"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Quick cards

I was looking for ideas for a club on quick cards. I though Who doesn't have precious scraps of paper that you just can't bare to through away. I have loads. Who also wants a quick way to color images. While I was combing through my Stampin'Up catalog for inspiration I found a card template that I adapted and this is what I came up with..(above cards) I new I wanted to use the stamp set "Pun Fun" because I had ordered it not that long ago and had not used it yet. A fast and easy way to color the image you stamped is to watercolor. I watercolored the penguin with my Aqua Painters you could chalk or use markers as well. If you don't have all the products you would like to own improvise.. I used the ink pad to color the image I just pressed the lid on the ink pad and used the aqua painter to pick up the ink. Some of my favorite colors aren't made in marker or chalk it is easy to create solutions to get what you need. If you want to make a marker of your favorite color drop a few drops of ink re-fill on the tip of a blender pen and you have a matching marking. You will have to re-apply when the color runs out. You can also mix chalk and watercolor wonder crayons to match colors you need. Then color on image. I think my favorite way to color is using ink it is so easy. You can also watercolor using the watercolor crayons of course draw on the image then soften the look with a aqua painter brush. If you haven't ever drawn straight onto a rubber stamp you need to just crayon over the image and then sprayed with water it gives it a soft effect give it a try. You can draw on the lid of the tin the crayons came in and then with your aqua pen pick up the color and paint. And don't forget the watercolor pencils. Color the image and then blend with aqua Painter.

On my second card I used a jumbo wheel. Sometimes I find it faster to make my own pattern paper than search for the perfect match. Now you will always have your own custom pattern paper. (Lot of Dots) rolled through "Versa Mark" ink it's a great way to give cardstock a little pop without dominating the card. I think it frames the element on top on the paper nicely. You know when you make a card and there is just something missing next time give "Versa Mark" and a background image a try. Next I stamped the same image twice once in "Soft Sky" the second in "Wild Wasabi" I punched the blue out in the one inch circle punch then the blue in 1 1/4 inch circle. I used a rhinestone brad with the blue image and layer on the green with a "Stampin Dimensionals" and glued it to the scallop then the card. What could be faster that using a rub-on.  Finish by adding a cardstock scrap and ribbon and done.

I have really enjoyed making  small cards they are fast and so much fun. They are great to have on hand. They can be as casual as adding on top of a plate of cookies or as formal a atop a wedding gift.  Have fun a make a few fast mini cards and use all the scraps of paper you have been saving..

Stamp Recipe:
Stamps: "Pun Fun" , "True Friend", Jumbo Wheel "Lots of Dots"
Ink: Real Red, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie Versamark, 
Card Stock: Chocolate chip, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Real Red
Patter Paper: East Coast Prep
Ribbon: Stampin' Up
Brad: Making Memories

1 comment:

Tamara Follett said...

I love all of the cards you've added to your blog! The coaster calendar is totally cute--Bali Breeze is my favorite DSP. I just got a b-day card from my upline using the pun-fun set--I'll have to show it to you (I'm dying to copy it). Yours turned out so cute too!

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