Having a small stack of very basic greeting cards around for last minute occasions is always helpful. Maybe a friend needs some encouragement or your sister got a promotion—you have a card ready to go!
For today’s project, I’m using a great combo set from Avery Elle called Simply Said, You. There is a large “you” die and a stamp set sold separately that goes with it. The stamp set has the cutest little messages that can all be paired with the “you”. I like these types of sets because you have one nice focal point which is the word die, and then you can create multiple cards with the same design, just different sentiments. Hero Arts also offers similar sets in their Stamp and Cuts collection.
I started off by stamping a few pandas from the Mama Elephant Panda clear stamp and die set. They will add a happy little element to each card. After stamping them with Versafine Onyx black ink using my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press, I heat embossed the images with Ranger clear embossing powder.
I die cut the pandas out with the matching die and the “you” die cut using white cardstock. For the sentiments, I simply stamped a few in a line using Versamark ink on some black cardstock, heat embossed them with Hero Arts white embossing powder and trimmed them in strips using my Fiskars trimmer.
I added a pop of color with masked stripes using various colors of Distress Oxide ink in different combos. Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, and Evergreen Bough were used. To make the stripes, I used a panel of white cardstock 3 ½” x 4 3/8” and taped off even stripes with the help of my Post It Tape and grid mat.
After blending my first Spiced Marmalade stripe with a mini sponge dauber, I removed the tape on the bottom, and covered the stripe to the edge.
I added the other piece of Post It tape above following my grid mat to mask another stripe the same size using the Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink.
I ended with five stripes. For some reason, I missed the middle stripe on this card, but ended up liking just having a white strip in the middle. Sometimes mistakes are good! J. I ended up doing this for the rest of my cards.
I colored the “o” on the you die in a coordinating color for each of my cards.
I assembled each of my cards putting the striped panel flush with the top of a white notecard using foam tape and adding the “you” to the bottom with more foam tape. I also added foam tape to the little panda. I finished the cards with the sentiment strips.
I’m so excited to have some extra cards in my stash for sending quick well wishes! I hope you’ll try this quick, clean and simple technique to help build up your card supply. Thanks so much for joining me today.