I'm sitting here with the A/C on and a fan to move the air a bit. It's a warm day in East Central Florida. I don't usually have the A/C on this early in the year, but it just got a bit too warm for comfort. It's only for another 24 hours or so...a cold front is on the way and the temperatures will return to the 60's. Much more comfortable.
Here's a card I designed for the February meeting of the SASS Stamp Club. I wanted to showcase a couple of items from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure--the Fresh Vintage stamp set and the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper--and how the two products coordinate so beautifully.
The first thing I pointed out when I demonstrated this card is that the card base uses one of the most overlooked, but cost-effective, products in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog: the Note Cards. There are 20 Whisper White cards AND envelopes in this package for $5.95 (US). The cards are already scored, so all you have to do is decorate and send! The finished card is slightly smaller than a card made from a half sheet of cardstock at 3 1/2" x 5", but still a mailable size.
The large image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was stamped near the upper right corner of the card front using Pool Party ink. The border image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was stamped near the lower left front corner of the card front. A piece of Island Indigo cardstock was punched with the Dotted Ribbon border punch and placed behind the lower edge of a piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper so that the scalloped edge just peeks out. (Note that the piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper I chose uses the large image stamped near the upper right corner of the card front to create the Poppy Parade pattern for the paper.) The paper/punched border was adhered over the top two rows of the Pool Party stamped border.
The postage stamp image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo ink and cut out with Paper Snips. The image was adhered to a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock punched with the Scallop Square punch. The completed focal point was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The border image was stamped along the left side of the inside sentiment area of the card using Pool Party ink. The five petal flower image was stamped randomly along the left and right sides of the border image using Pool Party ink. The same process was used to decorate the left front of the Whisper White envelope.
With such a simple design you could whip up a set of 4 or 5 of these cards in a very short time, tie a ribbon around the bundle of cards and envelopes, add a pretty tag, and present a lovely and much appreciated gift to a friend, co-worker, or Secret Sister. To make the gift even more personal, use an alphabet stamp set to create a monogram in place of the postage stamp image. For my more experienced paper crafters, I reminded them that this card design is a wonderful way to use up all those left over scraps of paper and cardstock that you just can't bring yourself to throw away.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Inks: Island Indigo, Pool Party; Cardstock: Island Indigo, Poppy Parade, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Everyday Enchantment; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Scallop Square punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch; Other: Note Cards (Twenty 3 1/2" x 5" Whisper White pre-scored cards with envelopes)