Make It Monday | Create Your Own Designer Series Paper

Make It Monday with Stampin' Up!

Welcome to a new week at StampinByHannah! This week is gonna be a busy one, I hope your ready!

Last week my gorgeous Team Leader challenged her team to create their own Designer Series Paper using stamps! I love a creative challenge, and for all I have made my own Designer Series Paper in the past it has been a while! So, I stamped some 3 3/4″ squares using the Swirly Bird stamp set, and then made a series of cards with them!

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Can you tell that I’m loving the Swirly Bird! I really enjoyed creating these cards, probably because I got to use a whole heap of inks! I will list my colour combinations at the bottom of this blog post, because I think they are fab, but all inspired by the 2015-2017 In Colours; Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Tip Top Taupe.

I think the easiest way of ensuring success with this is to try and balance the stamps and white areas. You can see I haven’t filled the paper with the images, they have room to breathe, but there isn’t so much white that the stamped images are lost. I find the easiest way to do this is to stamp your largest images first, and then add the next largest, and work back to the smallest stamps. The colour combinations are also important, here I have used two shades of the same colour (Delightful Dijon and Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron and Island Indigo) with a pop of a contrasting colour and a neutral (Sahara Sand) to pull the cards together and ensure they don’t clash.

Make It Monday Create your own Patterned Paper with Stamps using Swirly Bird from Stampin' Up! UK

The cards all all finished the same way, with the Thank You from Endless Thanks heat embossed in White onto a piece of Basic Black Card stock. Super simple, but very effective.

Colour Combinations:

  • Delightful Dijon, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Sahara Sand
  • Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie and Sahara Sand
  • Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand
  • Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand
  • Cucumber Crush, Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand


Card Base – 8 x 4″ (20 x 10 cm), Scored on the long side at 4″ or 10 cm

Whisper White Matt – 3 3/4 x 3 3/4″ (9.5 x 9.5 cm)

Basic Black – 1 1/2 x 1″ (4 x 2.5 cm)

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