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Designer Series Paper’s Little Black Dress

Most women have one hanging in their closet—a little black dress that can be accessorized up or down for almost any occasion. It’s totally indispensable when it comes to your fashion wardrobe. Now there’s a little black dress for your paper crafting, too! It’s called Back to Black Designer Series Paper and it is so incredibly versatile that you can use it on practically everything.

Black and white look great together all by themselves, but if you add some of the new Blendabilities alcohol-based markers (US/CA), you can customize this great Designer Series Paper for endless possibilities. On this card I shaded the white areas from right to left using the Coastal Cabana Assortment for a great look that gives the feeling of depth. Then I punched some flowers from Hello Honey and Melon Mambo Cardstock to add to the sentiment from the Hello There Hostess Stamp Set.

Coloring the small white hexagons on this card really brings this background to life. I used the medium Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers to add random areas of color. I love how these particular markers work so well with the Tangerine Tango Designer Series Paper and the Hello Honey Cardstock. As a matter of fact, probably one of the best things about the new Blendabilities markers is that they work perfectly with your other Stampin’ Up! inks and accessories.

For this final card I used the medium Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight markers to color the flowers on the left panel along with the lightest Old Olive marker to color the leaves. You may not know this, but you don’t always need to shade with your Blendabilites markers. As a matter of fact, they look great when used individually. Another great thing about coloring on this particular Designer Series Paper is this: on several of the designs it doesn’t show if your color accidentally bleeds outside the lines.

The sentiment of this card is from one of my favorite new stamp sets, Hello Darling. The flowers on all three cards were made using the Petite Petals Punch and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The leaves were made with the Bird Punch and Old Olive Cardstock.

So what are you waiting for? During the month of July, Stampin’ Up! is having a Buy 3 Get 1 Free on Designer Series Paper (US/CA)—so it’s a great time to stock up on all of your favorites!  Be sure to add Back to Black Designer Series Paper along with Blendabilities markers to your order. After all, everyone needs a little black dress in their paper crafting closet!

Connie Collins
2013–2014 Artisan Design Team


  • Linda Fisher

    Feb 08

    Gorgeous, beautiful, and inspiring. So glad I came across your cards on Google. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dianne Stilp

    Feb 08

    Beautiful card ideas

  • Phyllis Strickland

    Feb 08

    Love your cards! What a creative way to add flair to the Back to Black DSP!

  • Cindee Wilkinson

    Feb 08

    Connie, your cards are STUNNING! Looks like the dsp came that way.

  • Dawn

    Feb 08

    Awesome idea and the look is terrific on each card! Thanks for sharing!

  • Paula Dobson

    Feb 08

    I struggle to use DSP on my cards, but I am in love with the idea of colouring to match your project. You are simply too clever Miss Connie!!

  • Wendy Riordan

    Feb 08

    I love these cards!! :)

  • Lorrie Gould

    Feb 08

    Beautiful cards Tami, as usual!

  • Deb Paisie

    Feb 08

    Thank-you for a fabulous year of projects and I hope you will continue to blog.

  • Michele Zygmunt

    Feb 08

    I don't think I would have thought to color in the patterns in the Back to Black DSP. Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan

    Feb 08

    What a wonderful new way to use the dsp. Will definately be giving this a try.

  • Rosemarie Diehl

    Feb 08

    Gorgeous, Connie! I've enjoyed all of your ADT Posts! Your creations are a great source of inspiration :)

  • Theresa

    Feb 08

    This is gorgeous...I love your color combination.