Thursday, August 26, 2010

Simply Sweet Cards for Beginners and Seniors

Whether you’re a seasoned stamper or a beginner, every now and then it’s fun to take a break to make quick and easy or simply sweet cards!  Today I’m sharing 2 more card shares… cards for my popular beginner and senior stamping groups!
Even beginners enjoy learning new techniques… and this card taught them how to mask and sponge!  The card stock mask was cut to the exact same size as the card front (in this case 5” x 3 3/4”) and die cut with a sizzix oval die.  Having the mask the same size as the card front ensured both placement and straightness on the card front!
Lovely As A Tree Masked and Sponged
After aligning the card front and mask, the oval opening was sponged with Marina Mist Classic Ink (for the sky) in the upper portion of the oval opening, and Old Olive Classic Ink in the lower portion of the oval opening. 
The trees were inked with Always Artichoke Classic Ink, and then the tree trunks were re-inked with an Early Espresso Stampin Write Marker.  No need to remove the Always Artichoke ink since the Early Espresso ink is darker, it covers the first layer completely.  A gentle ‘huff’ of warm breath over the inked stamp rehydrates it before stamping directly over the mask opening and sponged surface.  It sometimes helps to stand when stamping through a cardstock mask… giving you more leverage to press firmly and hard on the stamp without rocking it.
This card could have just as easily been made a single layer card… but I wanted to step it up a notch, and added a single mat of Early Espresso Card Stock (5 1/4” x 4”).
Here’s the second simply sweet card we made:
Elegant Burgundy Thanks
Sometimes it can be a little difficult to line up a stamp with a small piece of cardstock… so to ensure their success, the Whisper White rectangle (where the thank you image is shown) was actually cut about 1/2” larger than needed.  I brought along a fiskars paper trimmer and showed them how to use it to trim the stamped image to the correct size.  Since many had not used a paper trimmer before, it was another learning experience too!
Stamps and Supplies used in today’s card share(s):
Masked Lovely Tree Card
Stamps:  Plant Hope, Thank You Kindly
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
Classic Ink:  Marina Mist, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Stampin Sponges, Early Espresso Stampin Write Marker, Big Shot Machine, Sizzix Ovals Die
Elegant Thank You Card
Stamps:  Elegant Thank You
Card Stock: Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy
Classic Ink:  Bravo Burgundy
Accessories:  5/8” bravo burgundy grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot Machine, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Embossing Folder, Stampin Dimensionals, Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Tomorrow is another edition of Sketch Frenzy Friday, the team has been working very hard to bring new sketch based ideas and cards your way, hope you’ll stop by and say hi!
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craftystamper said...

Great cards for any group and any workshop. Thanks. Love your cards as always

Ms said...

as a beginner, I so appreciate this blog....I'm gonna give it a try. Thank you for sharing your creativity...

Laurie Zoellmer said...

WOW! These are gorgeous! I especially like how you masked and sponged on the first card...very nice! Perfect workshop card, thanks for sharing :)

Kitty A. said...

A beautiful and simple thank you card is always appreciated. This would look lovely in so many different colors!

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