Linda’s 10 Minutes or Less
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Hi, it’s Linda here today to share with you one of the hardest challenges I have in card making—creating a card quickly, specifically a card that can be made in 10 minutes or less. Normally, I can take 20 minutes just to pick the paper colors!

The only way I could accomplish this goal was to put all thinking aside and just pick. Pick a stamp, pick colors, pick my card base and pick accents. This resulted in me selecting products that were sitting right in front of me. I had this pretty background stamp within reach so I pulled it out of the package and picked up two mini Distress ink pads. I quickly covered the entire stamp surface with green ink and then added accents with turquoise ink. After stamping the image onto watercolor paper, I gave it a little spritz of water which allowed the ink to run a bit. I was careful to not get it too wet since I didn’t have time to wait for it to dry.

I have lots of precut watercolor pieces on my desk, so I then reached for a scrap of green cardstock and some turquoise cardstock to use for matting and to create the card base.

The word “happy” had already been cut out of the green paper and that scrap was sitting on my desk so I cut that to size and backed it with white paper so the word would show up better. As I assembled the card, I attached the word piece with foam tape. I love to add dimension whenever I can as I think that adds interest.

Once this card was completed and photographed, I decided to take an additional five minutes to add a bit more interest with some dots using Liquid Pearls. This is a fast and easy way to add some elegance.

Well, that ended up being fun. Maybe you can give the idea a try.


Supplies used: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; watercolor paper from Strathmore Artist Papers; Fancy Flourishes background stamp from Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous; Distress mowed lawn and peacock feathers ink pads and Liquid Pearls from Ranger Industries Inc.; Happy Word die from Clearly Besotted Stamps; paper trimmer from Fiskars; Cuttlebug die-cutting machine from Cricut.

3 Responses to Linda’s 10 Minutes or Less

  1. You did a great job, Linda! I have the same problem of taking a long time to pick out the papers/stamps/colors I want to use. I especially like your use of the negative-space sentiment tag. I think that is something that would cut a lot of time.

  2. DawnL says:

    Nice, quick card and great way to use up the negative scrap!

  3. Great ideas! Love the pattern and colors!

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