By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
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.
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.
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!