Fifth Avenue Simplicity

Stampin up fifth avenue floral

Pretty and simple are the theme of today's 5.25 x 5.25 card using Stampin' Up!'s new Fifth Avenue Floral stamp.  This is the first sketch I have tried from the Clean & Simple blog (thanks for the tip, Banu!) and I encourage you to take a peek at their fabulous layouts.

I inked up my Fifth Avenue blossom in Baja Breeze and stamped off once (on a scratch piece of paper) before stamping on Whisper White.  TIP:  This creates a soft background for layering the sentiment.  Using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I added the sentiment right where I wanted.  CLICK HERE for a tutorial on using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, one of my favorite tools.

Using a Texturz Plate (see pattern options below), I added a whimsical flower texture to the Basic Grey layer.  TIP:  Spritz the card stock with water before using the Texturz plates and the Big Shot Die Cut Machine.  It creates a more defined impression (still softer than a Cuttlebug Folder).  Thanks, Cindy O'Connor, for the handy tip.  Be sure to keep your card stock flat while it's drying (only takes seconds) to avoid curling.

A Soho Designer hardware "eyelet" becomes my "wow" factor.  I added it with a Crop-A-Dile, popping out the hole with the 3/16" punch and using the B1 setting (use A1 for open center pieces).  TIP:  Gently squeeze so you don't damage the eyelet.

The polka dot pattern is from Stampin' Up!'s new Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper.  It's layered over a luscious piece of Kiwi Kiss Textured card stock.  Three brads from Vintage Brads line up neatly in the corner.  TIP:  A Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit) make lining these guys up at attention a snap.

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Stamp Set:  Fifth Avenue Floral (113734)
Paper:  Urban Oasis Designer Series (113978), Kiwi Kiss Textured (111345, In Color Assorted), Basic Gray (108692), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Baja Breeze (111833), Basic Gray (109120)
Cool Tools:  Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (101049), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine113439), Texturz Plates Kit #4 (114531), Paper Piercer and Template (104310, Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch:  Soho Designer Hardware, Vintage Brads

Fifth avenue floral

Texturz plates


  1. The colors mesh beautifully together! Very nice card and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. wow…great card. Love the card.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  4. Very modern! Nice touch with the brads.

  5. Beautiful card. I love all the information you put in your blog about the card of the day. You are so special.

  6. OH, this is so pretty! I just love the colors, texture, and awesome brad you used! Lovely!

  7. Amanda Currier

    Love the Fifth Avenue Simplicity! Very pretty colors! Do you know if the texturz plates will work in a cuttlebug?

    Hi Amanda:

    I checked and the Texturz Plates DO fit through the Cuttlebug. I haven’t figured out the sandwich, however. Anyone out there that knows? Let’s see if someone in virtual stamping land can share the formula!



  8. Beautiful card! I love how many different plates there are in the texture plates.

  9. Very Pretty Mary. Thanks for the Texturz tip! Good to know!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Mary! That’s my new favorite stamp set. And that color combo is soooooo lovely!

  11. This is my fav. set so far… I LOOVEE it! I’m doing a Mega Swap of 40+ using it.. lets see if I say the same thing when I finish w/this swap! lol

    Happy Saturday to you!

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