Today’s simple Sunday card is so quick and easy to create. If the chipmunk from the Field Journal Stamp Set isn’t your thing, think of this as a template. Chose a favourite image and sentiment and create your own version.
Before I got into stamping using the Field Journal Stamp Set, I first created that abstract background. I couldn’t find what I wanted in my stash of Designer Series Paper (DSP) so I decided to make my own.
I took a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card and a Just Jade ink pad. After opening up the pad I simply dragged it across the surface of the card a number of times. The beauty of this technique is that every one is different. You can use any colour of card or ink pad. What’s more if you don’t like your first attempt, flip the card over and try again on the other side.
Although this is a simple technique that needs no special tools, I created a quick video so you can see it in action.
With the background done, I then prepared the rest of the card pieces for my project.
First using my Paper Trimmer I cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Next I placed the card on the trimmer with the long side at the top and used the scoring blade to score line at 4-1/4″. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base.
Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the ink swiped background onto a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Cinnamon Cider Card. Then I fix the assembled layers onto the front of my card base.
Before I could stamp I needed to cut a few more pieces of card. Once done I had a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla Card for my main image. I also had a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card for the inside of the card base. Finally I had a 2-3/8″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Cinnamon Cider Card to go under my sentiment and image.
I began my stamping with the Just Jade ink pad and the small piece of Very Vanilla Card. First I needed to place the sentiment. So at the bottom of the card I stamped “A little kindness makes a big difference”.
Then I was able to stamp the chipmunk image so his tail fitted nicely on the left of the words. Keeping to my simple colour scheme I stamped the chipmunk using Cinnamon Cider ink.
Using liquid glue I fixed the sentiment to the small Cinnamon Cider piece of card. Then I attached the layers to the centre of the ink swiped background on my card base.
Going back to the chipmunk image I then stamped him in the bottom left corner on the last piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I fixed the cared inside the card base.
Finally I stamped the chipmunk in the bottom left corner on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
I’m really pleased with how this project turned out. The custom-made background is interesting but doesn’t distract from the simple image and sentiment. I must remember to use the ink swipe technique more often.