A New Side Of Designer Series Paper

Confessions of a paper hoarder – I love Stampin’ Up! DSP.  The designs are fun, cute and… dare I say it… budget-friendly.  What?  What did she say?  Budget friendly?  Yawn!  No seriously.   Each sheet of Stampin’ Up! DSP has two unique patterns – The “A” and the “B” side.  Today’s post is all about the “B” side of paper and why it’s so good for your creativity and your budget.

Let’s Talk Strategy

Stampin’ Up! plans everything – every stamp set, every piece of DSP, every die set – very carefully.  There’s a strategy to make sure EVERYTHING works together and that EVERYTHING has multiple uses.  Very good news for a crafter’s budget. Even better news for your creative self.   Here’s how the strategy works with holiday DSP like Painted Autumn.


Stampin’ Up! holiday DSP usually has one side of the paper patterned for the season.  This makes the “A” side great for holiday projects and pairs it with other products featured in the coordinating suite (and sometimes with several other products in the catalog).  But did you know the “B” side is usually more neutral with a subtle pattern that means it can be used for a wide range of year-long projects?

“B” Side Bright Thank You

stampin'-up!-flower-shop-painted-autumn-thank-you-easel-card---stampin'-with-pixie-stampin-up-stampin-with-pixie-p2My Painted Autumn Flower Shop Easel card uses two different pieces of the Painted Autumn DSP to create a bright happy background.  The bright coordinating colors used to stamp the flowers and leaves really make them pop.  This is just one example of how to stretch the Autumn-themed paper for non-holiday projects.  Stampin’ Up! DSP  helps your crafting budget go far and gives your creativity wings.

Tips & Techniques

Make The Card Base An Easel

It’s easy to create an easel card.  For this card: cut a 5 1/2″w x 11″l piece of cardstock and score it at 2 3/4″ & 5 1/2″.  Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! showing how to create a an easel card.  Note:  you only need one piece of cardstock for the card base.  Just cut it and score it as above.

Decorate The Front Before Attaching

Cut a 4 1/4″w x 5 1/2″h piece of cardstock.   This will be the front of the easel card.  It’s easier of you decorate it before you attach it.

Don’t Forget The “Easel Stop”

Don’t forget to pop up a strip of paper or a couple of die cuts on the card base to hold the front up when you open the card.  For this card, I used a couple of pansies popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionsals as my “easel stop.”


Play With Colors and Stamp Like Crazy

Have fun!  Play with colors when you stamp the Flower Shop flowers and the Flourishing Phrases leaves.  Use one of the colors to stamp the sentiment. These are the ink colors I used for this card.


Use Coordinating Stamps and Punches (or Dies) For An Easy Finished Look

Coordinating stamp sets like the Flower Shop stamp set and the Pansy Punch make life so much easier.  No worrying about getting the fussy cut just right, no hassle coordinated look and a quick finish.  Bonus – when they are bundled you can save 10%.

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What’s Your Favorite “B” Side

Time to share!  Which 2017 Holiday Catalog DSP do you think has the best “B” side designs?  Select your answer in the poll shown below.  The poll will be open until Friday, 10/13 11:59 p.m. (EST).  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s favorite choice.

Which Holiday Catalog DSP Has The Best "B" Side Designs?

Products Used For This Card

Love this bright cheery card!  Here are the products I used to make this card.  Buy them through my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking on any of the images or by clicking on Pixie.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day!  Peace, love and two paws up.