Friday, March 16, 2007

Limited Supplies

I don't know about you, but I have the kind of personality George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley sang about back in the 80's (am I dating myself here? Probably!). You know: "everything she wants is everything she sees"! At least that's true when it comes to stamping supplies. Unfortunately, since I don't have unlimited funds, I can't always have everything I want at the moment I want it. That's why I sometimes enjoy a reminder that very attractive projects can be accomplished with just a few supplies.

For example, this card uses only two colors of card stock -- shimmery white and brushed silver -- and one type of ink -- versamark. It also only uses one stamp set -- sincere salutations. In fact, you might notice that it doesn't have any layers, background stamps, or even images. The decoration comes purely from the detail silver hear embossing on the sentiment and the multi-layered flowers created with the spring bouquet punch and brads attached to a strip of wide organdy ribbon. there are no elaborate bows or techniques and very little color, but the simple elegance of the card speaks for itself. I think it would make a lovely wedding or anniversary card.

This card is far more colorful and it uses more card stock: whisper white, basic black, green galore, only orange and yo yo yellow, but it still keeps to only one type of ink -- versamark. The colors on the main image are applied using versamark ink and stampin' pastels. Because the Stampin' Up! stampin' pastels include all 48 colors from our 4 color families, they coordinate perfectly with our card stock. And at a price of only $24.95, they're by far the most economical way for a stamper to get all of the 48 colors. On this particular card the technique I used is stampin' pastels. the image created with stampin' pastels is slightly softer than an image created with inks, but the effects created by mixing and blending the pastels can be quite spectacular! Hope you like this bright, sunny card, as it will be one of the cards we'll be making at the stampin pastels class on March 27th.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I agree... there's just something so appealing about a simply executed card. I guess it's the "less is more" principle.

These cards are just lovely!