Monday, February 22, 2010

Quick Cards

We all have those times when we just need a quick card to say, "Thinking of you". That is why I am so grateful for digital stamps and free images! We are lucky to have some amazing designer over at Cutter's Creek Design Team Blog who create fantastic images like the one I used in this card which are often available free! What could be better than that??

Anyway, back to the card. I started with a great sketch from my friend Abby L. at Scrappin-n-Chattin' on Yahoo groups. She is a very talented designer. Now, we all run into times we need a quick card. Card sketches and digital images can be a real time saver. You print your digi's out onto your cardstock using your laser or ink jet printers. Before coloring them, be sure to quickly heat set the ink with your heat tool.

I like to keep a basket of scrap papers just for quick cards like these. The leftover scraps from scrapbook pages can be perfect for your cards. Why waste those beautiful papers? Reuse strips for wording and accents.

For this card I used a free digi image from Sher over at Cutter's Creek. I colored it using my Copic Markers, and then I added a little bit of Diamond Stickles for the nose to give it a little pop. I hand lettered some leftover strips of cardstock, and added more Diamond Stickles to the heart on my lettering.

For quick cards, I always have big stack of white cardstock in 8.5" x 11" in my stash. That way I always have the perfect background. I cut my cardstock in half and then folded it for my card base. I cut one piece of cardstock at 4" x 5.25 inches for my background, so I could leave some white cardstock showing. Next I cut another piece of coordinating cardstock at 3.5" x 4.75 inches for layering. Then I cut another coordinating piece at approximately 3.0" by 2.25" and rounded the corners with my corner rounder. I chalked all of the edges using my Peebles chalks.

I layered my cardstocks onto my card base using my Glue Glider and then attached my colored digi stamp. I added my sentiment, and then my Skittles using my 3/16 Glue Dots.

In less than 20 minutes I had the perfect quick spring themed card ready to send to my friend to let her know I was thinking of her.

The products used in this project are available for purchase at Cutter's Creek are:

Copic Sketch Markers ( 0 Colorless Blender, E42, E09, E70, E30, RV02, 100 and R01)
Stickles Glitter Glue - Diamond
Glue Glider
Glue Dots
Peebles Chalks
Sher's Free Digi Image


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