As I’ve mentioned before, I’m spending a lot of my “stay-at-home” time making greeting cards. I’m now on my 5th list of people to whom I want to send cards. I truly cannot believe the number of people who have come to mind as I think about sending cards. That’s a good thing. The not so good thing is that I’ve had to come up with some card designs that allow me to make more cards more quickly. I need simple!
Thick Whisper White/Very Vanilla Cardstock is the Star
Before Stampin’ Up! came up with its 100# cover weight “thick” White/Vanilla cardstock, the much lighter weight White/Vanilla wasn’t something I liked to use for a card base without at least one full layer on the card front. It just seemed like I was using heavy paper for my card, not really “card” weight. So, for the most part, I still think in terms of creating whole layers on my card front. But now that I’m trying to make things simpler, I realize that’s not necessary as long as I use the Thick cardstock for my card base.
A Card With Only Partial Layers
With a Thick Whisper White card base, I found that I had a perfectly good card with just a partial layer over on one side. For this card, as well as for the following two, I chose a strip of Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP). But, no matter how hard I tried to glue it to the card front all by itself, I just couldn’t make myself do it without a thin cardstock mat behind it. While Pear Pizzazz isn’t a color that’s listed for this paper, I found that I really liked it with this design. So Pear Pizzazz Cardstock it was!
For the sentiment (for all three cards) I chose the “Just a Note” from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, and punched it using the Label Me Fancy Punch from the January – June Mini Catalog. This punch as two extra punched elements as part of its design: a small round hole and a slit. As I do not have any Pear Pizzazz ribbon at the moment (not sure there is any), I chose to punch the hole. Then I inserted two lengths of Whisper White Baker’s Twine as an accent. Finally, I adhered it to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Same Design – Changing Up the Colors
This is the same card, just with different colors featured. The paper is another sheet from the Ornate Garden DSP, this time featuring variations on the Terracotta Tile color. So out came the Terracotta Tile cardstock, as well as the Terracotta Tile ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo. I used the slit that comes with the punch for this card, running the ribbon behind the sentiment.
More Daisies, More Colors and Some Tips
For this last card, using yet a third print from the Ornate Garden DSP, I chose Garden Green as the accent color. Otherwise, this card is the same as the first card.
And here’s my hint for the day: I prefer to stamp my sentiment and then punch it out. Then I make a pencil mark on the stamped and punched cardstock showing where I want either the hole or the slit(s) to be. Finally I turn the punch upside down and slide the cardstock piece into the side of the punch where the slit or hole is until I can see the pencil mark. After I make sure that the piece is centered under the slit/hole, I punch it. Works like a charm!
I included a layout sketch with measurements in my latest Newsletter. You still have time to get this issue of my newsletter before the next one comes out next week. There will be a new layout with measurements in that newsletter, too!
Whatever you’re working on, I hope you’re having fun with it!