I did a technique on today’s card instead of a lot of stamping.  The Direct To Paper Technique has been around forever.  It works best on Glossy card stock, and SU has recently brought Glossy back to our catalog. YAY!!  So I thought I would share the technique with you.  I have added a little twist to it.  I have the spotlighted the first card and then the three in a group photo are further down.


Stampin' Up! Glossy card stock, Jackie Beers, stampinup, jackiebeers

Glossy Card Stock, 144240


The Direct To Paper technique is like making your own Designer Series Paper.  You simply swipe the ink pad across your card stock.  I used just the edge of the pad and made a random swoosh.  How easy is this???

The twist I mentioned is that instead of using the regular ink pads, I used the Stampin’ Spots.  The ones I used are from my Paper Pumpkin kits.  (Yet another reason to join the Paper Pumpkin monthly kit club!!)  Although you can purchase Uninked Stampin’ Spots in the catalog and ink them using your Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills.  I prefer the spots as it gives me a little more control.  But it is personal preference and depends on the look you want to achieve.  This is another technique that will never look the same way twice!  Love that !!



Island Indigo has always been a favorite of mine, and when I added these two colors with it I was in Love!.  FYI, if you are unfamiliar with Glossy card stock, it does make the colors look a little dull instead of bright.

I made two 1/4 sheet backgrounds, and then cut one into two squares for the 4 X 4 cards.  Here are the three cards I made while I was playing.


stampin' up! glossy card stock trio, Jackie Beers

Glossy card stock, 144240


I apologize for the glare on the full size card, my lighting is not great.  But I hope you will  give this technique a try again ,or for the first time.

***This is a great time to remind you of the Paper Pumpkin Special.  Try your first month for only $10.00 !!  You can cancel at any time.  Besides the cute stamp sets that you get in the monthly box, you will also get at least one (and sometimes more) Stampin’ Spots in each month’s kit.  I have a link below where you can order the next Paper Pumpkin.


  • Full size card is 4 1/4 X 11 folded in half, and the layers are 4 X 5 1/4, and 3 3/4 X 5
  • The two smaller cards are 4 X 4 with the base 8 X 4, the layers are the largest scallop and largest straight from the Layering Squares Framelits.  The glossy is 2 1/2 X 2 1/2


Please do not forget to look at this Awesome special for Paper Pumpkin.  New Subscribers can try their first month for 50% off.  That means it is only $10.00 to get the first box.  The contents are worth well over that amount.  There is no obligation to continue the subscription.  But I hope you will fall in love with it as I have.  If you decide that you do not want it after the first, or even the tenth, you simple go to the website and cancel.  It is that easy.  So give it a try at this half price rate.