Delicate Lanterns

Do you ever make a card that reminds you of why you love to stamp? Usually when you feel this way, your card exceeded your expectations and fits the style of stamping that you aspire towards. Although designing a card looks easy, if you’ve ever done it, you know it’s not easy at ALL. Luckily, there are so many resources now, such as blogs, pinterest, google, and stamping communities, so most stampers don’t need to come up with their own ideas. (It’s my hope that this blog inspires you in your creations!) However, when we create a card that comes out prettier than we expected, it’s sweet, isn’t it?

My card today came out better than I had imagined it would. The colors make me happy and the style is a mix of elegance and artfully placed mess (the messy part is the gold splatter all over, along with the lace). Perhaps I should call the card style shabby chic? Whatever it’s called, it makes me happy.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It’s all in the Paper

The reason why the card came out better then expected is because I first started with very different paper. The paper I was using, however, wasn’t “me.” The colors didn’t excite me, they didn’t coordinate well with the images, etc. I’m not sure why, but I was going with this paper even though I didn’t love it. However, as I was designing the card, I realized I was being silly. I didn’t “have” to use colors outside of my comfort zone. I could use colors I love – after all, it’s my card, right? I went with the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (141653). Oh my, oh my, oh my. This acetate is so beautiful. The design of the paper is trendy and modern, yet is also reminiscent of old architecture and vintage designs. In the metallic colors, is breathtaking.

I used only a small strip, but it made my card. The gold color tied into the other colors and gave it a delicate, vintage feel.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make the design on the circle, I inked up the large stamp from the Moroccan Nights stamp set with Sahara Sand and inked off onto scrap paper. I then stamped onto the circle, and it made a subtle image on the paper.

The lanterns are fussy cut but since there are only two, it didn’t take too long. When I finished the card, I used Gold Wink of Stella to put everything together. I splattered it over the whole project.

Follow a Layout

The Paper Craft Crew sketch inspires the layout for this project. Isn’t it an awesome sketch? I hope you will join in and play along! You have a whole week to follow the sketch, too. Click PCC#223 to follow along.


I hope that next time you stamp, you hit your sweet spot and enjoy!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Moroccan Nights, One Big Meaning
Paper: Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Other: Gold Wink of Stella, 1/8” Gold Ribbon, Very Vanilla ½” Lace Trim, Rhinestones

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