Cards always look better in sets. It is a fact. You can take a card that you like and add it to a collection of similar cards and the WOW factor goes up. As you know, the new Stampin Up 2015 Annual Catalog recently came out and I have been eyeing a few stamp sets. The stamp set From Land to Sea has been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks now and I haven’t had a chance to play with it. I have been so preoccupied with things going on at home (the Hubs is running for State office in Virginia. You can check it out here: www.brandonwaltrip.com or our FB page here: BrandonWaltrip) that I haven’t devoted any time to crafting. Last night after everyone was in bed, I went to my craft cove. I grabbed the Land to Sea stamps and came up with a simple, easy to reproduce card that could be made assembly line for the hundreds of Thank You cards I will be needing in the near future to send out to donors, customers, and friends who have been an invaluable help to us.
Here is what I came up with- a 2″ x 4 ” Soft Sky sponged block with the images stamped in Early Espresso stamped images. I used one of each large image from the stamp set and added a Thank You sentiment from One Big Meaning. (The supply list is below for your convenience).
Tips for sponging: I took a piece of black scrap card stock that measured 3″ X 5″ and measured in 1/2″ on each side and cut out the center to form the negative space that I would sponge. I started with the 3″ side along the top of my Stampin Trimmer. I started the blade at 1/2″ and cut down to 4 1/2″ and stopped. I then flipped the card stock over to its back and repeated. You will have two vertical lines. Turn the card stock 90 degrees so that the 5″ side is along the top of your trimmer and connect the two cut lines which start 1/2″ from the top. Flip the card stock to its back and connect the remaining two lines. This gives you a sturdy template to sponge within on each card.
And finally here is the entire set, because again, card sets are amazing! How beautiful did these turn out?!? The simplicity of this card makes it easy to duplicate and because it is a single layer, it goes even faster.
Tips for making a set: Score all Whisper White paper at 5 1/2″, then cut all pieces at 4 1/4″ first. Then sponge each card front (I did 20 at once) and set them in a pile. After you have sponged every card, stamp the image on each card (I started with 4 of each image, i.e. stamp four turtles, stamp four jellyfish, etc.). Lastly, stamp the sentiment on each card. Ta-Da! You’re finished.
I know I would love to be on the receiving end of one of these handmade cards. Would you!? Comment below for a chance to win a set of these beauties.
As promised, here is the supply list.