Christmas, General Cards, Seasonal - Winter, Stampin' Up!

Simplicity At It’s Best

The big trend these days seems to be simplifying your lives.  Getting rid of the excess and clutter in your home, office….wherever you may be.  Card making can be the same way!

I’ve never been a big fan of cards that have lots of “stuff” — like layers upon layers of foo-foo and lace and ribbons and flowers and whatever else can be heaped upon the face of a card.  I guess they can be pretty in their own way, but my one thought is…..how do you fit that into an envelope?  And what happens when it goes through the machines at the Post Office? Is the card going to be mangled before it even gets to the recipient?  Now, don’t get me wrong….I love a good bow on a card, small embellishment etc and I like to fill in the “void” of the white space with a pieces of Designer Series Paper.   And I’ve never liked the “stark white” cards either until now.

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When I was making this card, I thought…it’s too plain….too simple…maybe I should add some ribbon or Sequins….or anything!   But once it was finished, I just fell in love with it!  A plain colored cardstock….3 quick stamps….a wreath, a bow and a sentiment…and boom!  I was done!  well, not quite….I did take a Real Red Stampin’ Blends marker and make little dots (holly berries!), just to give it a little more color.

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And honestly, it doesn’t need anything else.  No extra ribbons, no sequins, no extra layers of cardstock, no little trinkets to hang on the wreath.  It’s perfect just the way it is….a simple greeting.

This is the stamp set I used – Wishing You Well.  You can see that there are several little greetings that can be used for just about any occasion.

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If you need a simple card and would like to make this one, this is what you’ll need:

  • Wishing You Well Stamp Set
  • Garden Green Cardstock – Cut 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”; Scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock  – Cut  two pieces – 5 1/4” x 4” (One for the inside, one for the outside), plus a small piece to stamp the bow (fussy cut this….don’t forget to leave a little “white”—don’t cut on the lines!)
  • Ink: Garden Green and Real Red
  • Real Red Dark Stampin’ Blends Marker
  • Stamping Dimensionals (bow) and Snail Adhesive

I hope you’ll make this card….it’s great if you have a lot of Christmas cards to make because it’s so simple and doesn’t require tons of skill to make.  Most likely what matters to the recipient of this card is not how much is ON the card, but how much love went INTO actually making the card.  The fact that you took the time out of your busy day to sit and stamp a simple greeting and put it in the mail.

Happy Stamping!
Patricia


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