Sometimes I mix and match a bunch of stamps from different sets, and other times…. I just use one. Today’s card is one of those one-stamp times!
Last week I was in the mood to create some backgrounds that would later become cards – something I really like to do in order to unwind after work. Anyone else? I had very few supplies on hand because my shipment of belongings was still en route to LA from Canada at the time, but since I flew here with a suitcase of crafty essentials, I wasn’t completely out of commission. One of those items was the Essentials by Ellen Abstract Paint Strokes stamp set – one of the hardest-working ones in my stash. I love abstract art and creating patterns with random shapes, so I chose a single stamp – yep, just one – from the set and got to creating.
Color palette-wise, I picked some softer shades of green and purple from Catherine Pooler – Sage, Spruce, Royal Treatment and Sixteen Candles, as well as Warm Buff (a lovely warm tan) from Pinkfresh Studio. After drawing some light pencil lines on my white card panel as a guide, and after lining up my inks in the order I wanted to follow, I got to stamping repeatedly until the entire panel was covered. Even though drawing the lines and laying out inks may seem annoying, many failed cards in the past have taught me that these are essential steps – at least for distracted crafters like yours truly!
For my sentiment, I chose the ‘Just Waving Hello’ from the High Five Stamp set, embossed it in white and used the coordinating speech bubble die to cut it out. Since this was turning out to be quite a flat card, I popped some foam tape under a strip of vellum, adhered the sentiment on top, then folded the edges of the vellum behind my patterned background to hide them. I mounted the entire thing on more foam tape, then finished the card by tying a piece of gold cord in a bow along the card’s fold.
I’d love to hear: Is there a particular technique or part of the card making process that makes you feel especially relaxed?