Since many of us are pressed for time, I wanted to share a super quick way to make a card. Not a prizewinning, over the top fabulous card, just a simple card to send when your time is limited but you still want to send a card.
If you are like me, you can't resist buying paper, cardstock and more paper. This 8 x 8 stack was at Marshall's for a few dollars and I liked the look of a lot of the designs - so I bought it. I don't know how long it has been sitting on my shelf. I think I have used one or two pieces since I got it.
Flipping through the stack I saw this design and I knew it would convert to a card topper very easily. I cut it in half through the plain center area to make two pieces that measured four inch by eight inches. Then I looked at the design and decided where to cut each half to showcase the floral design to suit a card front. In this case, I thought the section with the larger dark blue flower would be the best so I cut a piece at 5 1/4 inches to make a card topper.
I stamped the sentiment in blue - not quite an exact match, but close enough.
I wasn't quite happy with the stamping, so I used a Sakura Stardust glitter pen to soften the stamped image and add some sparkle (it may be difficult to see in the photo above but when the light hits the card it is really sparkly - see below).
You don't have to be perfect - just trace the letters as best you can and they will shine prettily.
I added ribbon along the shiny pink section of the cardstock and taped it to the back before adhering the topper to the card. Then I tied a knot with a shorter piece of ribbon near the top of the card.
Whenever I use a darker shade of cardstock for the card base, I add some sort of liner to make it easier to write the message. You can just add a plain piece of 5 1/4 x 4 inch cardstock but I like to use one of my many border punches to dress it up a little. It takes just a few seconds but it really makes a difference!
To finish the card, I added pearls in a few sizes to the centers of the flowers.
Quick and simple - but still a nice way to say thank you!
Do you have any favorite shortcuts for making cards? What is your favorite "go to" style when you have just a short time to make something?
I am planning on starting the scrapbooking challenges soon so think about an event or a set of photos that you have "been meaning to get to." Then print the photos if they are digital and you want to make traditional pages so you will be ready to go (digital pages are fine too if you prefer them). If your photos are already printed - great! The plan is to finish pages in a simple style and to tell the story behind the photos instead of burying them in embellishments. If you prefer sketches to get you started, I'll be happy to post some - just leave a comment to let me know.
Have a great day!
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