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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Simple Saturday - Back to Basics

Good morning friends! Hope you all had a GREAT week.

For today's post, I thought I'd go back to basics...when all that was available were stamps and ink. To do that, I made my own Designer Series Paper using the OSW (One Sheet Wonder) technique. The thing I just love about this technique is that if you have the ink to match the paper your project will always look great! And you never have to worry about having the DSP that will look "just right" with your project. Not that I want you to STOP buying DSP - let's not get crazy here - LOL!

The way to make an OSW is to start off with your biggest stamp and your lightest least that's what I do! The general idea is to use 3 or 4 stamps (I usually choose ones from the same set) and 3 coordinating colours and just get to work. Your sheet of paper (in this case Whisper White 8 1/2 X 11) must be full.

When you're done, you cut the sheet into several pieces (following a template or freehand) and use those pieces on your cards.

For today's card, I just cut a piece of my OSW to 3 7/8" X 5 1/8". I ended up covering the bottom half of it with a strip of Marina Mist, so I probably could have cut the piece of OSW a bit smaller. Oh well! Live and Learn - LOL!

So, after cutting my OSW, I adhered it to a piece of Basic Black cut to 4 X 5 1/4". I then added a piece of Marina Mist to the bottom half of the card. My one little "cheat" (not a basic) was the black ribbon I used to hide the seam between the two pieces.

My stamped image is the "Extreme Guitar" stamped on Whisper White and matted on Basic Black and Pacific Point. It's adhered to the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. The last little touch was the sentiment stamped in Pacific Point on Whisper White and matted on a piece of 1 3/4" Pacific Point.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Extreme Guitar; and that set I can't name...*sigh*
INKS: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Basic Black
PAPERS: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Stampin' Dimensionals, Ribbon, Punches

Happy Stampin'!


  1. Good job making your own DSP! I don't think I've ever made a full sheet, usually just a card size sheet. I like the card you made as well!

  2. I love these stamps and you did an awesome job making the DSP. I love it!!

  3. Love it! Great job.

  4. This would make a great card for teens, they are so hard to create for. Love your OSW.

    Thanks for sharing,


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