Want to know my favorite color combination for greeting cards? The one that will always bring a smile to even the biggest naysayer? A cheerful combination that brings sunshine to a gloomy winter day?
Now it can be just about any yellow, but I picked this one today to drive away any mid-winter slumps!
It’s pretty simple really…and wanna know a secret?
You don’t have to even COLOUR your images for effective designs like these ones.
Cute ducklings ideal to celebrate spring, wish a happy day or cheer up a sick friend. And there’s NOTHING like a cheerful POP of a sunny yellow with our 2019-2020 In Color Pineapple Punch. Set against a crisp white and bold black, it’s guaranteed to rev up my creative juices.
A tip? Try to resist adding additional colour to your stamping. While it saves you time (and who can’t use a little more of that?), the mix of colour contrast is the draw! Well I guess it’s not a mix of colour at all is it? Black and white are technically “non-colours”😜
Wondering what my black paper just peeking out is? It’s Botanical Butterflies DSP, free with a $60 order right now. Gorgeous bright colour on one side with fabulous black and white on the reverse. This has been uber popular this Sale-a-bration so make sure you grab yours before it’s gone!
I used a second piece to decorate the envelope flap. Although we could quickly fold up a 3”x3” envelope with our Envelope Punch Board and matching patterned paper, I wanted the contrast of white and black to stand out. Which it does wonderfully on my mini square envelopes.
I love to make mini cards for a little thank you or hostess gift. They take practically no time to craft and are always appreciated. And when I get to use my favorite color combination for greeting cards, I’m a happy stamper!
My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards
Let me give you all the deets so you can whip up a few of these right away. The measurements are enough to make four 3×3 note cards with matching envelopes in a little gift bag.
Cuttin’ It Up
Pineapple Punch cardstock – 4 pieces 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
Botanical Butterflies DSP – 4 pieces 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” each from a different design, 4 pieces 2″ x 3 1/4″, cut in 4 matching designs
Whisper White cardstock – 4 pieces 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”
Pineapple Punch 1/8” grosgrain ribbon – 4 pieces about 6” long
Pineapple Punch 1/8” grosgrain ribbon – 1 piece about 12” long
Let’s Make It
Stamp images and words in Memento ink onto Whisper White squares and mount onto designer paper. TIP: stamp all your pieces at once so you can put away your ink pad and clean your stamps.
Glue to front of folded Pineapple Punch card.
Create a bow and apply to front with a glue dot. TIP: see an easy way to fold a tiny bow with my video. TIP: I chose to only decorate two with a bow. You can decide which you like best.
Adhere matching piece of patterned paper to outside flap of envelope with SNAIL. Trim away excess. TIP: Open up your flap and turn so you can see the back side of the designer paper around the edges to get a close cut.
Stamp greeting onto Whisper White cardstock. TIP: leave lots of room on the left to be able to punch your hold to tie to your bag.
Punch end of both the Whisper White and Pineapple Punch strips with the Triple Banner punch. Glue together.
Use handheld punch to make a hole near the left end.
Crop a flower from the Springtime thinlits from Basic Black paper. Add to top left with a glue dot. TIP: make sure to avoid the hold punch! Affix enamel dot in middle.
Insert cards and envelopes and tie top closed with ribbon. TIP: knot ribbon once around bag, then insert through hole in tag and tie a bow.
It’s Up to You
What about you? Can you resist this bright and clear mix of colour? I’ll bet it’s hard!
So now it’s your turn to get out your stamp supplies and give this bright colour combo a try. And get your free Botanical Butterfly paper at the same time when your order reaches $60. Or take a peek at all the SAB items.
One of the easiest ways to add variety to your handmade cards is to use card folding techniques for card making. Let me show you a fun fold with my photo tutorial that’s so easy, you’ll send EVERY card out the door making this design!
Poppy Parade cardstock – 1 piece 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 2nd piece 2 1/2″ x 9 3/8″, scored at 5 1/8″
Mango Melody cardstock – 4″ x 7 1/2″, scored at 2 1/4″
Painted Seasons DSP (FREE with your $120 CDN order right now) – 3 3/4″ x 5″
Whisper White – 2 1/4″ x 4 7/8″
Call Me Clover 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon – two pieces about 10″ long each
Jo’s Design Details
Start by folding my scored pieces of Poppy Parade and Mango Melody cardstock along the score lines.
