Time for a little nostalgia.

This time last year, one of my closest most beautiful friends, Alison “retired”. So what do you do when one of your BBFs retires, make her a card? DEFINITELY!  Now it’s time to share my “masterpiece”.


I love this card.. it is made with a non-Stampin’ Up! set (GASP) called “Maturing” by Art Impressions but combined with lots of Stampin’ Up! products. This set (no longer available) included dies as well.  This was a gift for my mum a few years ago but it’s never made it out of my craft room.  (Oops)

Alison is so young so this card is a joke.  She’s nowhere near 60, let alone retirement age! In her retirement, Al is busier than ever and took on a part-time job too. Thankfully, Al totally gets my sense of humor and enjoyed her card.

Wait… don’t go yet

The best part is inside.  Take a look.







In the set, there is a stamp and die for the backs of the people.  Hilarious!

Where are the Stampin’ Up! (SU) products?

Despite using a different brand stamp, I still used heaps of SU products including the high-quality Stampin’ Up! card stock, Designer Series Paper (Patterned) and a rainbow of Stampin’ Blends. (Hopefully, I captured them all in the list at the end of this post. I missed the skin tones petal pink and ivory).  As you can see there was no shortage of Stampin’ Up! products.

I don’t have Stampin’ Blends

No Stampin’ Blends, No worries. Use any alcohol markers you have at home to colour the images. Other brands won’t perfectly coordinate with your SU card stock and that’s okay.  Or use your alcohol-based blender pens with your classic inks. You can also swap the ink to a Black Stazon and colour your images with the Aquapainters.  If you want a bit more texture, heat emboss the images with Versamark, Black Embossing Powder and your Heat Tool then watercolour it. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

How to make it

Gather your basic supplies:

  • Base Card (Poppy Parade) – half an A4 sheet – approximately 14.9cm x 21cm.
  • Card Mat (Whisper) – 9.5cm x 13.5cm (3¾”x 5¼”)
  • Whisper white – 18cm x 10cm(7″x 10″), 10cm x 5cm (4″x2′)
  • Designer Series Paper – 9cm x 13cm (3½”x 5″)
  • Window Sheet – 9cm x 13cm  (3½”x 5″)

Step by Step

  1. Using your bone folder, fold your base card in half and open it out flat.
  2. Adhere your designer series paper to the card mat – make sure the centres are stuck together well
  3. Temporarily attach the card mat to the front of the base card (a glue dot works well here,)
  4. Using your die cutting machine and layering ovals die cut an oval from the centre of the card front (You will be cutting three layers together.)
  5. Remove the card mat. Close the card base and adhere the cut oval to the inside of the card using Multipurpose liquid glue, tear n tape or snail adhesive.
  6. Using tear n tape adhere the window sheet to the centre of the card front, making sure it is an equal distance from each edge and stick the tape to the card rather than the window sheet.  (You need to use a heavy-duty adhesive for this step).
  7. Stick the card mat/ designer series paper to the centre of the base card front being careful to precisely line up the ovals.
  8. Stamp your front and back picture images in memento ink on the large piece of white and die cut. My stamp’s matching dies were joined together, so I had to accommodate for this when I stamped my images.
  9. Stamp your sentiment on the whisper white (10cm x 5cm) and punch out with the Story Label punch. Adhere to the oval on the inside of the card using tear n tape or Multipurpose liquid glue.
  10. Clean your stamps.
  11. Colour the picture images and fill the “white space” using the light smoky slate Stampin’ Blend.
  12. Stick the front image to the front of the card using stampin’ dimensionals.
  13. Open the card and stick the back image to the window sheet taking care to line up the outlines – Multipurpose glue makes this easier BUT you won’t need a lot of glue and DO NOT put the glue all the way to edge – Place the glue about half a centimeter or quarter of an inch in from the edge to prevent it smudging onto the window sheet.
  14. Add Rhinestone jewels and Wink of Stella accents to the front of the card – Every card deserves a bit of sparkle or bling
Voila! It’s done!

I hope you enjoyed this card and use the concept to make this style of card at home.

Make sure you leave a comment below to tell me what you think.

Until next time, happy creating.


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