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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Picture Perfect Gift Enclosure Card with #30daysofhappy

Can you tell that I'm loving the #30daysofhappy stamp set?  Well, just in case you can't tell, I'll tell you that I am loving it!  This little set is just perfect (Picture Perfect, even!) for a quick 3 x 3 gift enclosure card.  Do you realize that you can get 8 - 3" x 3" card bases out of one piece of 12" x 12 cardstock (just cut it in half at 6" and then each of those 6" strips cut into 3" x 6" strips.  Fold in half. Voila!)?  Nifty!  Close To My Heart even sells 3" x 3" envelopes!

BTW, sorry the photo is a bit blurred. I didn't realize it until I went to post it today. Unfortunately the card is not where I can get to it to photograph it again (it's packed for a big meeting later this week with my team).  Hopefully you get the gist.  I will give a few tips on techniques I used on this card and will also include a products used list with photos and links to them on my site at the end of the post.

Don't forget that this set is yours FREE in September when you spend $30 or more (before shipping and tax) on stamps.  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add it to your order before you check out.

Technique tips:
  1.  I love creating my own backgrounds with stamps. I did that on the Sunset Cardstock on this card by stamping rows of the little camera stamp. I stamped one camera right side up and the next one upside down. I made sure I didn't have cameras sitting directly on top of each other. I sort of staggered them in between each other from row to row to create more balance and visual interest.
  2. You may have noticed that the cameras are the same color as the cardstock. I am a big fan of tone-on-tone stamping and love that  Close To My Heart provides matching cardstocks, stamp pads and reinkers.  Woo Hoo!  I stamped on my Sunset Cardstock with Sunset Ink.
  3. The little hearts strip is Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape.  Sometimes I want washi tape to look a little more solid (as opposed to putting it directly onto the Sunset Cardstock and having that shine through the hearts), so I cut a strip of White Daisy Cardstock, adhered the Washi to that, cut a notch in the end, and adhered it to my card.  Try other colors underneath too for varied looks.
  4. Doodling is back!  I used the Journaling Pen to create my border on the card, as well as a hand drawn border on my focal point (the Picture Perfect square).  I didn't use a ruler at all. I wanted more of a 'free' feel to it. 
Need some ideas of stamp sets to purchase to help you reach the $30 mark to get the #30yearsofhappy set FREE?  Here are a few of my favorites:

In the Background
Charming Chevrons
Happy Birds
Fall Harvest
 You can also see all of our stamp sets collection here.


Mary Newman said...

Awesome little card! Love your stamping tone on tone and the camera is perfect for the Picture Perfect stamp. Very cute Karen.

Becca Whitham said...

Darling! I wasn't so sure about this set, but I'm seeing so many fun things, I'm glad it's in my arsenal. BTW, if you add "#30yearsofhappy" to your Pinterest description, it will create an automatic link to a subsection of all the other cards being made with this set. Some good stuff in there!!


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