Stretching What You Have

By | May 14, 2015

For Technique Thursday this week, I’m going to talk about ways you can work with the supplies you have to create cards for specific needs.  This week, I needed to make two religious cards for our neighbors.  Their sons, who are in high school and junior high, are celebrating their baptism and first communion.  I don’t have any religious stamps.  Additionally, upon looking through my stash of designer papers, the only appropriate papers I could find in “boy” colors were in a 4-1/2″ X 6-1/2″ paper stack, which also slightly limited what I could do.  I thought it would be helpful to show how I got around those constraints and completed my cards.

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First baptism and communion are big steps in life, so I wanted to create classy cards in boy colors.  Therefore, I decided to make monotone cards in neutral colors.

Since I didn’t have religious stamps, I thought maybe I could cut something out with my Silhouette Cameo E-Cutter.  I looked at the Silhouette online store and purchased a download of crosses for $0.99.  Then, I cut out the crosses in colors that would coordinate with the designer papers.  You can see the Sahara Sand crosses here, and a Whisper White and Basic Gray one on the second card below.

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I used sheets from the Moonlight Designer Paper Stack.  While most of the stack is colorful, it also includes these great neutrals.  Plus, I thought the geometric designs were good accents to the crosses.  Then, I embossed the Dotty Angles stamp in white for some visual interest.   The “congratulations” stamp came with the Everyday Occasions Card Kit.  That’s one of the great perks of that kit.  It comes with some awesome stamps!  Finally, I added a few Sahara Sand Candy Dots to the cross to really make it pop and draw the center of attention.

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For the inside of the card, I wanted to adhere a gift card envelope.  The only problem was that the paper was too small.  (You need a piece measuring 6″ X 6″.)

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So, I decided to cut the envelope in pieces out of two sheets of paper.  I left a little tab on the missing flaps so I could adhere them with SNAIL.

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Since I wanted to adhere the envelope on the inside of the card, I placed the tabs on the outside.

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Here’s my finished envelope.  You’d never know from this side that it was pieced together.

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Here’s my second card.  I again used my Silhouette Cameo E-Cutter to cut the crosses.  Both designer papers are from the Moonlight Designer Paper Stack.

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I embossed the Dotty Angle triangles in white, as well as the Everyday Occasions sentiment.

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Finally, I added a banner of White Jute Ribbon and some Basic Gray Candy Dots.

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Supplies used on my cards:

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I was really pleased with these cards!  I don’t think anyone would guess that I had to scramble for supplies.  In fact, I think situations like this are good, because they make me think outside the box for solutions.  Hope this helps you tackle similar challenges!

Tami Hewlett

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