In a Pinch – Quick and Easy Card

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

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You know those times; we’ve all had them, when an event comes up at the last minute that you don’t think you will have the time to make a card of your own.  Well, you don’t have to worry about that with this quick and easy card that can be made for any occasion.  It takes less than 10 minutes to make but looks like you spent hours on it.

Begin by creating the card base from card stock.  This is a 5” x 7” card.  Add a piece of patterned paper to it to match the colors of your card and to mat your background sheet.  For this, I chose to use the Secret Garden 6” x 6” Paper Pad by Graphic 45 and chose to use the solid background instead of the pattern.  That is one great thing about double sided papers like this is that they often give you a solid pattern on one side to use.  I cut this paper to measure 4 ¼” x 6” so that some of the card base still shows through which helps to add another layer and look to the card.  You can use a tape runner or tape glider to adhere it to the base.

This is where the fun and creative part comes in.  You can either use a whole sheet of white card stock (8 ½” x 11” used here) or cut it down to the size you will need first.  I like to use the whole sheet so that I can get several backgrounds done at once and save the rest for later uses.

Ink Pad Effect

Choose several different colors of ink pads (Shabby Pink by Colorbox, Worn Lipstick by Ranger, Shabby Shutter and Peeled Paint by Ranger used here) and start with the lightest one and run it across the paper.  Repeat this with each of the ink pads you have chosen moving from the lightest to the darkest.  Allow for the inconsistent covering from the ink to create interest to the background.  Allow the ink to dry completely.

Stamp your favorite image (Mini Butterfly Scroll by Inkadinkado used) onto the background ink black ink.

Punch the sentiment from card stock using the Alphabet Punch Set by Martha Stewart and adhere to the card using a Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura.

Adhere the background piece to the base and your card is now finished.

The next time you’re in a pinch and needing a quick card dig out those stamps pad and create this colorful background to use for any occasion.  It only takes a few minutes to create this simple, but fun card type guaranteed to wow the person who receives it.  Remember stamp pads aren’t just for stamping anymore!

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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