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!

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§ 5 Responses to A Subtle Touch

  • Julia says:

    Those are soo cute! We dropped the ball in the Christmas card department this year.
    I also love that you found a way to do the cards on a budget (that was probably another reason the ball got dropped oops).

  • Natalie says:

    So beautiful! I have made my cards in the past, but it’s been a while. It always makes me feel so crafty. I love the stamp and glitter idea, brilliant.

    Plus, a little glitter in the hair never hurt anyone. It always reminds me of the tooth fairy because she used to leave glitter all over the window sill when she took our teeth as little girls!

  • Allie says:

    Thanks ladies! Hope you’re enjoying the holidays!! 🙂

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