The llama just might be the breakout star of the Birthday Fiesta stamp set (who doesn’t love that adorable guy?), but I’m also quite partial to the saguaro cactus featured in the set – what a fun image (and it’s paired with a Framelit to boot)! With assistance from the colorful Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and the multi-lingual World of Thanks background stamp, I turned my plain ‘ole cactus into a thank you card that’s perfect for anyone. Here’s my card:
Ann Schach is this week’s Featured Designer for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge. Here’s the banner for her super-fun layout that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Gracias. Where can you find Spanish language stamps in Stampin’ Up!’s current collection? There’s a “gracias” right in the middle of the World of Thanks background stamp. For years, Stampin’ Up! offered many stamps in Spanish (and even had a separate Spanish language catalog for years), but the company had to end production of these items when they weren’t selling well. While I’d love to see more Spanish sentiments, it makes sense to me. You can find LOTS of different ways to say thank you in this set – and you can pluck each one out by simply painting over the sentiment with a marker.
- The Heart of the Matter. This card is jam-packed with Mexican or Southwestern references – the colorful print of the paper, the adorable cactus and the language of the sentiment are all a nod to that rich culture. But…what ties the “thank you” to the cactus? I felt I needed to connect the “thank you” to the image of the cactus – and found just what I needed with the Owl Builder punch. That little heart makes all the difference, don’t you think? It ties all of these elements together with the right touch of thankfulness.
- Double Up. I’ve been venturing into worlds unknown recently – adding layers to my cards that aren’t matted with additional layers of cardstock. Thick Whisper White is a perfect thickness for an un-matted layer, so my cactus didn’t need any additional support. I added a layer of cardstock behind the Designer Series Paper panel though so it was fully supported when I lifted it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Stamp Sets: Birthday Fiesta, World of Thanks Papers: Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White Inks: Stampin’ Write Marker (Melon Mambo) Accessories: Layering Oval Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
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