Monogram Magic Stampin’ Up! Style

Stampin up flourish

Monogrammed cards and stationery enjoy a tradition of elegance. And, they couldn't be hotter in the stamping industry.  However, making your own custom design can be simple and quick using a classic alphabet stamp set, like Stampin' Up!'s Schoolbook Serif (my favorite, but who knows once the fall/winter catalog is released on Aug. 11 :)  Check out these Fall/Winter Sneak Peeks and don't miss the latest Stampin' Up! addition–the Big Shot Die Cutting System.

I needed a masculine card today so opted to use Chocolate Chip Textured Card stock and Very Vanilla.  TIP:  Monograms and flourishes are very regal and unisex.  The Schoolbook Serif "o" was inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Very Vanilla.  It pops out with ease using a 1 1/4" Square Punch and is matted on a 1 3/8" square of Chocolate Chip.  How speedy was that?

Stampin up flourish close
The frame is a splendid stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Frames with a Flourish set.  It's Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla card stock and is cropped with a perfectly matching Nestabilities square.  It's gets "stilts" with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The vertical panel employs the Baroque Background stamp.  TIP:  For heaven's sake, you don't need to have the "floral" part of this stamp included when all these lovely feathery guys can carry the show.  Again, it's Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla card stock, cropped using a Nestabilities Long Rectangle, matted on Chocolate Chip (cut 1/8" wider–so a 1/16" edge shows all the way around) and a Scalloped Long Rectangle (a Nestie, too) below.

The card base is Very Vanilla (4.25 x 5.5) with luxurious Chocolate Chip Textured card stock on top.  A strip of Stampin' Up!'s 5/8" Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon adds a nice contrast.  To create the top corner treatment, I stamped just a corner of the frame image again and punched it out using a Photo Corners Punch.  TIP:  The smaller corner was slightly wider that I wanted so I clipped off the overlapping Vanilla with my Paper Snips.  It's layered on another punch of the Photo Corner Punch in Very Vanilla. 

Considering Nestabilities or need a new set?  Check out Marcie's 40% off VIP Coupon for August at Cut At Home.  She listens to her customers (like me 🙂 and now carries Robin's Nest Dew Drops, in addition to many other stamping and scrapbook essentials.

Hugs and Pretties . . . M

Stamp Set:  Frames with a Flourish, School Book Serif Alphabet, Baroque Background
Paper:  Very Vanilla Textured, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Textured
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Cool Tools: 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Photo Corners Punch,  Nestabilities Long Rectangles and Squares, Cuttlebug
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Up!'s 5/8" Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals


  1. Using Frames with a Flourish to create a corner – I gotta remember that! (Love that idea!)


  2. Nice masculine card! Chocolate Chip is one of my fav SU! colors.

  3. Another beautiful card. I love the way you highlight tips!

  4. Wow, and then wow!!! Thanks to you and your kind advice I checked out the [email protected] web site and bought the small square “nesties”. They work great in my Big Shot, just as you said they would. Love the 40% “sweetie” they tack on each month too! I have ordered more! Have a great “Stampin’ Up” weekend!! I plan to now that I have my new “Nesties” to play with.

  5. I’ve always liked the Baroque background stamp, now I like it even more. Actually, I love the whole card! You do such wonderful things with the simplist stamps. My want list is getting longer! 8 more days to go!!:) Open, open, open.

  6. always so BEAUTIFUL!!

  7. Thanks for sharing Mary. Another great card. And thanks for the info on the 40% off coupon at Cut at Home. I have been thinking about the Nestabilities for some time now and with the new announcement from SU I know I will have to get them now!

  8. Colleen Kramer

    Very nice! (I almost typed pretty and caught myself. Handsome? 🙂 Definitely elegant…Can see this for a wedding card very easily, too. Thanks for the great ideas!

  9. Wow Mary, this is super elegant…just gorgeous!! I didn’t really like Choc Chip when I first joined SU, but I’ve grown to love it, it’s such a versatile colour and, as you’ve shown, very classy!!
    PS: We Aussies are desperately hoping that SU sells that Big Shot here too…how awesome is that?!!

  10. this is very elegant looking, and though I am not partial to brown, this looks fabulous.

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