But washi is perfect for making quick and easy cards! I love to layer cardstock on my cards, but all those layers take time. With washi, it's easy to layer colors and patterns. It sticks, but isn't super sticky, so when you put it in the wrong place, it's easy to peel it off and re-position it. And with the coordinating colors and patterns, you can layer strips on top of each other to create patterns.
So today, I pulled out my stash of washi and got to work.
I have been using the So Many Stars stamp set from the 2019 Holiday Catalog a lot lately. Well, I've been using the matching Stitched Stars dies a lot and adding on a greeting or one stamped image from the stamp set. I haven't really been using the stamp set, at least not to its fullest. So, today, for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge (ctd567), I pulled out the stamp set and challenged myself to make a card with it and without using the Stitched Stars dies. Boy oh boy, am I glad that I did! I figured out some fun tricks with this stamp set that I hadn't noticed before.
I didn't realize that when the curly radiance line stamp is stamped in a line, the curls on the ends meet up and create a continuous pattern. On top of that, the more solid radiance stamp can be used to fill in the center of the curly one. This makes an awesome pattern for the edge of a card!
We don't get tons of Trick-or-Treaters at our house, so I wanted to make something a little special for the ghosties and ghoulies who knock on our door. However, not very many is still a fair number, so I needed the treats to be quick and easy. I came up with these little packages that fit two mini packages of starbursts. I was able to finish off 30 or so in just a couple hours.
Quick and easy and ready for the kiddos to come knocking!
Today, I have four adorable cards to show you using the Birds of a Feather stamp set. This set is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog by Stampin' Up! and is a 4-season set as it has four different birds - a duck, a chick, a turkey, and a hen - for four different holidays - Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day. I used my Stampin' Blends on the cards for some quick and easy coloring and the Brights 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. So easy and so fun!
Coloring these images with the Stampin' Blends is so easy! The Blends are available in a light and a dark version of each color. I simply colored the image with the light version, then went around the outside and where there should be shadows with the dark version. Then I switched back to the light version again to smooth out the lines.
It's hard to see in the photo, but I used the light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend around the outside edges of the image. This gives it a slight shadow all around and helps it pop out from the page.
I have been making a bunch of cards of the same design, which has left me with a bunch of scraps. You know, those thin, 1/4" to 1 1/4" strips that seem too good to throw away, but are still pretty skinny? So, I decided to design a couple of cards to use up some of the scraps.
First, I made this Christmas card using the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper. I layered the strips across a piece of Mossy Meadow, leaving uneven lengths along one edge. Then, I wrapped it in some old copper cord I had, added a couple stars cut with the Stitched Stars dies, and popped on a greeting from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. Quick and easy and made good use of those gorgeous coppery scraps that were too good for the trash.
Then, I made this birthday card using scraps of the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper. I layered four strips on the side of a piece of Mango Melody cardstock. These strips were a little wider and didn't cover the whole card front. Horizontally across the card front, I put a strip of Real Red cardstock and wrapped it with some white Baker's Twine tied with a bow. I used the Well Written dies to cut "happy" from Old Olive card stock and stamped "Birthday" from the Well Said stamp set in Real Red on Whisper White cardstock. Again, a quick and easy card that made good use of some pretty scraps.