If I were Oprah Winfrey, I would definitely include Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards and Envelopes on my Favorite Things List. Since I am not Oprah, my proclamation that I love these note cards isn’t quite as exaggerated and doesn’t get one minute of air time, but I’m going to give it a try, anyway: “[clears his throat] Everyone wants a quick and easy way to communicate with loved ones this holiday season. That’s why the next item on my Favorite Things List is Stampin’ Up!’s NOTE CA-RDS AND EN-VEL-OPES!!!!! YOU GET A PACK! AND YOU GET A PACK! AND YOU GET A PACK!…that’ll be $5.95 plus shipping and taxes…” Wow! That was big!
In all seriousness, these Note Cards and Envelopes are one of my favorite finds in the catalog. They are hidden on page 160, and are really inexpensive, providing a perfect base for a quick and easy card. Here’s a quick Christmas card I made – nothing fancy, nothing complicated:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Simple Shading. The three stamped images on this card were shaded with a blender pen. In case you missed it, I shared this technique in my first video tutorial on Saturday. If you missed it, please check it out here. It’s easy to render this effect. Simply stamp the image and then pull the color out of the stamped lines by running your blender pen in tiny circles from the edge of the image into the center. This works perfectly on bold images with lots of white space inside – but it won’t be white any longer after your blender pen does its magic!
- A pop of solid color. These images from Every Little Bit are perfect for a quick and easy card. While the shading technique adds some interest to the images, I think the images really popped when I added a touch of solid color to one small part of each image using my Stampin’ Write Markers. The hearts on the mug and ornament and the heel of the sock really pop and add balance to the card.
- The power of three. I have a theory that three images is better than one, two or four. There’s something so calming about it. Here’s a copy/paste from one of my previous posts that says it all:
In comedy, a punchline is funny. A callback to that punchline is funnier. A second callback (the third reference to the item) is the funniest. There’s balance in threes. Likewise, a collection of three images is almost always appealing and calming.
Stamp sets: Every Little Bit, Teeny Tiny Wishes Papers: Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Note Cards (Whisper White) Inks: Real Red Accessories: 1″ Square Punch, Scallop Square punch, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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