Monday, August 29, 2022


This week I am doing something a little different.  Rather than feature a specific Stamp Set or Bundle, I'm going to be featuring the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper (DSP) and combining it with some of my favorite flower stamp sets

If you have not checked out the Hues of Happiness DSP in the Current Annual Catalog, you should take a closer look.  It is gorgeous!  I will admit, when I first saw it, I recognized that the colors were beautiful, but all I saw were flowers, and I thought, "I have plenty of flowered DSP", so was in no hurry to purchase it.  However, eventually, once I took a closer look and paid attention to the "reverse" side, I could no longer resist.  The reverse sides of several of the designs are gradients of all those same beautiful colors and they are perfect to use for backgrounds.

Today's card uses three different patterns of the Hues of Happiness DSP.  

The bottom layer is made with one of my favorite patterns.  You can only see two of the colors (Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green) that are on the full sheet but the full 12 " x 12" sheet actually has stripes of eight different colors--plus variations of those colors as they transition one to the other. 

The above photo shows a complete 4" strip from the full 12" x 12" sheet.  Aren't these colors beautiful?  You can see that I only used the top portion of this strip for my bottom layer.

For the middle layer I used one of the floral designs.  The top layer is made with a third pattern that I thought made a great "sky" and backdrop for my flower.

The flower from the Art Gallery Stamp set is made with a two-step stamp.  I chose Melon Mambo for my flower, but since the Melon Mambo in the DSP was more of a muted Melon Mambo, I stamped off three times before I stamped the background layer, and once before I stamped the detailed top layer.  The leaves are Granny Apple Green.  All were quickly die cut with the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies.

The birthday sentiment is also from the Art Gallery Stamp Set.  I used a die from Stylish Shapes Dies to cut the sentiment and then snipped off the right end.

The Ribbon is Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon.  I love this ribbon which is available in each of the 21 - 23 In-Colors.  It is easy to tie and not at all bulky.  Using a short piece of the silver cord from Simply Elegant trim to create a small loop at the folded end of the ribbon is also an excellent way to keep the "bulk-factor" low -- making for easier mailing.

To decorate the inside of the card I used a narrow strip of the same floral pattern DSP that was used on the card front.  In the sneak peek of the envelope, you can see that the same DSP was used to cover the flap.

What do you think?  Are you loving the colors in this Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper?

If you would like a free tutorial with all the cutting dimensions and step-by-step assembly directions, one is available for download at this link.  This is an excellent layout to use with Designer Series Paper as you can mix and match several patterns.

See the following Product List for more information on the products used for today's card.

Product List

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