Monday, August 20, 2007

My First Blog Card!

Just for kicks, here is a simple card I made to trade at Convention 2007, which I attended from July 25th-July 28th this summer.

This is an easy and quick card template anyone can use with success. The base card is standard size (4-1/4" x 5-1/2"), the squares are made from 1-1/4" punched pieces layered on 1-3/8" punched pieces.

The two strips on the left are 1/2" x 5-1/2" pieces. I found that I liked the look best when I placed one strip slightly overlapping the other. There are two regular office staples at the top of the strips, and one at the bottom.

Color coordination was made easy by use of the following current In Color ink pads and card stock: River Rock, Groovy Guava, Bayou Blue and Wild Wasabi. The smaller square images were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.

You can use this template as is, or get a different look from varying different elements. For example, try alternate color combinations, turn the card horizontally, use layered circle punched pieces in lieu of the squares, and/or use alternate embellishments instead of staples, such as brads or eyelets.

Here are a few examples of cards which are a variation on this theme:

Bug Card Supplies: Cute As A Bug stamp set, Lovely Lilac ink and card stock, Ballet Blue ink and card stock, Real Red ink and card stock, Green Galore card stock, and Whisper White card stock, (the dragonfly in the background is stamped in Lovely Lilac ink on the Green Galore card stock), 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" square and circle punches.

Frog Card Supplies: Unfrogettable stamp set, Certainly Celery ink and card stock, Handsome Hunter ink and card stock, Always Artichoke ink and card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" square punches.

Celebrate Card Supplies: Circle of Friendship stamp set, Wonderful Words stamp set, Bashful Blue ink and card stock, Ballet Blue ink and card stock, Night of Navy ink and card stock, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circle punches.

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