All Squared Away – Good Things Grow

Our current challenge at CARDZ 4 GUYZ (#293) is to add texture to your card.

What does texture mean to you?  Dry or Heat Embossing, Visual Patterns, Layers, Twine or Ribbon…there are a lot of textures to choose from.

Bringing it all together: Just Add Ink Challenge (#597) – Choose Two [Paper and Pattern]; Colour INKspiration Facebook Challenge (#118) for the Color palette; and Sunday Stamps Challenge (#280) for the Sketch.

Here is the result:



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • Background Panel: (4⅛” x 5⅜”) Very Vanilla cardstock (not seen) to act as a sturdy base for the patterned papers.
    • Two Wood patterns, light and dark were selected from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack for visual texture.
    • Light Wood – Very Vanilla base: (4⅛” x 3½”) adhered in the center position.
    • Dark Wood: (4⅛” x 2”) cut in half and adhered top and bottom.
  • Thin Cross Strips: (4⅛” x ⅛”)
    • Linen Thread was wrapped around the Dark Wood to suggest the thin strips in the sketch and adds tactile texture.
  • Center Shape(s) – Potted Plants: Fussy-Cut Garden Green, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen Plants in a Gray toned Pots from the Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper pack.
  • Sentiment Label: (1⅝”) Very Vanilla cardstock scrap.
    • The sentiment, Good Things Grow…, from the All Squared Away stamp set was inked with the Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker and stamped on two lines: Good Things and Grow…, with the aid of the Stamp-a-ma-jig Positioning Tool.
    • The sentiment was then die-cut with the larger circle die from the Tasteful Labels Dies set.
    • The Label was then tinted with Soft Succulent ink using a Sponge Dauber.
    • The addition of color to edging detail of the circle shape also adds textural interest

The Linen Thread wrapped Background Panel was adhered to the card base.  The Sentiment Label was set in place as was the taller Potted Plant.  The other Potted Plant was popped up with Dimensionals and added more visual texture with the use of layering.

A unisex card with a leaning to the masculine.  I would use this card as a congratulations or a birthday card.  Graduations will be happening soon…

I hope I have inspired you to try your hand at adding texture to your next project.  If you do, please share it with us at Cardz 4 Guyz.  I would love to see what you create.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

7 thoughts on “All Squared Away – Good Things Grow

  1. Love love love the all the wooden texture…great masculine colors too!! Way to go inspiring those who decide to play along with our new “add texture” challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!!


  2. Beautiful, Jolanda – I so love this suite! Somehow I haven’t gotten around to fussy cutting the DSP, MUST DO THIS now, thanks to you! Perfect combo of DSPs! Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!


  3. I love all of the texture surrounding your beautifully fussy cut plants Jolanda. You’ve used your 2 chosen challenge elements perfectly. Thanks for joining in with us at Just Add Ink this week.


  4. Lovely card – really love your use of twine. Really wonderful way to use the papers. Chantell Just Add Ink


  5. This is just a perfect gender neutral card Jolanda! The wood and twine add so much texture and the fussy cut potted plants look wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us at Sunday Stamps!


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