Here’s a Quick Way to Add Texture

Texture Using Thinlits


Is it any surprise that when we think of adding texture to a project we typically think embellishments?

This isn’t the case at all.

In fact you probably have the biggest resource of texture laden products sitting next to you- Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.

Today not only do I have a blog hop by the magnificent Artisan designers I’m sharing, I’m also going to show you a way to add texture to a card that’s brilliant using a Thinlits die.


Flourishing Phrases & Coordinating Thinlits

Normally when I think of the word texture I think of do-dads that I can add to my card so that when I touch it I can feel bumpy or something.  That something could be a lot of things such as:

  • buttons
  • Enamel Dots
  • Ribbon


Obviously there are many ways to add texture to a project, but today I was thinking about adding texture that is subtle.  Something more flat in nature when applied to paper and one that will go through the postal system a little easier.

Flourish Thinlits

Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

This week the Artisan team is focusing on the coordinating products Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits.

TWO fantastic products that can be bundled together to create texture filled projects.

I fell in love with the stamp set, but it was the Flourish Thinlits that tipped my love button all the way to the top.  This is a product that can add texture to a card in a way that is so subtle, and so beautiful.

Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team


By die cutting the thinlits in the same color as the card base, this intricate die cut added extreme interest to the card without adding a lot of bulk.


One thing I hear from paper crafters is this:

“Kimberly, I love all of the do-dads, but I’m not spending a dollar to mail my card filled with do-dads.”


Man, do I understand that statement.  Although the little voice inside my head says the same thing, I still send them.  Here is an alternative that you will not only love but I encourage you to try with other framelits/thinlits besides the Flourish Thinlits.

Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

I decided to create 5 cards using the 2015-2016 In Colors along with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and one image from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

The large flourish in the coordinating Thinlits was the perfect size to use for the background.  I used Whisper White, the same as the card base.  Next to the large flourish I used the large splatter image from Touches of Texture to add in color.

The Flourishing Phrases stamp set has all of the greetings you can imagine.


Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team


The coordinating of products could not be any easier for this project.  Simple pieces such as the In Color Doilies, ribbon and Designer series paper created ease when designing this project.


Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

Each card is the same except for the color.



Tips & Tricks

Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team


A couple of tips & tricks when creating this project…

  • The Big Shot Die Brush is amazing when working with intricate dies.  HOWEVER, if you look closely at my cards above, you will see that not every intricate piece did I remove.  I loved how beautiful this looked with some of the small pieces still stuck inside the die cut.  It only added more interest.
  • Use a Glue-Pen when attaching intricate die cuts. It dries quickly and you can reach very intricate pieces with it’s very fine tip.
  • The designer paper pattern you see on each of the cards comes from the 2015-2017 In Color 12 x 12 Envelope Paper.  Gorgeous and thinner.

Texture, Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

Your Turn! 

I’m anxious to hear what other dies you find to use this simple but effective technique when adding texture to a card.

Don’t forget to share with me or leave a comment telling me your favorite thing you love to use when adding texture to a card.


It’s time to take a tour and see what the other Artisans have created using the Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits.

Click the button below and your first stop will be Krista Frattin’s blog.  Let’s see her amazing creativity today.

Texture, Stampin' Up!



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  1. These are beautiful, Kimberly! You are a master at adding texture in so many ways, and I love how you did it with a monochromatic color scheme for these.

  2. I love everything about these cards and can’t wait to try it with whatever thinlits I have in my stash! Thanks for the inspiration, Kimberly!

  3. These are nice cards to create to have on hand or to even make a set of them to give in a boxed set as a great gift. I don’t have ‘Touches of Texture’ but think I could easily sub ‘Timeless Textures.’