I have quite a few different cards to share with you today, and each design only take 5 minutes to pull together. I am notoriously forgetful when it comes to birthdays, anniversaries, etc. My husband and I have each forgotten our anniversary the past 4 years, once we remembered while driving home from vacation. It’s pretty bad. So quick cards for special occasions are something I value A LOT! Also, because I am so forgetful I have picked up a few tips and tricks that make creating these cards even more fuss free and quicker! Keep reading below to see how I put each card together!
First and foremost, each of my cards is A2 in size, but I am stamping and working on 3.75″ x 5″ white card stock panels. This allows me to have a nice mat underneath each panel to separate it a bit from the card base! When working quickly, I like to use kraft and black mats to keep it nice and simple!
My first “set” of cards utilizes the same technique to make a few quick cards. I am using both the Long Brush Stroke and Short Brush Stroke Stamps to create quick backgrounds. My first “trick” I like to use when creating quick backgrounds is to have my inks swatched. I have to admit, this wasn’t something I did until recently, but it was has saved me so much time and guess work. I pull out my swatch ring and can easily find coordinating colors! Another tip when creating quick backgrounds like this is to stamp on a foam mat. This gives a little cusion for the perfect impression everytime!
My first card I quickly stamped the Long Brush Stroke stamp down the length of the panel and filled in between each stamp with a Thank You sentiment. I like to go bold on my quick and simple cards for the most impact!
I almost pulled out the Short Brush Stroke stamp and made a quick background with it. I turned it on it’s side for a fun diamond look and quickly stamped out a pattern! Again, I went with a bold Happy Birthday sentiment, but stamped it on vellum so I wouldn’t cover up the fun patterned background!
Moving on to my next “set” of cards. I went with two outline and solid stamp sets from Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps. You can get a great effect by perfectly lining up these stamps, but I like to stamp them quickly and “offset” them for a fun and messy look, too!
My first card in this set I used the Ranunculus Set of 2 stamp set and again utilized my swatches to find a great and quick color combo! One of my rules for quick cards is no die cutting, however, I have a cup I keep on my desk and in that cup I store extra die cuts that didn’t work on other projects or were just left over. For quick cards, I love pulling from that cup! That’s where the heart came from on this card! I added vellum behind it and stamped the best wishes sentiment in the center.
My second card in this set I used the Chrysanthemum Wispy set of 2. I have used this set before and perfectly lined up the images, which is stunning. You can find that card HERE. But offsetting them makes for a quick and fun background, too! Another rule I have for quick cards is nothing is added that needs considerable dry time. So no Nuvo drops, pastes, Glossy Accents, etc. But sometimes my designs needs some kind of “filler” like these two cards. What I did was pull out my Sharpies. For this card I used a black sharpie and for the first, I used a gold sharpie. Just my pressing on the tip you can create different sized “circles” for a fun splattering look that takes no time to dry!
My fifth and final card is a little “bonus”. Sometimes I don’t even have time to pull out stamps and stamp a background so in those cases I use my ink pads and ONLY my ink pads. I LOVE that Catherine Pooler ink pads give a great “swiping” effect and blend a bit on their own without any work on my part. For this background I literally swiped my ink pads in rainbow order, but you could use any color combo, across the card panel a few times to make a fun and colorful background. I added a bold Happy Birthday sentiment and this card was done! It wasn’t even a five minute card!!
So there you have it! Five different cards that take 5 minutes or less to make, plus a few tips and tricks on making the process even simpler! I hope you all enjoyed the cards today, and if you are interested in any of the stamps or inks I used, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, Happy Crafting everyone!!
- Chrysanthemum Wispy Set of 2
- Ranunculaus Set of 2
- Tiny Words Set 5
- Brush Stroke Long
- Thank You Big
- Brush Stroke Short
- Happy Birthday Big
- Happy Birthday with Notes
- Catherine Pooler Ink Pads
- Mini MISTI
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