Cards made with Navy & White Emboss Resist Backgrounds

Here are the cards I promised to make with the background layers from Beautiful Backgrounds #1: Navy & White Emboss Resist. The idea here is to let the backgrounds take center stage.

I used Thick Whisper White cardstock for most of the card bases and Night of Navy for a couple for a different look. I used matting layers of Whisper White with the Night of Navy card bases and also lined those insides with Whisper White to make it easier to write a note. I also used Real Red and Night of Navy cardstock for some simple matting and layering. All the sentiments are stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I added some small embellishments to finish the cards.


Flagging one end of the cardstock and adding rhinestones give the sentiment a little pizzazz. The sentiment is from a retired Christmas stamp set called Oh, What Fun.


This card can be used to celebrate anything. Customize the card with a sentiment stamp for the inside or leave it blank to write a note. I used Night of Navy cardstock for the card base and added a layer of Whisper White behind the embossed background. The “celebrate” is diecut from Real Red using a die from the Celebrate You thinlit dies.


I fussy cut the sentiment for this card. It comes from the All Things Thanks stamp set. I backed it with a Night of Navy circle punched with a 2″ Circle punch to make the sentiment stand out just a little more.


A very simple design for a nice thank you card. I accidentally cut the embossed navy layer smaller than I had planned, but it turned out okay. This card is the second one I made with a Night of Navy card base and a Whisper White layer under the emboss resist background layer. I stamped “For Everything” inside the card.


What a great sentiment for a card for a special person! Love that sentiment. It comes from the Petal Palette stamp set. I added a bit of the retired Night of Navy corduroy ribbon and some rhinestones.


“Just a Note” seemed like the perfect sentiment to pair with the Post Script background stamp. The sentiment comes from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. It is die cut with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits. I used a little piece of the Night of Navy corduroy ribbon behind the oval.


Another great sentiment to use for a special occasion or for every day. I used the Stitched Shapes framelits again to cut out the Real Red layer behind the sentiment. To get the size of layer I wanted, I traced the inside of the die around my sentiment and cut it out by hand. I used a length of Real Red grosgrain ribbon that has been retired for years but was still in my stash.


Again, a really simple layout with a little ribbon for embellishment. More Night of Navy ribbon from my stash–got to get that stash used up! “Just Breathe” is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.


I had a Real Red oval sitting on my desk that I thought I was going to use earlier, but it worked here. The sentiment is actually punched out with the Everyday Label punch, but I trimmed it a bit to fit inside the oval. I put a silver star brad on each side of the sentiment. If I had the Basic Brads, I would have used those since the set includes Night of Navy brads. I haven’t ordered any of the new brads yet, so back to my stash.

For cards like these, let the backgrounds shine. Use up little embellishments from your stash if you think the card needs a little something extra. If you don’t have the right color of ribbon, you can always use a strip of cardstock in your desired color. Now it’s your turn to escape to your craft space and make some cards to have on hand when you need one to send to a friend.

If you need any of the supplies used on these cards, all of the items are linked to my store. Just click on the name of the item to order. The items used to make the backgrounds can be found here. Remember to check for matching dies and product bundles to save 10%. And don’t forget the envelopes!

Stamped images © 1990-2018 Stampin’ Up!®  Photograph images © 2018 Sara Eby



Lots of Lavender Friendship Cards



I made a few cards with the 2-step™ stamp Lots of Lavender from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Sale-a-bration catalog. I left most of them blank on the inside so that there is room to write a nice note to a friend.

Here are the cards

Lots of Lavender Card 1

The sentiment is embossed with Silver embossing powder.

Lots of Lavender card 2

This card could be used for a get well or sympathy card.

Lots of Lavender Card 3

This card has “Hope your day is wonderful!” stamped on the inside.

Lots of Lavender Card 4

This card base is from the Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes from the Sale-a-bration catalog.


Here’s How I Made the Cards

  • Card Base: 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardstock, scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side and folded in half.
  • First Layer: 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Calypso Coral cardstock or textured purple cardstock (from my stash)
  • Flagged Layer: Use the largest banner from Banner Framelits or cut Designer Series Paper to 2 3/4″ x 4 7/8″. Cut a 1″ slit in the center of the 2 3/4″ side. Cut from each corner to the top of the slit to flag the end of the paper.
  • The image is stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • Line the inside of the cards (except the Tutti-Frutti card) with Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.

I recommend using a dark color like Soft Suede or Basic Black ink to stamp the outline image of the flowers. I tried using a green ink, but it didn’t look good. I used Perfect Plum ink on the filler stamp for the flowers. The plum ink was too dark at full strength so I stamped off twice to get a lighter shade before stamping onto the flower image. I used Calypso Coral or Bashful Bride ink on the ribbon and bow area depending on what the main color in the Designer Series Paper was or to match the Calypso Coral in the first layer.

I stamped the sentiments with Versamark ink onto scraps of cardstock and heat embossed them with gold or silver embossing powder to match the foil on the Designer Series Paper. It doesn’t really show well in the pictures, but in person, the embossing adds a little bit of wow. Don’t forget to rub your Embossing Buddy over your cardstock before stamping with Versamark and sprinkling your embossing powder. It really does make a difference in the crispness of your embossed image, and you won’t have stray specks all over your project.

The last card is made with a card base from the Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes from the 2018 Sale-a-bration Catalog. I also used a scrap of pink left over from cutting out one of the flags for another card. I stamped the flower image on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut it. I tucked the sentiment behind the flagged Designer Series Paper.

You can get the Lots of Lavender stamp set or the Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes for free with a $50 order at my Stampin’ Up! store.  If you spend $100, you can get both free. You need to hurry, though, because Sale-a-bration ends March 31, 2018 or while supplies last. All of the  products and tools I used are listed below. Click on the item number for a direct link to that item in my store.

Materials and Tools

  • Cardstock:
    • Perfect Plum ( 101889 )
    • Calypso Coral ( 122925 ) and scraps
    • River Rock (retired)
    • Very Vanilla ( 101650 )
    • Whisper White ( 100730 )
    • Soft Suede ( 115318 )  or Early Espresso ( 119686 ) scraps
  • Ink:
  • Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper ( 145580 )
  • Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes ( 147242 )
  • Stamps:
    • Lots of Lavender ( 147194 )
    • Sheltering Tree ( 137163 )  “thinking of you”
    • Six-Sided Sampler (retired) “My Friend”
    • Cottage Greetings (retired) “Hope your day is wonderful!”
    • Greatest Greetings (retired) “sending smiles”
  • Embossing Powder:
  • Adhesive:
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals ( 104430 )  and Mini Dimensionals ( 144108 )
    • Fast Fuse
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue ( 110755 )
  • Tools:

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