Monday, December 9, 2013

Simple cards with hand- carved stamped images

Hey, Peeps. This is just a quick post today, featuring my latest cards. I don't know about you, but sometimes it takes me FOREVER to make a card. I sit at my craft table and obsess about the Perfect Design. Then it takes me SO LONG to make my embellies, because I really get a kick out of making them myself.
Well, these cards are a departure for me. I decided to keep them simple, partly because they're thank you notes that are WAY overdue. 

In this one, I used a linen flower, cut with my Sizzix die. The panel is made by stamping with my hand-carved key stamp, and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I tied it with a little vintage ribbon. I lined up my "thanks" letters (which pretty much are permanent on my acrylic block because I like the look and I'd never be able to line them up straight again) and stamped. I inked the edges, and that's it, Folks. Sometimes simplicity is better.

This one is a similar design, with a little bling in the center.

I did decide to do something a little different with these, however. Many friends have told me that it's a shame that my cards can't be used again. Well, now they can. I used a little hand-carved stamp design in the inside of this one, but then I inserted my note. That way, my friends can keep the note, but send the card to someone else. I am thrilled that they can recycle these. Why didn't I think of this before???

Here's one of the note inserts.

Here's the other one.

And, that's it. Sweet and simple. And, around the holidays, that works for me.

Thanks again for looking.

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