I never thought I would say it, but I think I have fallen in love with making quick clean & simple cards. (shock) I have been super busy here behind the scenes working on samples for the upcoming Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show (January) and the projects for the packaging for my May stamp release. The packaging samples and the bulk of the show samples are cards so I felt like I needed to really embrace cards and learn to simplify. I searched Pinterest for card sketches that would help me. After a few cards, I started needing the sketches less and less. I knew a change had come over me when I sat up in bed one night with a card design on my brain that I simply had to jot down right then.
One thing that has made the process so much easier for me has been the discover of the Matting Basics Dies from Spellbinders. I am not a fan of measuring so finding nested dies that are the perfect sizes for cards is a huge thing for me! I always have my die cutting machine out (I use the Spellbinders Platinum, but my dies and the Matting Basics will work with the other brands like the Big Shot) and ready to use, so I just pick the size of mat I want and die cut it. It is so quick and easy and that is a beautiful thing!
Another thing I did to make the process easier for me was to find this chart online that has the “correct” card measurements on it. I bought a pack of smooth cream cardstock (cream is part of the theme for my CHA display) and cut and scored a bunch of card bases at once. Having them ready to go instead of making one each time I start a new card made things flow so much easier for. me.
- For this card, I created an A2 card (5 1/4″ x 4″). I die cut a mat slightly smaller than the card from using one of the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics die (about 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″) from a sheet of Echo Park’s Stripes & Dots Collection in Canary (yellow). I inked the edge of the card and paper lightly with ink (Stephanie Barnard Colorbox Ink – Gingersnap). I adhered the paper to the front of the card and added a simple line of machine stitching around the edge.
- I die cut and assembled a Deco Edge Envelope from cream cardstock. I added a line of machine stitching to each side of the envelope. I brushed the edges lightly with Gingersnap ink. I added a small heart cut from scrap paper to serve as a closure to the envelope.
- I die cut two small Shabby Posies and three Pom Pom Posies leaves from wool felt. I poked a hole through the center of each flower and placed a yellow stamen through each hole. I added the flowers and leaves to the front of the card along with the envelope.
I finished up with a small sentiment in the lower right corner with my all-time favorite letter stamps, Hero Arts Printer’s type. I stamped the sentiment with Ranger’s Coffee Archival Ink. I always stamp the letters slightly wonky so that they look fun and a little whimsical. Trust me, if you try to place them in a straight line spaced evenly apart you will succeed. I believe in making them a little off so that if you mess up a little it will look like it was on purpose. (wink)
I don’t know, maybe it is the yellow polka dots, maybe it is the flowers, maybe it is all of it combined, but this simple little card makes me smile! I hope it makes you smile too!