Let’s get back to simple papercrafting with my new weekly feature Keep It Simple Sundays! Many of you have shared how difficult it is sometimes to carve out time to spend in your craft rooms. Much as we might like to while away hours cutting, stamping, folding and creating, busy lives, work and family time usually means we can’t.

So, once a week I’m going to post cards that are ultra simple like this one I shared a few weeks ago. They’re ones you can whip up in minutes, not hours. Ones using only a few supplies with just one (or two) stamp sets! Here’s your first Keep It Simple Sunday project.

let's get back to simple papercrafting

Don’t you think lighthouses create a gorgeous card? You don’t have to live on the eastern seaboard to love the High Tide set. I intended this one for a sympathy card, but it could be used for a variety of other occasions too. The neutral colour palette makes it perfect for anyone. It was one of the favourites at my last stamp-a-stack event in Thunder Bay last month. Take another peek.

let's get back to simple papercrafting

The High Tide stamp set is a two step one so you can combine different colours to build your image, adding depth and interest. This is the cardstock you will need.

The Recipe:

  • Crumb Cake 11” x 4 1/4” scored and folded at 5 1/2”
  • Basic Gray 4 1/8” x 4 1/2”
  • Smoky Slate 4” x 4 3/8”

Let’s get back to simple papercrafting with these few steps to make your own lighthouse card:

  1. Tear both the Basic Gray and Smoky Slate pieces of cardstock along the left-hand side of the short edge, taking about 1/4″ off.  Your Basic Gray piece should be just a little longer when you are done.
  2. Ink and stamp the sand image in Crumb Cake ink on the bottom of the piece of Smoky Slate.
  3. Stamp the bolder image for the lighthouse in Basic Gray Archival ink in the sand.
  4. Ink the more detailed lighthouse image in Smoky Slate and stamp over top of the first lighthouse (the images will line up exactly)
  5. Stamp the words in Crumb Cake to the right of the lighthouse.
  6. Adhere the Basic Gray cardstock to the right-hand side of the folded card base.
  7. Right align and centre the stamped Smoky Slate cardstock and glue down.

You probably have the majority of these supplies in your craft room right now waiting for you. If not, simply click on any image to take you to my 24-7 online store.

One of the best things about simple cards is they lie completely flat, so won’t cost additional postage.

let's get back to simple papercrafting

I hope you liked this first Keep It Simple Sunday project. I look forward to bringing you items each week to keep you inspired – and creating. So let’s get back to simple papercrafting together – let me know what else you might like to see!

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