Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson – Sprinkles of Life Stamp-a-Stack
A new school year has started here and I know the first of the party invitations won’t be too far away, so I really wanted to make some bright, cheerful, kid friendly cards for this month’s stamp-a-stack. Most children love cupcakes and they’re allowed to bring them on their birthday at our school so the Sprinkles of Life stamp set paired with the Festive Birthday DSP seemed a perfect match.
The Sprinkles of Life set (p106 Annual Catalogue) is really versatile, the “frosting” stamp can also be an ice cream scoop or cloud and there are flowers and leaves in the same shape that can be punched out with the coordinating Tree Builder Punch as well as loads of complimentary images and sentiments.
I went with the cupcakes and birthday greeting on these cards and used the colours that are in the background Festive Birthday DSP. I do like this paper but find the bright colours a bit overwhelming in large amounts so was really pleased with this layout that still allows it to be enjoyed but not dominate the card.
The base of the card is Thick Whisper White and I added a layer of regular Whisper White embossed with the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder. I couldn’t decide whether I liked the embossed or debossed side better so I ended up using a mix of both.
On my original card, with the Melon Mambo candles, I just embossed the front of the card but I like the body that the extra layer adds so added it to the rest but you could just do the base to save cardstock.
All the frosting tops are stamped on the confetti sheet from the Festive Birthday DSP. I love how it looks like there are hundreds and thousands (or sprinkles – depending on where you live) already on it, I only had to add the outlines and punch them out, quick and easy 🙂
I also used DSP for the cupcake wrappers and stamped them in Basic Grey for a soft look. The wrappers and candles can’t be punched out with the coordinating punch, but they’re so easy to fussy cut it’s not a problem.
The Sprinkles of Life stamp set is photopolymer which made it easy to achieve the two colours on the candles. I inked up just the flame in Crushed Curry (for all but one) and then turned the stamp around to ink up just the candle part in the coordinating ink. A little extra step but I really like the end result 🙂
The cupcakes are adhered to a Whisper White circle die cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle and this layer is popped up with dimensionals – I do love dimensionals 🙂
The sentiment only says happy birthday, but I used the same trick as the candles to make it just a little longer which I thought was needed with such a large image. I used the leftover strips that you always seem to accumulate for the sentiments and then cut them down to the size I wanted after I’d stamped and popped them up with the edge pieces of my dimensionals.. These little strips are great for sentiments, banners and small images, make sure you keep them somewhere handy, you’ll find you use them all the time and save money by not cutting into your larger pieces.
The insides are very simply finished with a Whisper White layer and a strip of the matching DSP on one side.
- Standard card base – tent fold: 10.5 x 14.8cm (when folded)
- Embossed layer: 10 x 14.3cm
- DSP: 8.5 x 11cm (front), 7/8″ x 14.3cm (inside),
2-1/4″ x 8″ confetti design (enough for 6 tops), scraps for bases
- Whisper White: 10 x 14.3 (inside), 3″ x 3″ (stitched circle), scraps for sentiment
To make 6 cards using these dimensions you would need:
- 3 sheets of Thick Whisper White for the bases
- Approx. 3-1/2 sheets Whisper White for the layers and circles
- 2-1/4 x 8″ strip DSP for the frosting
- 12″ x 12″ piece of DSP for the front and inside layers and cupcake bases.
Note: you will need to cut the inside strips in the opposite orientation to the front layers, be careful using a directional design
I really like this bright and cheerful set and even though I had kids in mind when I created these I wouldn’t complain if one arrived in my mailbox on my birthday 🙂
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Sprinkles of Life Stamp-a-Stack Supplies
(I’m just going to list three inks in the supplies list today, this set really doesn’t need all the colours I used, I just wanted to experiment).
Sprinkles of Life // 139971
Tree Builder Punch // 138295
Festive Birthday DSP // 141630
Thick Whisper White cardstock // 140490
Whisper White cardstock // 106549
Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder // 133739
Stitched Shapes Framelits // 145372
Basic Grey ink // 140932
Crushed Curry ink // 131173
Pumpkin Pie ink // 126945