Happy New Year – today’s sweet and simple thank you card is a sneak peek at one of the new sets in the January to June Mini Catalogue! Plus I want to share with you exactly HOW you can select stamp sets that are going to give you TONS more mileage!
I’ve just started playing with the new items – oh what fun! But this one little one caught my eye for a card idea you could duplicate right now using things you already have at home!
Now yours might look just a little different when it’s done since you’ll need to wait until January 5th to order this set!
And I bet you wouldn’t guess the name of this set by this card! It’s called Lots of Hearts!
And look! Here’s a card with nary a heart on it!
New Mini Catalogue Available Soon!
You’re probably already flipping through the brand new January to June 2021 Mini Catalogue. There are all kinds of wonderful stamp sets in there, some with completely original ideas and some that might be a bit reminiscent of previous offerings.
Before you run out of ink on your Wish List 😳, I want to share how I select stamps so I can get maximum use out of them.
That’s my number one qualification. It has to give me a bunch of mileage.
Maybe some of the questions I ask myself might be useful for you too.
How to Pick Stamp Sets for Versatility
What’s the first thing you notice when you’re paging through a new catalogue oohing and aaahing over the new ideas?
Probably how lovely/cute/sweet/rustic/original the images are? Or maybe how gorgeous the font is on the greetings? Perhaps you even consider whether you have stamps already like them in your stash?
All great things to ask.
But do you ever ask yourself these questions?
- What kinds of occasions could I use this stamp set for? (and do I already have stamps for those times?)
- How many different techniques can I use this set with? (and can I try it with new ones I’ve seen?)
- Are there greetings in the set I don’t currently have? (or are they duplicates of ones I already own?)
- Can I use it for more than just card making? (like scrapbooking or home decor or gifts)
- Will it complement other stamps I already own? (or is it just like a set I already have?)
- Is there a set of dies or a punch to coordinate with the stamps? (so I don’t have to fussy cut?)
- Do I LOVE it? (rather than just feel so-so about it?)
If you take a few minutes to ask – and answer – these questions, you will have a jump start on getting way more life from your stamps!
I’d love to know if there are other questions you also ask yourself.
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Why Did I Pick the Lots of Heart Stamp Set?
For lots of reasons. Here I’ll give you just a few of my top ones.
These are the stamps included in the set:
- four hearts of differing sizes – one plaid, a smaller solid, a dotted medium sized one, a line of solid hearts and a large one with a “scroll-work-like” design
- I can make cute or classic designs, even elegant with this variety
- I can design simple or more elaborate with this mix of patterns
- the stamps are both bold and “quieter” so I can get different look and feels with them
- a little flower bouquet (the one I used on my card)
- they can stand alone (like I did on today’s card) or be added to the hearts as an embellishment
- and who doesn’t love flowers for just about any occasion?
- the flowers can be coloured in so I can try different techniques – Stampin’ Blends, watercolour, colouring with markers, embossing…
- 5 different greetings with a simple font (but not a Valentine’s greeting – which I have in another set)
- 3 that have the word “heart” in it and two without
- 1 greeting can be cut in two for an additional greeting
- the simple non-serifed font means I can use it for guys or gals
And this is just a start! Once I start using it a bit more I know I’ll find lots more ways to use it!
So you can see how many uses I know I’ll get from this one little stamp set that is only $23 (CDN)!
How about we take a closer peek at the card design so you can recreate it with my easy-to-follow steps?
Sweet and Simple Thank You Card
Cuttin’ It Up!
- Daffodil Delight cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″, scrap
- Mango Melody cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Whisper White cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″
- Whisper White Crinkled Seam binding – about 8″
Let’s Make It!
1.Fold card and crisp up fold line with your bone folder. Adhere Mango Melody panel to card front.
2. Stamp flowers on bottom of Whisper White panel about 2 1/4″ from bottom. Stamp words below it. TIP: Leave a good 3/4″ between the greeting and the flowers. Colour flowers with Wink of Stella marker and ink from your stamp pads. I used Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green. TIP: Clean off marker tip after each colour.
3. Insert the left side of the Whisper White cardstock into the Meadow Moments folder and zip through your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine.
4. Punch out flowers with 1 1/2″ circle punch. TIP: Make sure to not get too close to the words. Crop small scalloped circle with the Stampin Cut and Emboss machine and the Layering Circles dies from Daffodil Delight scrap. Glue together.
5. SAVE YOU MONEY TIP: Wrap ribbon around left edge of panel and into cut out circle and tie in a bow on the left side. Glue entire piece onto card front.
6. Add dimensionals to back of scalloped circle then adhere directly over cut out. (See the photo).
There you go! Easy peasey, lemon squeezy!
If you love the freshness of a yellow and white colour palette as much as I do, here’s another card you might think about making!
Over to You Stamper!
Time to haul out card making supplies! There’s some creativity just waiting to happen!
Rifle through your stash of stamps to find a little stamp to fit in your circle with a simple greeting. And if you have fallen in love with the one I used it will be available January 5th! In the meantime, add any of the other supplies I used into your own craft space by clicking on any of them here.Supplies
See You Back Here Soon!
I’m happy you popped in today! I hope you found the tips ones you can use as you are poring over a new catalogue!
Take a final peek at this pretty little card.
I would just love to see what you come up with for a sweet and simple thank you card using stamps your have at home – send me a pic at [email protected]!