Tips and Tricks for Fast and Simple Cards
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In this post, I am sharing tips and tricks to keep your card making simple and fast without sacrificing creativity. Card making techniques are wonderful and lots of fun to do; but sometimes you might just not have time, or the "mojo" to spend hours or days on making a card. Spending less time on a card doesn't mean you can't be fun and creative with it.
Click the video below for a full walk through of all the techniques and then scroll down for further pictures and more details.
Card 1: Sending you Lots of Hugs
Tip 1: Patterned papers can pull together a card in just a few minutes. If you're worried about coordinating papers, use a paper pad because these papers are designed to go together.
Tip 2: Find a sketch with measurements. Sometimes the thing that can take the longest when making a card is just figuring out the layout you want to do. If you can find a sketch with measurements, the hard work is already done for you.
For this card I chose this Mojo Monday sketch.
Card 2: Happy Thoughts
Tip 1: Embrace the White Space! Don't be afraid of leaving a lot of white space on a card. You do not have to fill up an entire card front. A splash of color with a black outline image and a simple sentiment can pull a card together in just a matter of minutes.
Tip 2: This is the perfect chance to look through your stash and use some of your older stamps.
Card 3: You Make Me Smile
Card 4: Happy Birthday.
Tip 1: Using embossing folders is a fast and easy way to add a fun wow factor to your card. With so many different types on the market you can really step up the dimension and texture of a card in just a matter of minutes.
Tip 2: Be sure to look through your "extras" that you've saved from previous projects. You might just discover that you already have what you need. For example, on this card I already had the "YOU" die cut so that saved me time!
Card 5: Friends are Treasures
Card 6: Always time for Friendship
Tip 1: Color blocking is a great way to get multiple cards from one technique. Combining it with a stamped image that's easily taken apart and put back together in a variety of ways can add a fun factor as well.
Measurements for the Card Blocking were as follows:
(5) squares of colored card stock measuring 3 3/4 x 3 3/4
Once the squares were all stamped with the same image, I cut each square as follows
Down the middle at 1 7/8
The left piece of the square was then rotated and cut in half again at 1 7/8
The right side of the square was cut into three pieces at 2 1/2 and then 1 1/4
That is all for today. I hope you enjoyed this tips for simple and fast card making and that they inspire you to be creative today!
I am participating in the following challenges:
Gem of a Craft Challenge: Anything Goes (Card 1)
Less is More: Anything Goes CAS (Card 2)
All Sorts Challenge: Anything Goes (Card 1)
Can You Handle the Pressure? Embossing Folder (optional floral) (Card 4)
Crafty Katz: Anything Goes (Card 5)
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes (Card 6)
My Time To Craft: Dry embossing (Card 3)