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Thursday, February 24, 2011

quick cards

As a busy mama, I often run out of time to make a handmade card to give to the special people in my life on their birthdays or special occasions.  To try and take a bit of the load off, I like to keep a stack of handmade cards in the cupboard that I can pull out and use at short notice.  (Yep, I'm forgetful, and time management is a bit of a struggle some days!)
I whipped these two cute cards up in a few spare minutes I had today. 
First up, I trimmed a piece of patterned paper to size.  I wanted these to be slightly smaller than my card blank, so there's a little border around the edge.  I chose a black card blank for this card, to make the bright colours pop even more.  I used 2 Kaszazz stamps, and Ranger Perfect Medium Pad, with Zing embossing powder in Gloss Black.
I inked my branch stamp with perfect medium, and stamped that on the patterned paper.  To apply the embossing powder, I just dump a big heap on the page, and gently shake it around (over a piece of paper) to get the powder to stick to the perfect medium properly.  There's plenty of different inks that you can use embossing powder with, I just find Perfect medium really easy to work with.
Ok so once that's done, shake the excess embossing powder off on to a scrap piece of paper.  From here, you can just pour it back into the jar.  Heat the design with a heat tool until it's glossy and melted.  I repeated this step with a pretty Happy Birthday stamp as well.  I love embossing, it really makes a simple design stand out from a busy background.  Stick the patterned paper to the card blank with double sided tape.
I made a second card as well, and positioned the branch slightly higher so I could fit the sentiment in underneath it. 
To complete the cards, I added a gorgeous little owl sticker. These ones are an EK Success sticker, in the "sticko" dimensional sticker range.  There is 16 owls in the pack, so enough to keep me happy for a while to come! :) (not to mention pretty kind on the hip pocket!)
Here we have the finished cards.  Two cards for my stash, both super cute, and both finished in less than 10 minutes!
xx Rita


Amanda @ said...

These are too cute. I love anything to do with owls or birds. I used to scrapbook back in the day but discovered the easiness of "digital scrapbooking." Yes, I know I'm a cheater. lol. Anyway, these are gorgeous! Thank you for becoming a follower. I returned the kindness and look forward to more crafts from you. :)

Rita said...

No such thing as being a cheater! Digital scrapping is every bit as valid as traditional scrapping. I find I get more traditional done than digital, because facebook isn't quite so accessible! :D
I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to owls and cute fat little birdies!
Glad you stopped by :)