I do love the Designer Series Papers from Stampin’ UP! I have been busy making ‘just a little note’ cards. We all have friends who have not ventured out into the world for a while. It is a good thing to send our friends a note. Something sweet in the mail to make them smile. I came up with a Farmhouse Hello note card to do just that.

Here is my card.

Embossed background with old coffee pot.

Do you notice the embossed background? I added silver embossed coffee pots to a piece of the World of Goods DSP. Here are the instructions for you.


  • Early Espresso cardstock:
    • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
    • 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for die-cutting
  • Very Vanilla cardstock:
    • 4″ x 5-1/4″ for inside card message panel
    • 3-3/4″ x 5″ for layering
    • 3″ x 3″ for stamped image
    • 1/2″ x 3-3/4″ for sentiment
  • World of Goods DSP: 4″ x 6″


  • Stamp the DSP background with Versamark ink using an image from Country Home stamp set.
  • Heat emboss with silver embossing powder. TIP: Stamp 3 or 4 images then emboss. Repeat until you have a background that pleases you.
  • Use Stitched Rectangle die to die-cut a piece that works with your design.


  • Stamp a cluster of foliage from the Country Home stamp set using Mossy Meadow ink.
  • Color with Stampin’ Blends. I used Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Cinnamon Cider, and Bronze.
  • Fussy cut image.

I am not the best at using the Stampin’ Blends. Sometimes I just don’t like the result. In this case, it was easy to cut the offending area out. TIP: Don’t give up.

cut away part of a stamped image
  • Stamp sentiment with Stamparatus using Mossy Meadow ink on Very Vanilla strip. Do not remove from Stamparatus. TIP: Use magnets on either end of the sentiment strip to keep it from pulling up.
  • Then stamp sentiment again over the Mossy Meadow with Versamark.
  • Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Die-cut the cattail strip from the Friendly Silhouette dies and Early Espresso strip.

FACTOID: Did you know that cattails are edible? They taste like a bitter cucumber. I have eaten a roasted cattail head in the spring with my kids during a scout program. Not bad. Apparently the lower leaves can be added to salads. The cattail produces more edible starch than almost any green plant – more than rice, potatoes, yams, or taros. An acre of cattails will produce about 6500 pounds of flour. The plant is tantamount to GOLD for a survivalist. Interested in more info on cattails? Check this site out.

  • Tie a double bow with linen thread.

ASSEMBLY (back to our regular programming…)

  • Layer card panels as shown.
  • Add Dimensionals to the sentiment. TIP: Don’t put Dimensionals behind the area that you plan to tuck the foliage.
  • Trim cattails and tuck behind the sentiment. Use a little dab a liquid glue.
  • Trim foliage image to tuck behind the sentiment and add 2 Mini-Dimensionals. TIP: The Dimensionals will keep the cattails in place no need for lots of adhesive.
  • Add bow using a couple of glue dots. TIP: Press bow into glue dots firmly to get maximum hold.

What did you think? Isn’t this a great way to add interest to Designer Series Paper? And that is my sweet Farmhouse Hello note using an altered DSP as my background.

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