ink stamps paper and accessories

One of my first paper crafting lessons included the rule of thumb that ink, stamps, paper and accessories make a great card.  When I’m looking at a project and ask myself that question many of you have asked “what’s missing?” or “too much or not enough”; I go back to this rule.  If I can check all four boxes I stop.   If not I just add what will get me to that point.  This is not to say that many beautiful cards can be created with only two or three of these elements, but as a go-to-safety-zone this rule works.

For this card my focal stamping uses the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Part of My Story.  Card makers love to find sets that have a great variety of phrases that you can use for lots of people – this set fills this need.

For my inks and paper I stuck to one of my new favorite colors – Highland Heather.  You can’t go wrong creating a monochromatic card.  When you make the decision to make a monochromatic card it’s like you can breathe a sigh of relief that you don’t need to decide “which yellow goes with that?” or “I can see a bright green or a subtle green – which should I pick?”

Sticking with a monochromatic card made choosing my accessories a breeze.  I had a few choices in the gorgeous color and just decided to combine them.   I love the little flower sequins (especially since they have glue dots on the back – easy peasy!) And the organdy Sale-a-Bration combo pack of ribbon also includes Highland Heather.

ink stamps paper and accessories

If you’d like to recreate the layout of this card, here are the dimensions:

  1. Card base –   4 1/4″ by 11″
  2. Middle Layer –  4″ by 5 1/4″
  3. Top (Paper) Layer – 3″ by 4 1/4″
  4. Greeting Layer – 2 3/4″ by 1 1/2″

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