For general use through the year, I like to have a bunch of handmade cards at the ready, so when I see a nice blank set with a simple design, I will snap it up. I got a set of eight blank cards + envelopes, with a black and white leafy design, from the Dollar Tree. (Oops - sorry no before photo.)
I had some vellum tags in pastel colors, another Target dollar bin find. I didn’t know what to do with them, until I realized that one design from a new stamp set would fit – just. Stamping on vellum can be tricky, unless you know our trick, which is to give them a light swipe with the PerfectCrafting Pouch first. I used the Little Pouch which was the right size for these small tags. Then the stamped images came out perfectly sharp and dark.
I cut up a couple of sheets from an 8x8 stack into smaller pieces to layer on to my card bases. I inked the edges lightly, just because I like to, then this time used a fun washi tape from my stash as a featured border. Now comes the slightly time-consuming part, fussy cutting some vintage sticker “clip-art” images that my mother-in-law passed on to me a while ago. I was inspired to use them by the black and white design on the card base, which then became the border of the cards.
Since I was layering, I could make a hole and attach the vellum tags with some cute tiny button brads in coordinating colors, which picked up the colors in the washi tape. The final touch was a sentiment sticker from some sheets in my stash.
Then I adhered the panel to the cards with tiny spots Best Glue Ever along the edge. A quick stamp on the back of the envelopes for the final touch, and here were 8 cards ready to go (and a quick stamp clean up with Best Cleaner Ever.)
|All lined up|
Hampton Art Graphic 45 Cling Stamps – Midnight Masquerade
Craft Smart Dye Ink Pad
Color Box Cat’s Eye Pigment Ink set
DCWV The Luxury Stack (8 x 8)
7 Gypsies themed words and sayings sticker sheets
Dollar Tree Cards and Envelopes set
Vellum Tags from TargetWashi tape, button brads, and vintage clip art sticker sheet from my stash