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!
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!
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!
Each year Stampin’ Up! releases five new colors that are only available for two years. These colors are known as the In Colors. The new 2019-2021 In Colors are Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, and Purple Posy.
This year’s colors have a beautiful dusty look to them. They are the perfect soft colors for elegant cards.
While these five In Colors work perfectly together, they also work great with colors from Stampin’ Up!’s other color collections. Use the color coach below as inspiration for some of the great color combinations that you can create with the 2019-2021 and the 2019-2020 In Colors!
Heidi Collins, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
I have been stamping, scrapbooking, and paper crafting for over 20 years, and I love helping others explore the joy of making beautiful projects for yourself and others.
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