With the weekend ahead and fall in full swing (finally!), I have a super simple and yet gorgeous (I think) card to share with you today. And the best part: you only need one single stamp set 🙂
I am using the “Say It Don’t Spray It” set by The Alley Way Stamps, which is actually more of a sentiment set, but it has some tiny leaves and florals at the bottom. At first, I didn’t even notice those stamps, but today they’ll be the stars of the show:
Since I am really stuck on being precise and stuff (yes, I am that German) I used a compass to draw my circle, but of course you can also use a circle die and trace around it. The effect is the same; the reason I grabbed the compass was that it allows me to adjust the size of the circle to whatever I need.
Since I knew I would be using pigment inks as well as dye inks, I erased some of it before I even started stamping so I wouldn’t smudge the ink afterwards. If you do it just right, you can still see a faint line and work with that.
Speaking of inks: for this card, I am using Bazzill Marshmallow heavy white card stock. I love the weight and the feel (which is why I import it for indecent money from the UK), but I found that inks that seep into the paper and smooth out (Hero Arts shadow inks, SSS dye inks, etc.) tend to feather too much for my taste. You no longer have the crisp stamped edge, but it’s a little blurry. You can combat that by either using pigment inks (since they sit on top of the paper) or dye inks with a different formula, like the Altenew inks. I have found that the latter feather almost not at all on this nice card stock.
Of course I was tempted to add some more flourish to the card in terms of embellishment and dimension, and it took a bit of discipline to not do that. Actually, the fact that I finally noticed just how much more it costs me to send dimensional cards, might have helped, too.
Dots don’t cost anything, though, and to stay in the fall theme I used my golden pigment gel pen this time. And then a silver gelly roll on the arrows on the sentiment, just for a tiny bit of shimmer.
Overall, I am happy with how the card turned out. It’s just the perfect shade of “autumn”. And if you, like me, have trouble selecting proper color combinations, check out Pinterest. That’s where I found the colors I used on this card and I think it turned out rather well.
Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll see you again soon!
I’m also sending this card off to the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp “No Designer Paper”.