In an ideal world, spending time with friends and family would always be easy. But in the real world, hectic schedules and simple geography often make it difficult. When it does, sending handmade hello cards to your loved ones can help bridge some of the distance!
Today I’ve used the Oh So Eclectic stamp set to make a fun hello card for one of my friends who lives in another state.
Even though my friend and I don’t connect often in person, she’s always in my heart. What better way to remind her of that than with a handmade card?
How I Made This Card
The inspiration for my Oh So Eclectic hello card was sketch # 438 from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I love the way that top cardstock layer makes a dramatic side entrance onto the card!
TIP: Tuesday Morning Sketches is a papercraft challenge blog. Every week, they share a new card layout for stampers to work with, along with a drawing for a fun stamping prize!
Colors & Papers
Because the lines of this sketch are so striking, I wanted equally striking colors and papers for this card. The Sweet Soirée Memories & More Card Pack gave me just what I needed.
TIP: Although the Sweet Soirée Memories & More Card Pack was designed for pocket scrapbooking, its pre-cut cards also double perfectly as background paper!
From this pack, I picked a high-contrast floral paper, and these coordinating colors:
Stamping & Card Assembly
First, I backed the whole floral paper with some Pink Pirouette cardstock. Then I laid it at an angle on a Daffodil Delight standard card base. When I was happy with the placement, I attached this layer to the card base with SNAIL adhesive. Then, using the flaps of the card base as a guide, I trimmed away the excess paper.
Since my background paper had an eclectic feel to it, the Oh So Eclectic stamp set seemed the perfect match. Oh So Eclectic is a ‘two-step’ stamp set, with multiple stamps you can layer together to create more colorful, detailed images.
To make the flowers, I stamped both bases in Daffodil Delight ink on Whisper White cardstock. Then I overstamped the detail layers in Rich Razzleberry. For the leaf sprig, I just stamped the base layer in Old Olive.
TIP: Most of the time, ‘eyeballing’ placement of the base and detail layers works pretty well with two-step stamps. However, if you prefer perfect alignment, use a stamp positioner like the Stamp-a-Ma-jig instead.
I cut out all of the images with the coordinating dies, then clustered them together in a nice grouping on the patterned paper. Then I attached the leaf sprig and lower flower with SNAIL adhesive, and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the upper flower.
Here’s how I made the sentiment piece:
- Stamped ‘Oh hello friend’ in Rich Razzleberry ink on Whisper White cardstock
- Punched the sentiment out with the 1-inch Circle Punch
- Backed it with a 1-1/4-inch punched circle of Pink Pirouette cardstock
- Punched an Old Olive label using the Pretty Label Punch
- Attached the backed sentiment to the label with Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write™ marker to add a ring of accent dots to the pink cardstock layer
Finally, since that one dramatic layer seems to point there, I attached the sentiment with SNAIL adhesive to the lower right corner of the card.
Want to Make This Card?
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