Monday, February 22, 2010

Quick Cards by Laura

We all have those times when we just need a quick card to say, "Thinking of you". That is why I am so grateful for digital stamps and free images! We are lucky to have some amazing designer over at Cutters Creek Design Team Blog who create fantastic images like the one I used in this card which are often available free! What could be better than that??

Anyway, back to the card. We all run into times we need a quick card and digital images like these can be a real life saver. You print them out onto your card stock using your laser or ink jet printers. Before coloring them, be sure to quickly heat set the ink with your heat tool.

I like to keep a basket of scrap papers just for quick cards like these. The leftover scraps from scrapbook pages can be perfect for your cards. Why waste those beautiful papers? Reuse strips for wording and accents.

For this card I used a free digi image from Sher over at Cutters Creek. I colored it using my Copic Markers, and then I added a little bit of Diamond Stickles for the nose to give it a little pop. I hand lettered some leftover strips of card stock, and added more Diamond Stickles to the heart on my lettering.

For quick cards, I always have big stack of white card stock in 8.5" x 11" in my stash. That way I always have the perfect background. I cut my card stock in half and then folded it for my card base. I cut one piece of card stock at 4" x 5.25 inches for my background, so I could leave some white card stock showing. Next I cut another piece of coordinating card stock at 3.5" x 4.75 inches for layering. Then I cut another coordinating piece at approximately 3.0" by 2.25" and rounded the corners with my corner rounder. I chalked all of the edges using my Pebbles chalks.

I layered my card stocks onto my card base using my Glue Glider and then attached my colored digi stamp. I added my sentiment, and then my Skittles using my 3/16 Glue Dots.

In less than 20 minutes I had the perfect quick spring themed card ready to send to my friend to let her know I was thinking of her.

The products used in this project are available for purchase at Cutters Creek are:

Copic Sketch Markers ( 0 Colorless Blender, E42, E09, E70, E30, RV02, 100 and R01)
Stickles Glitter Glue - Diamond
Glue Glider
Glue Dots
Pebbles Chalks
Sher's Free Digi Image
Twinkle Jewels

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