A Few Simple Notecards

A Few Simple Notecards

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I was almost embarrassed to post these cards since they are so simple.  Each of these cards was made because I needed a card, and fast.  And as I mentioned recently, I am trying to be “ok” with simple designs!


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This super quick thank you note features Paper Pizazz/Hot Off the Press “Yellow Daisies” printed paper, Core’dinations “Dark Blue Large Dot” card stock, and a stamp from the “Think Big Favorites #5” set by Papertrey Ink stamped in Gina K Blue Denim ink.  Recollections ivory card stock was used for the card base.  I LOVED the soft colors of the daisy paper and the font of the stamp and wanted to feature both. Cut, stamp, done.  This card practically made itself!


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This next card features the “Volleyball” stamp by stampabilities and a greeting from the “Short and Sweet” set by Stampin’ Up.  The images were stamped with  Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I scored a line above the greeting and then partially embossed the panel above the score line with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.


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This card was made with card stock from both the  “Christmas – Holiday Printed Paper” pack (2014) and “Shimmer Champagne” by Recollections.  The greeting panel was cut with the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” large punch and stamped with Gina K Kraft ink.  I did not have a punch to create a border, so I used a copic marker (E84) to draw one.  (Not really loving that, but I didn’t have time to do a “trace and cut” with the Silhouette since I needed to send this quickly.)  The stamp is from the “Little Branches” set by Gina K Designs.


I think it took me longer to photograph these cards than it did to make them!  🙂

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Brushstroke Valentine

Brushstroke Valentine

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(inside: Happy Valentin’e Day)

Did you ever see a card sample online and immediately realized that you just HAD to have the stamp used on it?  I had seen this heart stamp (from the “Stamp Your Story – Brush” set by Hero Arts) on several cards last year when I was looking for Valentine’s Day card ideas.

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I searched high and low and could not find the stamp set anywhere.  I finally gave up my search and came up with a different idea.  This year, I started looking at ideas again, and this same heart image popped up in my search!  I resumed my search for the stamp and eventually learned (from customer service at Hero Arts) that the stamp set had been discontinued and was extremely hard to find.  Just as I was about to give up… again…, a listing popped up deep into my Google search from a person in Ireland selling her used set, on a site I had never heard of before.  (It looked like it had been posted just a few days before I was ready to stop looking.)  Right place at the right time, I guess!  I am not quite sure what it is about this stamp that I love so much, but I am sooooo happy I found it!  🙂

I repeatedly stamped the hearts with Gina K Bubblegum ink on white card stock.  The greeting was cut from Gina K bubblegum card stock using the Fiskars Teresa Collins Love Punch.  I cut several of these die cuts and glued them together for added dimension.  The white panel was crimped using my Marvy Uchida Corru-Gator Paper Crimper.

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Masculine Thinking of You

Masculine Thinking of You

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This CAS card features a stamp from the “Reverse Prints” set (retired) by Stampin’ Up.

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It was stamped on Recollections kraft card stock with Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe ink.  (There was a quote along the left side of the image that I masked off.)  Once stamped, the edges of the card stock were hand torn, and then it was adhered to a piece of watercolor paper with foam tape.  Raffia ribbon was added, and then the panel was attached to a kraft card base.

The greeting stamp is from the “Framed Greetings” set by Gina K designs and was also stamped with Tip Top Taupe ink.

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Corner Flip Birthday Card

Corner Flip Birthday Card

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I saw this video for a “Corner Flip” card HERE and thought I’d give it a try!  I love the interesting angle created behind the simple stamped panel, and I also love how the inside panel is visible and offsets the stamped panel so nicely.  Here’s another angle of the corner.

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The stamps I used for this card are from the “Avant-Garden” stamp set by Stampin’ Up.  It was a free set with a $50 purchase (before March 31, 2017).  The inks I used are SU Crisp Cantaloupe and Tip Top Taupe and Gina K Kraft and Fresh Asparagus.  I did generation stamping (stamping off) to get the two shades of peach and did some masking to keep my layers clean.  Card stock used is Gina K Peach Bellini, Kraft, and white.

I made repeating diagonal score lines on my corner before flipping.  I’d like to say I came up with the idea as part of my design plan, but the truth is, I had made a mistake trying to score the corner before flipping it. I either had to keep scoring or get a new piece of card stock and start over.  I kind of like the way my mistake turned out!  (It’s not really even necessary to score before folding; it folds pretty easily without a score line.)

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Banner Triple Punch by Stampin’ Up

Banner Triple Punch by Stampin’ Up

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I really like the look of fishtail banners on cards.  Sometimes they are large and are used to add texture and color to a design.  Sometimes they are smaller and are used to highlight the greeting.  I tend to like my greeting panels matted, so I was very happy to discover that Stampin’ Up makes one punch that will create three different sized banners that nest together perfectly.  It is called the Banner Triple Punch and is designed to create banners that are 1 inch, 1.5 inches, and 2 inches wide.  Because the punch just cuts the fishtail end, the length of the banner can be whatever you want.

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Basically, you cut a piece of paper/card stock to the desired width (and length).  Then you slide the strip into the punch making sure the sides fit inside the grooves that match your width.  The grooves keep the strip straight and centered so the notch cut from the end is perfect.

Dawn Olchefske does a great demonstration of this punch in this video (at the 4:30 mark).  She even discovered a trick to making a 3/4 inch banner in addition to the three sizes Stampin’ Up intended!

I found a helpful post HERE where Bekka gives measurements for how long your card stock needs to be so your finished banner is the size you want.

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(Photos used in this post are from the Stampin’ Up website/catalog.)