Get Inspiration From A Store-Bought Card

Have you ever walked down the card aisle at your local store and thought to yourself, "I could make that card…and it wouldn't cost me $4!"  I love getting fresh, new ideas for cards, courtesy of Hallmark, without the Hallmark prices!

A while back, I challenged my Stamp Club members to create their own version of a store-bought card they received or purchased.  Here was the example that I created to show them:

Birthday Wish Retail Card   
Birthday Wishes My Take 

I received the first card for my birthday last year and used the basic design and color palette to make a similar card.  

Card How-Tos

The trick to this card was going to be how to get light-colored flowers on a colored background.  One option would be to stamp with White Craft Ink and use Stampin' Pastels to color in the flowers and stems.  But, I wanted to try something a little different.

I colored an old floral stamp from the retired Garden Silhouettes set with markers, using no ink where I wanted the white flowers to be.  Then, I stamped that onto Glossy White Card Stock.

Next, I inked the same stamp with VersaMark and, with the help of the handy Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for perfect alignment, I stamped directly over the same images. 

After Clear Embossing these images, I brayered on Gable Green Classic Ink (retiring)—the embossing over the image resists the ink, so the flowers show through. 

Card Details:  Card layers are made from the retiring Glorious Green and Gable Green card stock.  I used Garden Green, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose and Summer Sun (all retiring) markers to color the flowers.  "Birthday Wishes" sentiment is from the Sincere Salutations
set. Regal Rose 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon to accent.

My Computer Issues Are Resolved!

Finally, after a week without the ability to scan or upload photos of my projects, I'm back in business!  Woohoo!  Look for some new projects on tomorrow's post!  


1 thought on “Get Inspiration From A Store-Bought Card”

  1. I like your card much better than the store card! I love the challenge idea for club members … may have to steal that one 🙂


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