For the love of simple cards

I literally own more than half of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue (obsessed?  Maybe.  But who’s a happy crafter?  This girl.).  That being said, I find I am often draw to simple cards.  Don’t get me wrong!  I love to get elbow deep into a project with lots of layers and embellishments, but sometimes, I just need a simple and effective card!  Especially if I’m mass producing cards to give away during the holidays, like Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  It’s during these times that I follow the SIP principle: stamps, ink, and paper.

There is a saying that I’m drawn to, “done is better than perfect.”  What it means to me is if I want to get something done, I have to let go of the perfection of crafting, and focus on what will actually get it accomplished.  That’s where simple crafting works the best for me!

Stampin’ Up! has such great art work that I can let the stamp set do all of the work.  Take this card, for example:

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Using a two-step stamp, I was able to create the shadow, layered look on the “hello.”  I added the blushing bride watercolour splash behind the word using a stamp from Happy Celebrations and the splatter was made using an aqua painter and black re-inker.

I made 40 of these cards in an hour (superstar!) and they are now ready to send out to my valentines!

You can easily recreate this card using the following materials. Remember that until the end of March, Stampin’ Up! has their exclusive Sale-a-bration rewards available to anyone who places a $60 CDN order on my online store!

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