Scrap bin to the rescue!
The craziness of Mondays can zap your inspiration and make creating cards difficult. For today's quick and easy cards, I headed to my scrap bin for help.
If you're like me, you have a bin that looks something like this. Whenever I make a card and have extra bits that don't quite work, stamped images or die-cut shapes, I throw them in my scrap bin thinking they will be useful someday. Well, someday is today!
I started by dumping my bin out on the table so I could dig through all the goodies a little easier. As I looked through things, I started grouping items that I thought would work well together. I tried different shapes and colors together. Put images with shapes. Combined images. The beauty of the scrap bin was that I started putting things together that I wouldn't have normally thought would work. Working with all the bits and pieces sparked so many ideas!
I made a dozen cards in a few hours. Some were more successful than others, but it was a great way to use some scraps and put together some quick cards on a Monday!
Enamel Dot hack
Heat embossing to the rescue! I embossed some small circles to mimic the look for enamel dots.
To start, I punched some Bermuda Bay circles using handheld circle punches in 1/8 and 1/4" sizes.
For the 1/8" circles, I used half of a glue dot to stick them on a pair of tweezers. Then I dabbed them on my Versamark pad and dip them in my container of clear embossing powder. I zapped them with my heat gun and went through the steps a second time to get a thick coat of embossing.
I did something similar on the window card from Wednesday's blog post. However, that time I used Stampin' Up!'s Glimmer Paper. Instead of embossing, I simply punched out some small circles and attached them to the card.
They added just the right extra touch of glitz to the card and since I made them myself, they matched the the other paper used on the card perfectly.
So, while regular enamel dots are quick and easy to use, if you're in a bind or want just the right color, making your own may be just the hack you need!
See Through with glitz
CASE - Copy and steal everything
You don’t need a craft room overflowing with supplies to create beautiful cards. All it takes is stamps, ink, and paper. It’s as simple as that! I created this gorgeous card using the To a Wild Rose stamp set, Melon Mambo and Soft Suede ink, and whisper white card stock – plus a little bit of painter’s tape.
The To a Wild Rose stamp set has three stamps for the rose and coordinating leaves. The stamps are made to create variations in color. For this card, I only used two of the stamps. The third stamp is an outline stamp. I love the way this rose looks without the outline though! (Ok, I love it with the outline too. It’s simply a gorgeous stamp set!)
The stamps are also Dist-Ink-Tive stamps. The images have a photographic appearance. Because of this, you can use the same color ink (like I did) to stamp both of the layers, and it will still give you variations in colors.
When you peel away the tape, you are left with a clean white edge, perfectly framing your stamped images.
To finish this card, I added a strip of whisper white cardstock that I had stamped the greeting on. It’s as quick and easy as that!
While it’s simple to create beautiful cards with limited supplies, I have trouble stopping there! So, I created two more cards using the same background.
All three cards are elegant and easy to create!