By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Have there been times you have needed a card, but haven’t had one? Have you been in a hurry but haven’t had an idea for one? Start creating and keeping cards on hand for just those occasions so all you have to do is pull one out and add the sentiment. Here is one card design that works well for any occasion.
This card is made using a 5” x 7” card base cut from cardstock, a 4 ¾” x 56 ¾” piece of patterned paper, a 4 ½” x 6 ½” piece of cardstock that is the same as the base and a 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” piece of white cardstock. Cut each piece using a paper trimmer and layer them on top of the other adhering with a tape runner. Don’t adhere the last layer just yet.
Remove the stamp from the acrylic block and lay it back on top of the image. Trace around the stamp. Cut the image out with a pair of scissors and color it using your favorite colored pencils or markers.
Punch or die cut two clouds from scrap paper and attach them with a repositionable tape on the 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” piece of white cardstock that was cut in the first step of this tutorial. Save the raindrops for a later step, but first make sure that you have 12 of them punched. Place a light and dark blue ink onto your craft mat. Use a blending tool to pick up both ink colors and in a circle motion move onto the paper. Continue to add more ink to build it up until you have achieved the look that you like.
Now, roughly tear a piece of scrap paper and place it just above where the ink for the sky ended. This will create a blended area which will become the horizon line. Add a light green and dark green ink onto the craft mat and after changing out the replacement foam on the blending tool, pick up both colors of ink on the tool and add it to the sky area. You can start the circle motion on the scrap paper and work your way onto the area you are inking. Gradually move the torn paper down so that all of the white areas are covered. Rotate the blending tool so that the light and dark colors are in various spots. This creates a varied look to the grass.
This is what was created in the last step. See how it is shaded to create light and dark grassy areas and the blended horizon?
Add the last layer that you just created to the card base using a tape runner to adhere it. Add the fence last using a glue pen.
Die cut a bird (this bird is from the Christmas In Color Set by Sizzix and is a great use of your other dies for everyday use) and then color it. Adhere it so that it sits on the fence using the glue pen and add the stamped image.
Gather up the raindrops that you punched earlier making sure that you have 12 of them to use. Create a flower with them by gluing 6 of them next to each other and then layering the last 6 on top covering the gaps from the first layer where the petals touch. Cut two circles using two different sized circle punches and glue them onto the center. Now, cut a strip of green paper for the stem and die cut two leaves using the petal die included with the Flowers & Fence Die Set.
Finish the card when you need to use it by adding a stamped sentiment to the inside of the card.
The next time you find yourself needing a quick card, don’t worry. Dig into your stash and pull out this wonderful any occasion card and you’ll have it covered. You will love making several versions of this card, too, so have fun and start building that stash.