Next adhere your large piece of patterned paper to the inside of the Mango Melody cardstock.
Then stamp the flower from A Big Thank You in coordinating ink to add interest to the fronts of your cards.
Stamp words and one flower onto your piece of Whisper White cardstock. Adhere to inside of folded Poppy Parade “card”.
Then add your ribbon. Here’s how to do it.
Lay your piece of Mango Melody cardstock flat with the flowers you just stamped on the left. Tape down a piece of ribbon about 1 1/2″ in with Tear & Tape. TIP: Adhere to the side that DOES NOT have flowers stamped on it. TIP: I used two pieces of Tear & Tape to make it secure.
Close Poppy Parade “card” then place your handheld 1/8″ punch as far as it will go into the FRONT of the card. Punch your hole.
Insert second piece of ribbon from the INSIDE through the hole and secure with two pieces of Tear & Tape.
Assemble your Card
Fold both cards shut and turn over. Add Tear & Tape to all sides.
Remove tape backing from Mango Melody and adhere to single sheet of Poppy Parade 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
Remove tape backing from Poppy Parade and line up right hand fold with edge of the patterned paper. TIP: Keep an eye on the inside card to make sure it’s straight.
Decorate the front
Stamp the squirrel in Early Espresso ink and colour the flower ONLY with Stampin’ Blends. TIP: Let dry slightly or give it a shot with your Heat Tool and your blend will work perfectly and not smear a bit!
Run through 2 1/8″ layering circle with your Big Shot.
Crop next size up scallop circle in Mango Melody and glue together.
Adhere over top of Tear & Tape with dimensionals.
Get More Creative Fold Card Tutorials
If simple fun folds is how you like to decorate your cards, you’ll love my online Creative Folds class! Full how-to videos and pdfs to make 5 awesome creative fold designs. All it takes is a simple click to make fabulous cards just like this one.
Over to You!
Ok, time to get busy in your craft area!
Here is everything you will need to make this cheerful fun fold card. To order any of these supplies, simply click on an image below.
Make sure you add some coordinating pizzazz to your envelope too. All I did was add two small strips of the DSP to the side of the envelope front. Now all I need to do is letter my friend’s name with my Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write marker and it’s ready to pop in the mail.
Want to get your cards noticed? Add immediate interest with card folding techniques for card making – I guarantee you’ll have fun and they’ll LOVE ’em!
Come on in for your free online class with Easter Bunny bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board and my Facebook Live Replay video. I’ve been “big tipping” it again, this time for how to watercolour with professional results EVERY time!
Easter is probably our next big spring occasion we can craft for. Well, after the four leaf clover day that is🍀.
And it’ll be hopping around sooner than we think. So give a little twitch of your whiskers and get a jump on making your goodie bags with this oh-so-cute bunny from Fable Friends. (OK that’s enough of the bad rabbit puns☺️!)
Let me show you the project.
Isn’t he the sweetest? (and I’m not sure why he’s a HE, he just is for me, even with pink buttons!)
OK it’s come clean time…
who has a gift bag punch board and it hasn’t seen the light of day?
when was the LAST time you did simple watercolouring to decorate a project rather than an over-the-top-gorgeous-but-five-hours-in-the-crafting marathon?
who would LOVE to get some simple gift bags made EARLY for family, friends and coworkers with minimal time and effort?
I say, Pick ME!
But before we get started here’s what you’ll need for supplies:
OK, let’s hop to it (sorry!🤪) to see this cute project in action.
Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board
Cuttin’ It Up!
Animal Expedition DSP – 6″ x 10″ (makes a medium sized bag)
Watercolor paper – 2″ x 3 3/4″
2017-19 In Color DSP in Lemon-Lime Twist – 2 1/4″ x 4″
Powder Pink and Whisper White cardstock – scraps
Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon – piece about 14″ long
How about a couple close-ups of our sweet bunny watercolour detail?
