Good evening, Internet,
Elaborate cards are beautiful, aren’t they? Layers of papers, stamps, embellishments, and so on in the right hands make for stunning cards that are really works of art. I love those kinds of cards, but I don’t make them very often. My crafting taste runs more towards simple cards that are easy and quick to put together.
One of my favorite things to do is to take a single stamp and work it a few ways, like so:
The image stamp used is from an Inkadinkado “Meadow” stamp set. I used various loose sentiment stamps I have collected over time that I keep in a basket. I think some of these are Unity stamps and some may be Hero Arts stamps. I honestly don’t remember where I collected them from. I used Archival black ink to stamp. The paper comes from a Luxe paper pad I picked up at Target. The card bases are a pre-made packet I picked up at Hobby Lobby. They are slightly smaller than a standard card a 4″ x 5.5″.
Some close ups:
This card is very simple. The stamp, the sentiment, and some liquid pearls.
Here I jazzed it up a little with a strip of brown card stock.
For this card I used a speckled stamp to ground the image and popped the sentiment up with some foam tape. I added brown card stock to help create a border because I cut the panel a little too short (whoops).
Last, but not least, I took the panel and edged it in black Archival ink and used an ultra fine tipped Sharpie to ground the image.
There are still a lot of different ways to use this stamp and keep the cards simple. You could use embossing powder to make the image really stand out. You could use some thinned acrylic paint in the color of your choice and create splashes on the background. You can use a mask to create layers of the same stamp. The list goes on and on.
As I stated in the beginning of this post, I love elaborate cards, I just have no talent for making them. I can never seem to make anything other than a mess when I try so I play to my strength and that is clean and simple cards.