Like many of you, my time is limited, so I often find little shortcuts to make a project go quicker. Creating cards does not have to be complicated and you probably already have some supplies in your scrapbooking collection that you can use. Today, I am going to share a few simple ways to save time with stickers, dies, stencils, and paper phrases on two spring card designs.
Stenciling images is a quick way to construct a background for your cards. The leaf patterns were created using the same blending techniques, but the color palette and finishing techniques made each design unique and you can modify it to your colors of choice.
To save time, you can stencil an entire sheet of cardstock, and cut it down into multiple card bases. If you want to add to the design, you can trace the image with a gel pen or fine-tip black marker, or splatter it with water.
You can also save yourself a little time by utilizing your dies in unique ways. The banner piece for this card was created using a tag die. Employing tag dies for borders, sentiments, banners, and backgrounds is a great way to use those shapes on your cardmaking projects.
Not only do dies and stencils make the project come together quickly, but so do stickers and paper phrases. I tend to have a plethora of floral bits in my collection, and being able to use them on cards saves me time. I don’t have to stamp, color, cut, or fuss with dies.
Preprinted phrases are also a wonderful timesaver. These PaperSnips from Bramble Fox are great little additions to cards and they come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Take some time to dig through your die-cut collection when you are creating a card. These pockets can be filled with all sorts of ephemera bits layered together.
In today’s video, I share some techniques to help you create these lovely leaf backgrounds and show you how easily these cards come together.
The two cards were created using items in my craft room, and they did not take much time to assemble. Even if you are not a card maker, these techniques are ones that could be used on any of your scrapbook pages, planners, or journals.
I hope today’s project inspired you to try something new. If you have any questions about the project or supplies used, feel free to leave me a comment.
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