Monday, July 30, 2012

3x3 Card Set

I have been wanting to make some little card sets for a while to use basically when you need a quick card to put with a gift.  I saw some in the new Stampin' UP! Catalog and that was the "push" I needed to get on with it and make some!  You could do these with whatever type of stamp you wanted.  I chose to do them in two different ways today to show you two different ways to "color" the stamps.

The first set (fruit set) are colored different colors with the stamp pad used or with markers and then stamped onto the white.  This takes a little time and patience but the outcome is obviously very cute! 

The second set (the "nature" set) is a variety of stamps that were originally stamped in brown ink and then colored in with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  This is a fun technique that I am still not great at, but it turns out very cute when done right!  :)  I especially like the tree stamp!  I may do a whole set with that stamp alone! 

The envelopes were cut out using the Cricut Beyond Birthdays Cartridge at 4 1/4.  It comes out to be a perfect size for the 3x3 cards.  I did do something a little new for me and that is I lined the envelopes and made them that much more cute!  It only takes a couple extra minutes to do that and it adds much more character.  Also, as a side note, these little 3x3 cards it perfectly into the little magazine holder that I showed you in a tutorial back a couple of months ago.  You can see that tutorial HERE on my blog as well as Beth's blog (where I saw the idea) HERE.

You could make these with any stamp.  The good thing about them is that they are quick and easy and you can make them to your liking.  I thought you could stamp babys on them, girl or boy themed stamps, demask stamps...etc....the list could go on and on.  Make them to fit your needs.  If you give a lot of gifts to kids, make them fit that need.  Keep a stash so that when you need that quick card, you can always go grab one in a flash!

Be creative and remember, it is always homemade!


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