I have a special treat for you today! If you've been by my blog during the release hops, you might know that I have a fondness for using patterned paper. Since all of the Stamp TV kits include a pack of Gina K's gorgeous paper, I thought it would be fun to show you an easy way to make a number of cards using just three sheets of coordinating paper. I'm attaching a PDF with the cutting measurements, so you can try it, too!
So... your first step is to choose three sheets of coordinating paper. I stayed within the current paper pack, choosing the Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Gingham, and the Animals on Cream, and I used only The Simple Things stamp set for my images and sentiments, but you can feel free to pull from any of the packs and stamps you have on hand!
After I chose my three sheets, I cut them according to the measurements I've given you on the PDF.
Then I started to make my cards...
Card #1 - Fox
I used a piece of patterned paper that completely covered my card front, then cut a corner panel of ivory, stamped and colored my images and a greeting and added a little piece of ribbon for an embellishment.
Card #2 - Apple
Pretty straightforward! I added an 1/8" mat to some of my layers, popped up the apple, and used a bit of burlap and another ribbon piece for an accent.
Card #3 - Frame
I stamped on my last Vintage Cuts frame for this one... must order more!! Then handcut a little banner which I tied with gold cord and popped up for dimension.
Card #4 - Tree (Card Size 3.5" x 5.5")
I made my card size fit my paper pieces for this one. It still fits in the envelope and since it is skinny I could leave the end of my banner hanging off the side. I used the tree from the kit for the image, inked up with Honey Mustard, Sweet Mango and Cranberry inks.
Card # 5 - Thanks (Card Size - 4.25" x 5.25")
Another card trimmed to size and no embellishments at all. A perfect guy card!
And there you have it! Now this isn't a challenge... YET. ;) But I would love to see what you make if you decide to try it!
Every single one of these cards is adorable and an excellent use of the pretty patterned paper. Thank you, so much, Tricia, for your great ideas. My new kit is supposed to arrive in today's mail, and I am anxiously awaiting it. Just love the stamps and papers in this new fall kit.
Look like fast and easy cards when a quickie is needed. Thanks for sharing
Love all of these!
I can't wait to try this with another stack of GKD paper, but I have another idea to work on first... :)
How long do I have to make and upload them to you?
Oh, there is no time limit! This isn't a challenge this week, it's just a tool : ) We do have a month (well- three week) long challenge that started last week, though... you can find all the info on that here...
Thank you, Tricia. Just joined your group, and I'm already excited about the really cute cards. This is going to be so much fun!!
Thanks, everyone! I hope that you will find a use for it. Quick and easy cards are fun to make and work well for writing notes or sending to the Ronald McDonald House or Operation Write Home. Plus it is always nice to make a dent in our stash while we are waiting for the next kit to come out!! : ) I wonder if the next one will be Christmas-ish and/or Winter-y???
I can't wait!!
Thanks for the ideas! Cute cards!
Such cute cards! Thanks for the tutorial and pdf. My kit is to arrive on Monday and these animals will be so much fun to color along with my other animal stamps.
Beautiful cards and great ideas for the background paper. Thank you.