This was love at first sight! Oh, the possibilities of black and white. This post is about how I am getting the most from True Love Designer Series Paper. First I need to show you the fabulous black and white patterns. If you are having trouble seeing all the beautiful images in an email, please head over to my website.

The True Love DSP can be found in the Mini Catalog January-June 2021 (click on each of the links below to view the online catalogs).

I am so thrilled with so many of the new products in the Mini Catalog. I know that you will be able to find something to inspire your creativity.

If you are new to Stampin’ Up! I’ll give you a quick summary of our current promotion. January -February 2021 is Sale-A-Bration. During this period you earn free exclusive products for every $50 increment of product purchased. I highly recommend JOINING Stampin’ Up! and my Team during the Sale-A-Bration period for the extra Bonus DSP. ASK ME ABOUT JOINING TODAY!

Free DSP for Joining during Sale-A-Bration Jan-Feb 2021


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The Fussy Cut Basics

Let’s start with some of the basics. I like to have a thicker cutout for dimension. So, I added Basic Black cardstock to the back of the DSP before fussy cutting. To add the cardstock to the DSP you can use an Adhesive Sheet or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

TIP #1: Give the glue a couple of minutes to dry before cutting.

Fussy cut image from patterned paper

TIP #2: Leave a thin white edge when fussy cutting for a clean outline.

TIP #3: Use SHARP detail scissors (I prefer the Stampin’ Up! Snips). Open the scissors and slowly cut while moving the paper not the scissors. It is ok to ‘chip away’ while cutting.

Ready for the cards? Here they are

For today’s project I have created several cards using images fussy cut from the True Love DSP, the NEW DSP 6″ x 6″ Bonus for Joining and a couple different embossing folders and embellishments.

  • Card Bases: Thick Whisper White cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  • Message Inserts: Whisper White cardstock 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Envelope: Medium Whisper White

Card #1 – DSP Background

Fussy cut images on DSP
Uses DSP Exclusive for Joining

Instructions for Card #1

  • Cut & Assemble layers:
    • Melon Mambo cardstock: 3-15/16″ x 5-3/16″
    • 6″ x 6″ DSP: 3-3/4″ x 5″
      • Cut 3-3/4″ save 2-1/4″ for envelope flap
      • Cut 5″ save 1″ for the band on Card #2
  • Arrange fussy cut images and adhere
first arrangement of fussy cut images
If I placed the sentiment strip over this grouping, I will lose most of the flower image.
second arrangement of fussy cut images
I cut the larger flower image apart and left more space in the center which will be covered by the sentiment
  • Layer the embossed sentiment
final laying plan
  • Complete card layering and add DSP to the envelope
add dsp to envelope flap
  • Add some Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins

ALTERNATIVES: Think about all Designer Series Papers in your collection. Black & white fussy cut images will work seamlessly with so many of the tone on tone patterns for a similar look.

Card #2 – Pinewood Plank Embossed Background

Fussy cut images on DSP strip layerd on pinewood embossed cardstock
Uses Pinewood Plank 3D embossing folder

Instructions for Card #2

  • Cut layers:
    • Basic Black cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • Thick Whisper White cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Emboss Thick Whisper White with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder
  • Layering Band behind floral:
    • DSP from Card #1: 1″ x 3-3/4″ for the band
    • Melon Mambo cardstock: 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″
line up layers using Stamparatus
TIP: Use the Stamparatus to line-up the edge of layers
  • Arrange large floral fussy cut image and adhere with Black Dimensionals
  • Add some Matte Black Dots to complete the look
  • True Love DSP: Cut 2-1/4″ x 6 for envelope flap

Card #3 – Parisian Flourish Embossed Background

Fussy cut images on DSP strip layerd on pinewood embossed cardstock
Uses Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder

Instructions for Card #3

  • Cut layers:
    • Thick Whisper White cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Emboss Thick Whisper White with the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder
  • Use Blending Brush (NEW TOOL IN MINI CATALOG) to add Melon Mambo ink to the flower and Old Olive ink to the leaves. I added a little Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend to the veins of the leaves. And Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend to the center of the flower.
  • TIPS:
    • Clean brush by wiping on a damp cloth until no color transfers.
    • Add ink directly from the ink pad with a light swipe of the Blending Brush. Practice your pressure on a scrap of cardstock. I always rub off a little ink before working on my project.
closeup of belended flower
  • Add the sentiment strip
  • Arrange the colored fussy cut image and adhere with Black Dimensionals
  • Add some Matte Black Dots to complete the look
  • True Love DSP: Cut 2-1/4″ x 6 for envelope flap

The Sentiment Strip

The sentiment I used on Card #1 and Card #3 was created using the Best Year and Let’s Create Together stamp sets. I stamped the ‘Thank You’ sentiment using the Stamparatus and the 2nd line using a Clear Block. The Basic Black strip measured about 1″ x 3-3/4″.

I cut the Best Year stamp sentiment apart. If you can’t bring yourself to doing this step, you can mask the row of words off.

cut sentiment stamp apart

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