Monday, November 17, 2008

Quick & Easy

This month's Guest Star Stamper contest at Papertrey Ink included a category for "quick and easy" holiday cards. Since I was having a busy month, I decided this would be the only project I would enter. And you know what? Sometimes quick and easy isn't always that easy to think up! But I had a few self-imposed requirements - things that I thought would make a card "quick and easy":
  1. No coloring
  2. No heat embossing
  3. Minimal cutting of paper

So, with that, I came up with this card:

The first step on this card was to create two sets of score lines on the card base using my Scor-Pal. It's very hard to see them in this photo, but you can see them better on the next one. After that, I masked off with a piece of scrap paper and stamped my snowflakes and stippled white pigment ink around the edges, for a snowy look.

The next step was to stamps my sentiments along the top and bottom edges. To do this, I placed all three words on one acrylic block, evenly spaced out. This makes stamping much quicker! And nothing says quick and easy like a punch! I used both the Marvy oval regular and scallop punches on this card for the main image. The little tree was stamped on white cardstock, with a bit of Liquid Pearls for ornaments. This adds an extra step, but could easily be excluded if you really want to keep things simple.

Lastly, I added tiny dots of white around the scallop edge of my oval using a white gel pen. The whole thing was adhered to the card using foam mounting tape.

So, after the initial concept was figured out, this card really is quick and easy to make. And with punches, you can easily take care of a few steps while you're watching your favorite television show!

Stamps: Rustic Snowflakes and Merry & Bright Additions (PTI)
Ink: white pigment ink, Dark Chocolate and Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Cardstock: Kraft, SS White and Pure Poppy (PTI)
Tools: oval regular and scallop punches (Marvy Uchida), Scor-Pal
Other: white Signo gel pen, Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (Ranger)

1 comment:

Shirley said...

Very simply pretty! Love the oval and how you marked the scallops too! Your tree is creative too!


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