A Subtle Touch
22 Wed, 2010 § 5 Comments
Apparently if you have aspirations of becoming a successful bank robber, move to Arizona. On the two month anniversary of our AZ move, the second bank [since we moved here] was robbed. I did not know you actually could still rob a bank! Does this happen where you live?
It was sort of fitting — tragic, yet fitting — that someone had broken into the Chase bank while I was across the street at Michael’s tediously trying to create simple, pretty cards with a personal touch that would not break our own bank.
I like making my own cards, but anyone who has ever scrapbooked, knows paper & embellishments add up quickly. I spent hours debating over a couple different card-making routes I could take. [Seriously. Picking out paper & crafts is like Christmas for me though.] I thought I had narrowed it down — & wasn’t 100% happy with either — when I stumbled across this idea while perusing the close-out bins. Ok, so they are the $1 bins, which I was hesitant to tell you; but these still turned out pretty cute regardless of the price tag.
I fell in love with the whimsical birds & trees. All I needed was to start with a cute card, add a 3D “Happy Holiday” sticker & stamp the inside to dress it up a touch. It is still pretty simple, but I was going for simple. I usually think less is more.
Did you know that stamps are expensive? Did I tell you I also nabbed this for $1? Depending on the ink & embellishment powder, these could be spring leaves…or summer leaves…or fall leaves…or festive gold leaves.
Perfect for every season. This was a point I really liked; because even though I loved a couple holiday stamps, they were at least 4 — if not 8 or 12 — times the price & could only be used for Christmas.
I had never used embellishing powder [a.k.a. glitter] before & thought this little set [also $1] was the perfect chance to try it out. Super easy: just make a stamp using the ink pad, immediately sprinkle glitter over the entire image, then gently shake/tip the glitter off & back into the jar. It is “messy” — I’m sure I still have glitter hiding in my hair & will probably be wiping it from the kitchen counter until July, but I like the way it turned out. I just don’t know if any of the glitter will actually survive the mailing process…here’s hoping.
I do not think this is some brilliant craft. I just wanted to show you how simple it is to add a little something extra to a store-bought card…& it doesn’t have to cost a lot either if you are willing to hunt a bit. 😉 Ribbon or buttons are often a nice touch too.
p.s. I am the queen of upcycling cards to create new cards — I don’t know if Dave thinks it is funny, cute or weird — but I just hate waste & have fun trying to be creative & thrifty. Most of our gift tags this year were from cute cards I got for my birthday. You can’t even tell. I’ll show you next time it happens.
Do you ever make your own cards? I would love ideas!