much the little ribbon tab added to the finished card. Yay!

At first I wasn’t totally enamored with the Picture Perfect patterned paper, but I really love how well the images of the animals and campers seems to go with the images from the Sprinkles of Life photopolymer stamp set. This set was originally released a couple of years ago as a Ronald McDonald House set, and I totally fell in love with it immediately. There are some really useful images in the stamps that go with the coordinating punch. And since both the stamps and the DSP have a sort of cartoon-y feel to them, I thought they would look great together. Stampin’ Up! DSP typically is double-sided, and one side tends to have less colors and a “calmer” pattern. That is why I reconsidered this cute paper; I was pretty confident that if I didn’t love the designs, I would be able to use the reverse side. I love how the two sides of this paper look together on the card. Isn’t it cute?

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