Classic, beautiful and dramatic, it works for just about anyone on your holiday mailing list. Once again, I feature black and white like I did with this card. I hadn’t realized how much I tended to use these colours (or non-colours really)! They’re just so clean and to me, clean equals simple! Maybe you think so too.
Don’t you just love the beautiful Winter Wonder embossing folder? It can completely stand on its own, even with a larger card like this one. See how easy this super simple three step snowflake card is to make for yourself.
If you have another two minutes and want to get REALLY fancy, make a stamped inside too. The greeting is stamped in Tuxedo Black and Basic Grey for the snowflake (for a bit of variety). I used a couple different sets here to finalize the card because I love the simplicity and font for this greeting.
We sometimes think we need to get elaborate, piling embellishments and ribbon onto a couple techniques and a few colours, to have a beautiful card. NOT! This card is a fabulous example of less is more.
Here’s the few supplies to make it yourself.
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When I designed this card, it quickly became a favourite. So much so, it was one of my easy Holiday Open House make’n takes. That work table was tidy and finished up lickety split so I know how quickly it goes together. Minimal supplies and a stellar embellishment are all it takes for a super simple three step snowflake card…why not try one today?
Don’t you agree? It’s hard to decide what’s the best part of this card…
Karen’s used a technique that’s been around for awhile…that’s undergone a little facelift recently. Using shaving cream and her stamp pads, she swirled the ink and cream together on an acrylic block, then “painted” it onto Shimmery White cardstock with a palette knife. We used to create a whole pan of coloured shaving cream with re-inkers, then dunked our paper into it and scraped it off. This is a bit more precise – and maybe even a tad less messy! She got her inspiration from Kim Jolley who designed this “Not Your Mother’s Saving Cream Technique”.
The results are exceptional. And what’s even better? A much more fun use for shaving cream! makes it easy to create a bunch of backgrounds to put into your stash of ready-mades.
Using these as backgrounds makes card making so much easier. Karen simply stamped the solid image leaf from Colourful Seasons in Pear Pizzazz, then over-stamped the detailed image in Old Olive to create the veins. (Psst, this is a breeze with two-step stamps!) Her last touch was die cutting a Pear Pizzazz leaf and swiping her Wink of Stella over it for some extra glimmer.
Here are some of Karen’s tips:
Need a few supplies? Here’s everything Karen used for her beautiful card.
You Can Make It Too
I love receiving cards from friends I can feature on my Front and Centre Friday. It’s amazing how creative everyone is. Just take a look at Crystal’s and Doreen’s to see the variety. To have your card showcased, simply send it to me at Box 911, Blackfalds, AB Canada T0M0J0. (I’m always excited when they feature current Stampin’ Up! supplies and product.) Who knows – maybe you’ll be inspired and try a much more fun use for shaving cream!
This Spooky Night designer series paper made the box front so simple! It’s a 3” design on one of the sheets. With 16 on one sheet it’s quick to make multiples! While I spent a little longer on mine – the branches are cut out – you certainly don’t have to to have fabulous results.
Many people are surprised at how sturdy the pizza boxes are. They easily handle these notecards, but would also be perfect for homemade goodies, Hallowe’en treats and Christmas morsels. At $1 each, the make wonderfully different gift holders.
I gave my screech owl a pair of spooky black rhinestone eyes and perched him directly on the branch. I added some splatters too with my toothbrush dipped in my Tuxedo black stamp pad. And I actually liked the look of the stamped words on my tag. The Memnto ink pad is a linen finish, not foam like the Classic stamp pads, so I picked up the imprint when I stamped. (Normally I would reink it a few times to I didn’t get the lines, but here I thought it added to the spookiness!)
I admit there are a LOT of supplies in this DIY cutest notecards set. But take a look how your simple framelit shapes can perk these up. How many different ones do you see? How about the layering circles and squares AND stitched shapes…well, and the large letters too 😬! It’s hard for me to decide which is my go-to shape. I guess if I had to walk the plank, I’d say the circles…buuuut, those squares make super little frames too!
My cat punch has been working overtime! You saw him in my simple Hallowe’en card a couple weeks ago. He’s so quick and easy to make a super card. Stamp, punch and adhere!
What’s the trick for the frames? Cut out a large stitched frame lit square with your Big Shot (one in black, one in Pumpkin Pie). Then position the next sized square inside the square and run through the Big Shot again…TIP: save this square and use them on your other cards like I did with this one!
This one shows more of the designer paper. One half inch strip down the side, then I fussy cut the two pumpkins and words. The mini sequins gave it a sparkly lift.
Can you see the cutout of the second black frame from the first card? It grounds the two circles and banner and picks up the jack-o-lantern’s happy grin.
To be honest, I couldn’t live without my letters. I made these orange ones using my technique for colouring glimmer paper. See it here! Washi tape adds a fun bottom border and the three black rhinestones adds some quirkiness.
Yes my list of supplies is LONG…however I’ll bet most are staples in your stack of supplies. If you need to add a few, a simple click will get them on their way to you.
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In the spirit of my Keep It Simple Sunday, I want to show you how to make a last minute Thanksgiving card. I know many of you plan far ahead and aren’t like me. Running around at the last minute to get a card made for your husband at 5:30 in the morning. Golly, I DO this for a living! You’d think I would be more prepared!
Well I’m not. So I thought, why not combine a couple techniques I’ve shown you recently? They’re top of mind, close at hand, and quick and easy. So tadah, a card made in 6 minutes flat!!
There might be some familiar looking pieces here…like the leaf perhaps? The Vintage Leaves set is a classic for this time of year. You’ve seen me use it here already but with watercolour paper for a more subtle mixing of colour. This time, I stamped directly onto Shimmery White cardstock and embossed my ink for a shiny look. Very subtle sheen and quite pretty up close.
Rather than just stamp the greeting on the card and be done with it – which I admit would have been even faster – I stamped on a small strip of Shimmery White. I picked the darkest colour from my leaf, Cherry Cobbler since the greeting is pretty small letters so it would show up. The gold metallic thread and enamel shape add another touch of shine.
So if you also need to make a last minute Thanksgiving card like me, here’s how it goes together:
So even though there are a few steps, I still consider this a pretty simple card. Not a lot of layers, lots of clean space and simple embellishments. I suspect you may have these supplies hanging around your own craft room. But if not, here is everything I used.
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Let’s take one last look (before I throw it in an envelope for the hubby!)
I do hope you’re a bit more organized than I am. However if you find you’ve got TOO much on the go and think it’s time to go grab a Dollar Store card, DON’T. This is an ultra quick and super easy last minute Thanksgiving card that they (he’ll?) appreciate even more!