It’s Up to You Now
Ok, hop to it! Here’s your mission:
go find your Easter images, ones with open lines like in our Fable Friends bunny
grab a couple ink refills, an acrylic block and your Aqua Painters
pull out (and blow the dust off) your Gift Bag Punch board
decorate a cute gift bag for this spring holiday
If you enjoyed this gift bag punch board idea, here’s another one with pretty spring colours in a different look and shape! Same board, different bag!
Thanks for popping in!
And remember I’m playing all week with the Fable Friends stamp set. So check back tomorrow for another great project made with these sweet animals.
Who doesn’t LOVE to get a present with yummy treats inside? Just about everyone I know!
Make a sweet one handmade with love and care this Easter season. Easter bunny bags with the gift bag punch board are easy – and fun – to create when you decorate them with pretty watercoloured designs just like this.
This super sweet Fable Friend Baby Boy cards idea is just one of the versatile ways you can design with this adorable stamp set.
This mama with her three ducklings are the first stamps I reached for in this set. It’s actually made up of two images, the mother duck and her trio of kidlets. All the little animals are so adorable in this set.
But sharing equally in the limelight here are the variety of greetings. Something for spring, Easter, baby and friends. Versatile!
That’s why I chose it for my Product of the Week this week! I’m playing with it all week so check back to see what I’ve come up with!
The images are all open line so to me that just BEGS watercolour with my Stampin’ Writes and an Aqua Painter! How many different colours do you think I have on here?
Here’s the colour palette. The darker tones I use for shading around the edges and stitching lines.
Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel
Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape
Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove and Mango Melody
With watercolour, the pooling then drying of ink creates a lovely effect. One you need to take a closer peek at!
What about the rest of the card?
Fable Friends Baby Boy Card Idea
The Balmy Blue panel is embossed with the Polka Dot Basics folder first.
Then a strip of the sweet Daffodil gingham paper from Gingham Gala suite adds colour and ties the watercoloured ducks together. This fab paper has been so popular it was on backorder, but it’s back in stock so it’s time to get yours!
Jo’s Design Tips
Make sure to use liquid glue to adhere your gingham paper so it stays well stuck.
Then tie a piece of the super cheerful double stitched Daffodil Delight ribbon around the join and knot it as far to the right as possible.
Use your Stamparatus to stamp all the images as Watercolor paper is bumpier than normal so if you have to stamp a second time, you’ll do so perfectly!
Add a very faint line of light coloured ink (I used Soft Seafoam) to create the ground they are walking on
Let’s See Yours!
I’d love to see what kind of Fable Friends baby boy card idea you can design with this adorable set. Or maybe yours needs to be a baby girl card with pretty pinks or purples? Be sure to send me a pic!
And here’s where you can get all your supplies in one go! I love when you support my business with your orders. Thank you so much.
I predict you’ll need to order some of the narrow note cards for fast DIY card making once you see this card. Pair mere SCRAPS of cardstock and Sparkle glimmer paper with your Bitty Blooms Punch Pack to end up with a cutie like this.
I’ve got a Pinterest board called Make It In 5! And this adorable card is at the top of the list! Make sure you pin it on your own boards to come back to!
How many ways can we describe today’s Keep It Simple Sunday project?
What other words would you use? I’d love to read your comment!
cardstock – scraps of Gorgeous Grape, Daffodil Delight, Lemon-Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo
glimmer paper – tiny scraps
Now check out all my TIPS to make it at home.
Let’s Make It!
Punch flower 4 times from cardstock scraps. Punch circle and leaf duo 8 times from Lemon-Lime Twist cardstock and 4 times from Sparkle glimmer paper.
Adhere flowers together with Liquid glue. TIP: Use your silicone craft sheet for easy cleanup in case your glue goes awry 🤓! TIP: Place flower upside down and add a dab of flue and put leaves on top. Vary the leaf placement on each flower. Turn over to place dot. TIP: Use your Take Your Pick tool to pick up the glimmer paper circle and place onto a dab of liquid glue.
Stamp greeting in Gorgeous Grape ink.
Add flowers with Mini Dimensional. TIP: Adhere middle flower first then, one on either side. TIP: Add a tiny dab of liquid glue to the OUTSIDE flap of the envelope to add your last flower.
Over to You!
Time to get out your Bitty Bloom punches and create your own Make It in 5! cards. Or do you need the set of these adorable punches?