Simple Valentine’s Day Cards

Hello!

I hope you are well and holding up through the continued pandemic emergency. I can’t say it isn’t wearing on me, but I am trying to stay positive. One of the things I decided to do was make some Valentine’s Day cards for my grandkids. I wanted a fun, simple card that could be made in multiples without too much work. This is what I came up with:

I started with a card base of 11.5 inches by 4.25 inches, folded- some in Blushing Bride (pink) and others in Pool Party (blue). Inside, Happy Valentine’s Day was stamped (Meant to Be stamp set). Then I cut the printed paper from the Snail Mail designer series paper to 4 by 5.25 inches, and adhered that to the base with Tombow Multipurpose Glue. I cut two hearts for each card, one in blue and one white with a die from the Stitched to be Mine diecut set, stamped “for you” (from the So Sentimental stamp set, because it was tiny) in Real Red on each white heart, and adhered a resin heart on each of those. The blue hearts were glued directly on the card, choosing a spot that wouldn’t interfere too much with the snail designs. Then I adhered the white hearts, slightly offset, with foam dimensional tape. It took so little time to put them all together. What do you think?

I hope you are inspired to make some Valentine’s Day cards, whether for your sweetie, kids, grandkids, or the sweet neighbor next door. It’s always a good day to spread a little sunshine, and let people know that they are important to you!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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More fun with Stamps, Ink, and Paper

Hello! I opened the Tasteful Touches stamp set for the first time today, and it really lends itself to simple stamping! The first card was one that was inspired by another demonstrator, and I had to make my own version.

I am crazy about these feathers! I made a standard A2 folded card (4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2) from Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (I really love heavier papers for card bases), cut a Basic Gray mat at 4 by 5 and 1/4 inches, and the card front at 3 and 3/4 by 5 inches. I used my Stamparatus stamping tool, but you could certainly use a clear block. The advantage of the Stamparatus was that I started with the first gray feather placed about 1/2 inch from the left edge, then I moved the plate one notch for the second gray feather, and moved it two more notches for the third gray feather. After cleaning the stamp, I moved it back one notch for the red feather! Easy peasy! I used it again to stamp the sentiment.

The second card took a few minutes longer, but was still simple stamping. I again used the thick cardstock for the base, covered the front with black cardstock, and stamped the images on a piece of 4 by 5 and 1/2 inch Very Vanilla in black.

I started with the little squares, stamped off once to fade them a bit. Then I stamped the leaves multiple times, and thirdly the focal point flower. The sentiments with this set are so beautiful. I used a fine tip black pen to draw the flower’s stem, and glued the card front so that the black showed at the top and bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoyed the cards, and encourage you to check out this beautiful stamp set. The materials used are linked below. Thanks for looking!

Michelle

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Cards and Cosmos

Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by. I had so much fun a couple of nights ago, when my bff and my baby sister came to visit! We had a little cardmaking session, and had Cosmos while we were crafting- so many laughs… Anyway, I decided I was going to use some pretty papers to make some simple cards. The first one made me think of a pair of bell-bottom pants I had back in the day. 🙂

To a white card base I added an Old Olive panel topped with the pretty paper from the Ornate Garden collection, then topped that with a small, embossed white cardstock piece at an angle, a “ribbon” of Bumblebee paper (embossed with my favorite embossing folder, the Subtle folder), and the I added the matted sentiment attached with dimensional foam. The sentiment was made by first stamping the daisy image, using the “stamping off” method. This means you ink up the stamp, lightly stamp it on some scrap paper, then stamp it on your card. It gives a softer effect. I then stamped the words over top, full strength with the same ink color. I used graduated circle dies to cut the sentiment and the green mat.

The second card was even simpler, and made with minimal supplies. To the Just Jade colored mat, I adhere two pieces of coordinating designer paper from the Flowers for every season collection, then I attached a length of the Bumblebee gingham ribbon along the join, and attached it to the back of the colored cardstock with glue dots. I made a “faux knot” by tying a short piece of ribbon around the longer one- it’s easier than trying to tie the ribbon around the whole piece). I stamped a sentiment on white and matted it with So Saffron, and adhered that with dimensional foam. Then, the whole shebang was adhered to a white card base! I often use a white or off-white base, because I prefer the heavy weight of the Whisper White and Very Vanilla Thick cardstock.

I hope you are inspired to do some stamping, (with or without cocktails!), and that you share your creations with me in the comments. If you need supplies (listed below) you can shop by clicking on visit my site above- I appreciate your support. Come back to see what else I’ve been up to! In the meanwhile-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Stamps, Ink, and Paper (#SIP)

Hello, and welcome! I’ve had a pretty uneventful week, considering the times we live in, so that’s a good thing! I did get a chance to use a new stamp set called Beautiful Friendship- I think it is one I’ll reach for often. I had seen some other cardmakers using large-ish floral stamps to make two or four cards at once. I thought I would start with two, and see how it went. Well, here are the two cards:

I started with a piece of Whisper White paper, 8 x 5.25 inches, the stamp set above, and four ink pads- Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Highland Heather, and Mossy Meadow. First, I stamped the double rose image, then the large yellow flower, and filled in with the leaves and purple flowers. I did snip a mask of just the tips of the leaves because I decided the one card needed one more flower, the small rose. I didn’t really have a plan, just went with the flow. When I was satisfied with the result, I cut the piece of white cardstock into two 4 x 5.25 inch pieces, stamped the sentiments, mounted each on a 4.25 x 5.25 inch piece of Poppy Parade cardstock, and attached those to white card bases.

With the cards side by side, you can see that they were stamped together.

Any stamp set with multiple floral images would do. This set also has a few lovely sentiments. I hope you’ll give this “technique” a try. It was a quick and fun way to make two cards at once, AND it required nothing more than stamps, ink, and paper (ok, also glue!). I would love to see pictures of your version. The supplies for these cards are listed below, and are available through my shop. Thanks for looking!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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