I {heart} papers Guest Designing

One can pay back the loan of gold,
but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
~ Malayan Proverb

Hola mis amigos.

I’m muy excited to be hanging out with the talented and fun ladies at i {heart} paper (IHP) for the next two months as a guest designer. Kate offers an amazing selection of the best, new and trending products from companies like Wplus9, Fresh Squeezed Stamps, Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn, CAS-ual Fridays, Authentique, Fancy Pants, and the list just keeps on going.

For my first card I wanted to make something to say ¡muchas gracias to Kate, Libby, Tracy, and the rest of the IHP compañeros for letting me hang out with them.

Mucos Gracias

This card was inspired by a trip Mr. Catered Crop and I made to Santa Fe just over a week ago. We were wandering in and out of shops around The Plaza when I found this!

Tutto Buttons

It’s a wall of buttons in Tutto Santa Fe. Poor Mr. CC knew he lost me, so he ran off looking for coffee while I basked in the glow of buttons.

Tutto Button Card

I chose this button because its jewel tones matched the multicultural Spanish, Mexican and Native American cultures in Santa Fe so beautifully. Here’s the very simple inside.



Tips & Techniques

Papel picado is a traditional folk art from Mexico that involves cutting out intricate patterns on colorful tissue paper. I wanted to represent their soft tissue texture, so I stamped the images onto mulberry paper.

Here’s how I created my papel picado garland.

1. Machine stitch near the top of your 8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″ mulberry paper.


2. Stamp three to four the papel picado images on the mulberry paper lining up the dots across the top with your straight stitch. Stamp them about 1/8″ apart.


3. Cut out each of the four banner images with the Papel Picado Banners Die. Tape the die in place. When you run it through the die cut machine, it will cut out the banner, but not cut the thread.


After you have all four banners cut, just pull the mulberry paper away from the stitches and you have a delicate garland.

To make the banner/garland appear to be hanging across the ceiling, as they usually do, I created a frame out of paper and lifted it up with dimensional tape. The purple garland is glued flat to the base paper. The yellow garland is glued to the back of the frame, and the orange garland is taped to the top of the frame.

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

Finished size 6-1/2″ by 6-1/2″. Other ingredients include button from Tutto Santa Fe; Stampin’ Up! Really Rust, So Saffron and Elegant Eggplant classic ink; Stampin’ Up! Really Rust cardstock.

I am submitting this to Crazy 4 Challenges #201, C4C201.


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Sweet Comments

  1. I can so see how you were inspired. What a fabulous use of this stamp set!
    Kim S recently posted . . . Curtain Call with SPARKS: Back to SchoolMy Profile

  2. Sew Cute : )

  3. A wall of buttons!! Oh my, that would be fabulous!! Wonderful card. I love the techniques you used – so fitting.

  4. Absolutely LOVE your gorgeous card, Linda! And love the inspiration behind it. That button is GORGEOUS!! What a wonderful shop to stumble upon. I’m excited to see what you share with IHP the next two months!!
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  5. I love this set – I bought it and made some cards but totally missed the dies for it! Off to shop….muchas gracias!
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  6. This is utterly gorgeous, Linda! I’m in love with your color, pattern and layout choices! AMAZING! Excited to have you with us at IHP!
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  7. What a great card!! We’re so happy to have you guesting with us this month. Let me know if you need anything!
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