22 September 2011

Halloweenie Trio

Today I shared a fun, quick, and super easy way to get a whole bunch of cards done at once over on the Skipping Stones Design blog, and I thought I'd share it here, too!

I'm a mom of two young kids - one in first grade and one who is 16 months old. Between the two of them, I'm super busy, and I love any way I can think of to create quickly. My daughter loves handmade goodies for her classmates, so I wanted to get a head start on small notes to put in with everyone's Halloween treat bag. The featured set this month, Happy Hallweenie, is perfect for this!

Here are the basic supplies I used:
  • two sheets 8 1/2" x 11" card stock (black)
  • one sheet white card stock (white)
  • Happy Halloweenie stamp set
  • Copics
  • various inks (note: I did not end up using all of the distress inks pictured above)
  • paper cutter
  • scoring tool (here, my Scor Buddy)
  • not pictured: ruler, post-it notes
You can adapt this for all sorts of cards - birthday invites, thank you notes, holiday cards, gift enclosures...anything, really!

I started by cutting my black card stock into three pieces, each 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", and then scoring them at the 4 1/4" mark and folding them to create the card bases. Next I cut the white card stock into three 4" squares.  I decided to do three different styles to share here today, but you could just as easily make all of them the same. On one square I used post it notes to create a vertical space to stamp, on another square I used post-it notes to mask off a diagonal space to stamp, and on the third piece of card stock I randomly stamped all over the whole thing.

There really is no right or wrong way to do this - just sketch out an idea in your mind of what you want your cards to look like. My entire goal was to be quick and simple; these cards are for six and seven year olds, who will realistically be more interested in the candy that's with them! I chose to stick with one layer, and an image that is easy to color.  On tip - color your images before removing the post it notes (just trust me on this!).

You can see my three finished cards above, each one a little different.   On the card with the vertical candy corns, I used a ruler to help me draw a light gray line on either side, to mimic a card stock panel underneath.  On the card with the diagonal strip of candy corn, I used my Scor-Buddy to make score lines on either side of the candy to set it off a bit.  And on the card with the entire piece stamped with candy corn, I just added my sentiment right in the middle of things. 

And there you have it - three cards in just about twenty minutes!  Now I just need to make the other thirteen for her classmates!

Stamps: Happy Halloweenie )Skipping Stones Design)
Card Stock: Black (Recollections), White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Wild Honeysuckle, Spiced Marmalade (Ranger)
Coloring Medium: Copics (Y00, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR04, YR02, C00, C2)
Tools: post it notes, ruler, scor-buddy


Karen B. said...

Great tips and great cards~

Wendy said...

These are great tips Taylor!! Thanks for a fantastic tutorial!!!

jo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

What a great idea! I'm going to have to try it out! :)

Katie Gehring said...

I love that candy corn image too! These cards are great and you shared some awesome tips for the mass production!