I’ve gotten some feedback from a few folks that indicate that they’d like to see cards that are….simpler. And take fewer goodies to make. I completely get that! When I first started doing this – heck, even today!! – I’d see posts come thru and think “I’ve got to have that stamp set, and another pack of paper, and a punch or two, maybe a Thinlit set, some different ink…” Usually I’d just buy it – cause I’m weak! But, just as soon as that package came, I’d see another post with another wonderful card and the cycle would start anew!
So, I decided to try to incorporate some card/stamp combos like that. Give you some ideas to maximize your return and keep the budget under control! I’ll try to do it maybe once a week. What do you think? Well – maybe I’ll ask that again at the END of this post! 🙂
For this first installment, I’m using a brand new Holiday Stamp set – that you can get on 1 Sept – to make two Christmas cards. I’ve also used a limited number of tools and accessories. The stamp set is called Every Blessing – and it’s gorgeous. It’s three stamps – and I’ve used them all on these cards. And that’s the only set I needed! Take a look-see:
The design for this card comes from Freshly Made Sketches, #199:
We’re going to go simpler/quicker first and then we’ll talk about the ever-so-slightly more involved second card – the black and gold card.
For the first card – it’s a card base and a card front. No mat. Just clean and simple and done! It IS heat embossed – but, to me, that’s easy and quick and has high HIGH impact. One day soon, I’m going to do a post on what I call my “Kitchen”. My Pantry, and Small “Appliances” and “Condiments” – in crafter terms the basics of what I think all card crafters need (or even just WANT!) to have in their arsenal. As my friend Paul used to say “Proper tool for the Proper Job”. Anyway – watch for that, okay? So, for me, the things that go along with heat embossing are part of my Condiments list – but, they’re pretty critical. Like Salt and Pepper. And chocolate. My point is, don’t shy away from gathering the things you need to heat emboss – once you do, they last forever (almost) and give you really big bang for the buck!
This first card started with a simple piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock. And I thought that color just asked for Silver. Note: this picture doesn’t do the color combo justice – it’s much richer looking in real life! First, I rubbed the card stock with my Embossing Buddy. Don’t forget to do this – it will save you re-do’s. Not saying that happened to me on THIS card, or anything! 😉 Then, I inked up the main image in Every Blessing (avail 1 Sept) with Versamark Ink and stamped it onto my card stock. I did the same with the second sentiment and stamped it along side the Nativity scene.
I sprinkled both images with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, shook off the excess and heat embossed the whole thing. Heat embossing just gives me a little thrill me every time I do it – I really love watching that stuff melt and get all gorgeous!
Then, I pulled out my Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack (avail 1 Sept) and cut my strips. This stack is very cool – each design is in silver and gold (front and back) and you get 3 of each design (this is a 6″ x 6″ stack). So it’s quite cost effective, especially for doing accent strips like on this card. Each strip is only 1″ wide and the banner strip is only about 3″ long. I cut the banner with my snips (see? You don’t even NEED the Banner Triple Punch – can’t help it if you WANT it!!). I adhered both strips with little tiny dots of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue that I put behind the printed areas on the vellum.
Then, I popped that puppy onto my Whisper White Thick Card Stock card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The final touch was a medium sized Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the star. Those jewels are DEFINITELY pantry items for me – I’m NEVER without them and their cousins – the Pearl Basic Jewels. Not. Ever!
If you want to go just a little bigger and fancier – add a Foil Mat behind your card front. Like in the second card….
Same exact card – only embossed on Basic Black in Gold, not Silver, used the Gold side of the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum paper (which you can get a sampling of in the Holiday Shares….), and SNAILd the piece to a mat made from a piece of Gold Foil. Or, if you don’t have any Gold Foil sheets – how about making both these cards with opposite colors? Mat the Blackberry Bliss card in Basic Black and the Basic Black card in Blackberry Bliss. Pretty efficient way to make a beautiful stack of Christmas Cards, yes?
The inside of both cards is essentially the same. I just stamped the third sentiment in the Every Blessing set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
Those of you who’ve been following along with me for a while can probably guess why there’s Rhinestones on the inside… But you’re only guessing and you have no proof, so…. 😉
So, with one stamp set you can easily make multiple cards, just by changing a couple of colors around! Easy peasy! Consider the Every Blessing stamp set when it comes available on 1 September! And don’t forget that you can get samplings of the new designer papers – like this Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum – in the Holiday Shares that are open now.
So – let me know. Would you like to see more projects that use fewer items? One-stamp-set-wonders, maybe? Leave me a comment and me know what YOU’D like to see on Stamps-N-Lingers!
TTFN and see you tomorrow!
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Whisper White Thick Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front)
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum: 1″ x 5 3/8″ (snowflake); 1″ x 2 7/8″ (striped banner)
Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project (Card 2):
Whisper White Thick Card Stock: 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 4 1/4″) – I totally screwed up my first cut and that’s why this card ended up being a “weird” size! You could definitely use the regular A2 sizing! 🙂
Gold Foil: 4 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mat)
Basic Black Card Stock: 4″ x 5″ (card front)
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum: 1″ x 5 1/4″ (snowflake); 1″ x 2 1/2″ (striped banner)
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