Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pretty and very easy birthday cards with tag.

I happen to love the simple things in life, specially when making cards. I notice that it is a bit of a trend to embellish and really layer a card, or use Copics to colour a in a stamp. Being an artists, I have done my fair share of colouring, I was given my first set of Prismacolours when I was 12 so I've been colouring/painting/inking for a very long time and I don't find it thrilling to sit down and colour for hours, so I keep it simple (plus my son may not get to go to University if I start buying Copic Markers$$$) inked minimally, easy on the eyes.
Anyhow, this card I am about to share with you is not new, it's not my own creation, however I love it so much and have used it so many times, that I thought I better share it.
You can use a spellbinders die or a scallop punch (to make a smaller version) of the dress.
I made that one using a pre-embossed base, a large scallop circle and 3 small flower punches layered together. The stamp is from SU and it's perfectly elegant and simple. The patterned paper is also from SU, and it's old!
I basically used a piece of white cardstock cut it down to fit inside my 5.5x5.5 card base. I added a green mat to match the layered flower I made to go on the waist of the dress. You can use a smaller scallop circle to give you more white space too. I slightly inked the bottom of the dress and the neckline to give it a bit more depth, and attached some white ribbon on the waist before applying the flower. I stamped the sentiment in green to match everything.

This other one, I made again with old papers, I'm not even sure where it's from, but it was from a stash of papers I've had for years. With the paper left over from the cutting of the scallop circle (it was a 6x6 piece) I made a front for a small tag (also made from the trimming of the white cardstock) to match the dress card.
The tag went with the gift, which I wrapped in kraft paper, tied with a white ribbon...it looked perfect together!
Notice my stamp, I pressed too hard and it got the edge of the stamp on the card, it still looks fine to me!!! That is the beauty of making cards , they are perfect by not being perfect!
The flower again is 3 different punches layered together, but SU has a single one that has a similar flower you can layer. The flower is made from paint chip cards from the hardware store....I love using them and the cardstock they are printed on is very sturdy too!
The matching tag.
Anyhow, it is simple and fun and easy to make, not too many embellishments and you can take old papers and make us of the left overs.

Cheers and happy Sunday!
Viviana

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1 comment:

Marilyn said...

Love the cards!! They are beautiful in simplicity! You are right.... sometimes "over the top" decorating is too much!!
Love,
Marilyn

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