When was the last time you created some handmade cards? Whether it’s for a special occasion or “just because” you can always brighten someone’s day by sending them a little bit of handmade goodness in the mail! It’s also the perfect way to use up bits and pieces from your stash, as well as being a great opportunity to play and experiment with your stamps. Today I have three fun card ideas to share with you featuring the beautiful Krystal Kit.
To make each of my plain white card bases, I cut some Essentials White Cardstock to 8” x 6” then folded them in half to make the 4” x 6” cards. I was then ready to create my card fronts to attach to each one.
For this first card I was keen to play around with the sweet vase, stems and flower stamps in the Krystal Stamp Set.
On some scrap cardstock I stamped the vase in grey, then added the tiny heart stamp with same colour before cutting the vase out ready to use. I also used the scrap cardstock to stamp three small pink flowers, then stamped the tiny dots in the centre using black ink. These were also fussy cut.
I then cut a piece of cardstock to 3” x 6”. I stamped the larger branch in an olive coloured ink, then layered the smaller branch on top in three different places using a lighter sage coloured ink. I added the vase and flowers using foam dots to add some dimension.
At the top I stamped the word “hello” from the Jenny Stamp Set, then added the word “friend” which I typed onto some cardstock using my typewriter. I added machine stitching then adhered the finished piece to the front of a card base along with a strip of the Krystal Paper Pack packaging tucked under each side.
For this next card front I knew I wanted to use a fussy cut flower from the beautiful “Floral” paper from the Krystal Kit. I also cut a couple of extra leaves from the paper to tuck under the edges.
I cut a piece of “Dotty Diagonal” paper to 4”x 6” and the “Wood” paper to 4” x 2” then stitched around the edge of each. Next, I used the Sarah Die Set to cut the word “happy” from black and white cardstock and layered them together. I had the idea to have the word hanging from the wood paper so I punched two holes in each then attached them together with two lengths of white twine from my stash.
I added the “Wood” paper and “happy” word to the “Dotty Diagonal” piece with foam dots to add dimension, then layered the fussy cut flower and leaves at the top with more foam adhesive. I typed the words “birthday to you” onto white cardstock using my typewriter, added it to the “happy word, then arranged three tiny fussy cut flowers to finish off the card front. The finished piece was then adhered to card base.
For the third card I wanted to use one of the super cute house stamps from the Krystal Stamp Set.
I used a pale grey ink to stamp the house onto some white cardstock, stamped the windowsill in a darker grey, then stamped the little plants using an olive coloured ink. At the top of the house I added the tiny heart stamp in the darker grey. I love how it turned out! I cut the house out ready to use on my card front.
I cut the pink “Gingham” paper to 4” x 6” for the background and stitched around the edge. I cut a tag shape approximately 3” x 4” from white cardstock and added a strip of “Wood” paper across the bottom. I also cut a reinforcer piece from the “Wood” paper for the top of the tag using the Shay Tag Builder Metal Die Set.
I stitched around the tag and added some twine to the hole then stamped the “HOME” stamp at the bottom with black ink. The stamped house was added to the tag with foam adhesive and some messy thread tucked underneath for some added texture. I added the tag to the gingham paper with more foam adhesive then attached the finished card front to a white card base.
I loved putting these cards together and I hope I’ve inspired you to get busy creating some cards too!
Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today…and happy cardmaking!