This has been a particularly challenging week with my schedule. I had hoped to put together a video creating 3 different types of valentine cards. I have the sketches to prove it. But unfortunately my ideas were greater than my time allowed. But I did manage to put together a couple of quickie cards. So this post will be about how to take minimal supplies and minimal time to do a quick and simple project.
I’ll walk you through the project but let’s see what I completed.
Here we have 2 very simple and complementary cards. I used all scraps to create these cute cards. Each card is 4″ x 4″. I pulled some White Daisy cardstock from Close to My Heart scrap stash and some scrap pink in two shades from my colored scrap bin. The next thing I did was pulled out my LOVE die that I purchased online from WISH. I will do a special post and video about the amazing deals for dies using WISH.
Here’s a picture of the die. I can tell you the die cost me $1 and the shipping was a couple more. The deals are absolutely amazing.
Here’s a close up of the first card. This is super simple. I must admit that my style tends to lean toward the clean and simple. I used my white cardstock, cut to 4″ x 8″. I folded it in half for the base. Then I took another scrap of white, used the LOVE die and run it through my Big Shot. I pulled out the die cut word and saved the negative (you’ll see why later). I layered it on the dark pink scrap and that was it. But, not quite. I like to shift card layers so that they’re off-center. I also wanted to added a bit of the unexpected so I took my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper and used the 1/4″ setting and rounded the corners on both layers for interest.
I also like to dress up the inside of my cards. I didn’t want anything fancy as this is a simple card but I like the inside to reflect the outside so here is what I did…
You will notice I kept the colors and layers the same and added the rounded corner for consistency. Now the next card built upon the ideas (and supplies) in the first.
On this card I continued the theme of using scraps and keeping it clean and simple. I used the same white 4″ square card base. Next I added the same dark pink scrap and added a lighter one for fun. Then I looked over and saw the negative of the original die cut and thought it worked perfectly. I decided not to use the corner chomper (rounder) again but wanted to add some whimsy so I decided to angle the “love” negative and it was complete.
But of course, I had to pretty up the inside…
I mimicked the layer from the front of the card and but thought it needed some “cute” added. That’s when I noticed that the heart from the LOVE die would be perfect. I cut out part of the word again and snipped around the heart to disconnect it from the rest of the letters and voila!
The Highlights: I kept this card project pretty quick and easy. I used bits of scrap paper, an inexpensive die and some wet glue.
Difficulty Level: Easy Peasy
Time: 5 minutes (once the supplies were assembled – and even that may be shorter than 5 minutes)
Here’s one final look at both cards again.
And, in case you didn’t believe that I had a whole Valentines Series planned out, here are the sketches…I mean I had die cutting, stamping, and even foiling ready to roll in my head and on paper. Who knows, maybe a St. Patrick’s Day series…
Have a wonderful week my crafting friends, C.