Stylized Birthday Stamp-a-Stack

Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson – Stylized Birthday Stamp-a-Stack

One of my personal goals this year is to try to have more ready-to-go cards. I’m not much of a card maker, I have to admit, I much prefer to create bags, boxes, packaging, tags etc… so I always run out early on in the year and then have to play catch up for the rest of it.

So, my plan is to make a Stamp-a-Stack every month and build up a bit of a stash so I won’t be caught unawares – sounds foolproof right 😉 Anyway, my idea of a Stamp-a-Stack is a bunch of cards of the same design that uses limited supplies and are quick and easy to put together and this is what I came up with for this month’s stack.

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I used the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP as a starting point, I love this paper, the colours have a vintage feel that really appeals to me. I wanted to get maximum use from each sheet so I simply cut each piece in half and have two cards from one sheet.

I cut a layering piece from the coordinating cardstock and did use different colours to see how they looked but you could just use one, I’d probably choose Early Espresso as it’s in all the papers I chose and it works for both men and women.

The sentiment is from Stylized Birthday which is a single, wood-mount only stamp in a great sized font, which is what I like about it, it’s big enough to be used alone. It fits perfectly inside the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits square, (now available again) which added some extra detailing with very little work on my part 🙂

The top right corner was looking just a bit too plain, so I added a snippet of ribbon simply stapled in place, the sentiment is popped up on dimensionals but because the ribbon is flat it will still mail nicely. I did add a bow of Thick Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine to one which looks lovely but does add extra thickness so I decided to stick with ribbon for the rest.

The other ribbons I used were the Burlap Ribbon (cut in half lengthways) and the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue (FREE with a $90 order). This ribbon is gorgeous and ties beautifully, it’s not at all stiff like most metallic ribbons tend to be and comes in both silver and gold in the one pack, the pictures in the catalogue don’t do it justice, it much lovelier in person and well worth choosing.


The background colour in the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP is Very Vanilla so that’s what I used for the base of the card. Very Vanilla is a bit thin to use by itself for a card base but when you add some layers to it, it becomes very sturdy, so I added the same layers to the inside as I have on the front swapping out the DSP panel for a Very Vanilla one for writing one. I tend to leave my insides blank, unless it’s for a specific occasion/person as I think it makes them more versatile and I can always add something later if I want to.

Base: 14.8 x 21cm scored @ 10.5cm (Very Vanilla x1))
Layer 1: 9.5 x 14.8cm                            (Coloured cardstock x2)
DSP Layer: 3″ x 14.8cm                       (DSP x 1, Very Vanilla x1)
Sentiment: 3 x 3″                                  (Very Vanilla x1)

Well that’s my first Stamp-a-Stack, I think it took longer to write about it than it did to make 🙂

I’ll be back soon with an non-Valentine project using the Love Notes Framelits.


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Stylized Birthday Stamp-a-Stack Supplies

Stylized Birthday (wood-mount only) // 141828

Stitched Shapes Framelits // 145372

Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack // 142744
Early Espresso cardstock //
Very Vanilla cardstock

Calypso Coral ink pad // 126983
Early Espresso ink pad // 126974

3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack // 143601 (Sale-a-Bration Catalogue)
Burlap Ribbon // 141487



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