Coastal Cabana and Pool Party Layers

I had an idea that kept swimming around in my head using Coastal Cabana and Pool Party layers and it took me all week to finally make something I’m happy with. I know, I know, I have been making cards for so many years Stampin’ Up! wasn’t even born yet! But, even from my first year with Stampin’ Up! I was much better at CASEing a card from Stampin’ Pretty than I was at creating a card of my own from scratch.

This card uses everything I used on a Note Card earlier this month, but changed colors. The Splendid Thoughts stamp set is still available through me, just shoot me an email and we’ll talk. This two-step stamp set doesn’t even try to line up the coloring stamp, which is distINKtive carved by the way, and I think that’s fabulous! Too many frustrated stampers out there not happy with the way they couldn’t get the colored stamp part to line up. This stamp set doesn’t even attempt to line up.

The measurements make everything so easy, and I purposely skewed the vellum layer so it showed more, and added interest. I stayed with two ink colors, and chose to stamp the colored part using the technique called “stamping off”. This means you ink up, stamp a scrap paper, and then stamp your card panel. Both the lined image and the colored image are Coastal Cabana.


  • Stamp set: Splendid Thoughts
  • Inks: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight marker
  • Paper: Pool Party, Vellum, Basic White regular thickness card stock, Basic White medium envelopes
  • Basic Supplies: Big Shot and embossing folder of choice, Fine-Tip Glue pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, tape runner or liquid glue, acrylic blocks
  • Pretties: Linen Thread (and gold Wink of Stella if you can find it)


  1. Score and cut Pool Party card stock. DO NOT FOLD YOUR CARD BASES YET!
  2. Cut Pool Party 4″ x 5-1/4″ and run through the Big Shot in an embossing folder you love. DO NOT ADHERE THIS PANEL TO YOUR CARD BASE YET!
  3. Cut vellum 3-3/4″ x 5″
  4. Cut Basic White 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and 4″ x 5-1/4″
  5. Stamp both the sentiment and bumblebee in Crumb Cake on 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ white panel
  6. Stamp line image in Coastal Cabana on front panel, as well as the inside panel, and your envelope while stamps and ink pads are out
  7. Ink up the second-step stamp in Coastal Cabana, stamp it off on scrap, then stamp over the line image
  8. Flick Daffodil Delight marker inside the lid and onto your panel to add splatters as desired. Or, find your Gold Wink of Stella and flick it to add sparkle. (note to self)
  9. Tie a Linen Thread bow using a 10 Second Bow Maker, or if you’re really good at this, free-hand a bow knowing you are better than me (ha ha ha!)
  10. Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the bow in place and hold there with an acrylic A block for five minutes. Trust me, it’s worth it. Fine-Tip glue dries clear and hard without any stickiness left behind (to glue itself inside the envelope later, even much later — ask me how I know)
  11. Adhere the vellum layer to the embossed panel using adhesive only in the center. Here’s why: Vellum shows glue and tape runner through it so you only have to adhere the middle of these layers. Simple cheat that I love? Use a stapler! Because you haven’t attached the embossed piece yet, your staple won’t show through to the inside of the card
  12. NOW YOU CAN use whatever adhesive you like best to adhere the embossed layer to the card front
  13. Use five Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere your stamped panel to the card base. You can skew it to the other direction, or place it straight up and down like I have. TIP: If you place your Dimensionals a half inch inside the edges of your panel, it will look like it’s floating properly.
  14. Adhere the inside panel of Basic White inside your card
  15. Stamp the back of your card with whatever you use to mark it as yours. I got my Keepsake of Kindness stamp from Joscie.com.
  16. NOW YOU CAN FOLD YOUR CARD and burnish the fold with your Bone Folder.

This looks like a bunch of steps and you may not want to cut this many layers of product, but using the methods in “4 Cards in 30 Minutes” and making 4 cards at a time is worth it because I show you how to have little to zero scrap to store. Plus you have cards to use again later when you don’t have time to make another one.

Print these instructions out using the new PrintMe button show below in the “Sharing is Caring” section. If you’re viewing this blog post on your iPhone, you will have to lay the phone on its side to widen the view before it shows up. Using an iPad is another story altogether and may not show at all.

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