Plain to Fancy

Stamps: SU Merry Patterns
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White, Garden Green
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Soft Suede, Real Red, Garden Green, Green Galore
Accessories: SU Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder, MISTI, Water Mister, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, Paper Snips
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Multi-Step Stamping

This card was made for Try Stampin' -Or Not- On Tuesday sketch challenge #348: which also had the optional challenge of "plain to fancy".

I had seen a cute deer wearing a multi-colored sweater on Pinterest, so I used the sweater as a theme. The "plain" part of the card is the white background, and white cable knit sweater embossed vertical element. The "fancy" part was the colorful sweater the deer is wearing.

The card base is the standard 4-1/4"x 11" folded in half. The sweater panel was created by embossing a 1-3/4" wide piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Stampin' Up! Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder. Remember, that this type of folder makes DEEP impressions, so you need to mist the panel lightly with water before embossing it. Also, because embosses so deeply, your end result will be slightly smaller than the flat panel. Consequently, I made sure my starting piece was longer than I wanted it. After embossing, I glued it to the card base so that both ends overlapped the base, then trimmed it with paper snips.

Doing the colorful deer is absolutely impossible UNLESS you use a stamp alignment tool like the MISTI. I mounted the stamp in the MISTI, then hand colored each section using Stampin Write Markers. You clean your stamp between colors, and be sure to "huff" on the stamp after coloring it to ensure good ink impression.

I then stamped the "Merry Christmas!" sentiment (also from the Merry Patterns stamp set) near the deer using Real Red ink.

The deer panel was then trimmed tightly to the deer, and matted with Garden Green cardstock. This panel was then attached to the card using Adhesive Foam Strips. Note, that be careful when placing the foam strips on the back of the panel so that NONE of the strips will lay on top of the deeply embossed vertical panel. Using foam strips gives added depth to the card as a compliment to the embossed panel. It would be impossible to get the deer panel to lay flat over the embossed piece anyway if you just glued it down.

The hardest part of this project is coloring the deer (duh!). You just need patience, and keep turning the stamp sideways a bit to get a good look at how well you are laying ink down in the area you want it,


  1. Lovely card, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  2. Lovely card Donna. Love the colorful deer. Thank you for your sweet comment on my card and thank you for joining us at Merry Monday.


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