Welcome to my blog. Over the years that I have been stamping and paper crafting, I have so often been inspired by the ideas on other sites and blogs. I hope I can pay that back in some measure with my own. (In between laughs -- or cackles as my son calls it!)

June 18, 2012

Tea and Polka Dots

Isn't this French 50's Cafe set from Sheena Douglass fun?  Today I decided to use only a small stamp from the set, the little polka dotted tea cup, and design my card around it.

This card uses the basic design principle of repetition. I find that repetition is a great way to get more use out of my smaller images. The circle theme is repeated throughout, and of course was inspired by the dots on the teacup. Let's see how many times circles were repeated:
  • The teacups have polka dots
  • The three images were punched with a 1 inch circle punch
  • The images were then layered on 1 1/.4 inch black circles
  • The background paper has polka dots
  • The rose-red strip has punched circles (3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 inches) layered in tone-on-tone fashion.  Tip:  this is a very cheap and quick way to add subtle dimension to your cards.
  • I used red 'rain dots' scattered across the front and on the 'j' in the greeting. These add a glistening look in real life.

I think its a fun, cheerful card that is sure to brighten someone's day! Try using repetition on one of your card creations soon!


  1. This is so cute! I love the teacup stamp!

  2. What an adorable card! I'm a new follower. :)