Thoughtful Journey U Fold Card

by Joanne James22. May 2024 19:00

Today I'm sharing a card that was inspired by the current challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments:

There were so many great starting points on that inspiration board; I took my jumping off point as that image that features bottom right - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I liked the idea of taking a scene and overlaying it with some 'words of wisdom', so I took another of the designs in my Thoughtful Journey paper pack and picked out two of the colours in the paper to build a sentiment using 6 separate sentiments in the 'Unbounded Love' stamp set. This stamp set has so many different possibilities with sentiments that work for lots of specific occasions and also for 'just because' cards too. I chose a scene with some open space in it to accommodate my sentiment, and overlapped the words in each pair slightly - you can see that more closely below:


The sentiment stamps are photopolymer so they are so easy to line up and stamp - no platform required. I added a simple stem of diecut foliage using the Thoughtful Wishes Dies, tied with frayed ribbon, for decoration and a couple of Boho Blue enamel dots to complete my card. Once again, I was reluctant to crop my sheet of designer paper too much, so chose a u-shaped card that enabled me to extend the design further to the outer edges too, whilst still enabling it to concertina fold flat and fit a standard C6 size envelope. The card stands up on its own perfectly and I added a decorated panel to the reverse to write my message:


I really like the finished effect of this card; there are a few other patterns in the Thoughtful Journey paper pack that lend themselves to a larger/feature sentiment, so I might recreate with those too.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your evening and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Comments (6) -

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
5/23/2024 11:48:30 PM #

This is a great card. I think the fold is fantastic, especially with the secret writing panel at the back - which is so prettily decorated as well.

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
5/24/2024 7:00:31 PM #

This is just lovely! Everything about this is wonderful!

Fiona Whitehead
Fiona WhiteheadUnited Kingdom
5/25/2024 3:57:04 PM #

Very pretty Joanne - I like the idea of adding the extra flowers for dimension and interest.  Thanks for playing along with us again at Hand Stamped Sentiments

Genevieve United States
5/27/2024 4:26:32 PM #

Wow!  Stunning card!  Love the fold of the card and how you used the stamped words with the beautiful paper.  Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Patti Brunter
Patti BrunterUnited States
5/27/2024 5:34:07 PM #

This card really makes the inspiration from the pictures come to life! I love all the little details. The sentiment in 2 different colors really is a great idea! Thanks for joining the hand stamped sentiments challenge!

Jenny Engelke
Jenny EngelkeUnited States
5/28/2024 11:10:59 AM #

Absolutely gorgeous, Joanne! This fold is so neat and lends itself beautifully to this DSP. Oh, and that sentiment--chef's kiss!!!🤌🩵 Thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments for our inspiration challenge!

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