Hello!  It’s Jill here with quick and simple cards using limited supplies.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I just don’t have the time to make a glorious one of a kind card creation.  Sometimes, it’s all about the message inside of the card that is handwritten and personal to the recipient.  With this thought in mind, I wanted to create two different styles of cards using the same basic supplies and see what I could create.  I’ll be totally honest, with the holidays and company at the house my time was limited.

Here are the supplies I used for this card:

  • The Hedgehog Hollow December Kit
  • White cardstock for my card base
  • Various colored cardstock of your choice
  • Embossing powder
  • Embossing ink
  • Heat tool and anti-static powder tool
  • Basic shape dies
  • Adhesive
  • If you have foam tape or a white gel pen in your stash, then grab that too.

I picked one of the lovely heart tree images from the December Kit as my main image.  It’s large and bold enough to stand out on a card front.  I embossed the image in white on the red card stock.  I stamped the image twice and embossed it twice.  This allowed the image to smooth out and stand out even more from the cardstock.  Then I cut the image out using a circle die.

Since I used a stamp positioning tool to stamp my heart tree image, I just swapped out the red cardstock for the navy cardstock and stamped the tree in the same way.  One of my favorite combinations is copper on navy cardstock.  It’s something very timeless to me about it and very masculine too.

This time instead of cutting out the tree using a circle die, I used a stitched rectangle frame. I stamped the sentiment directly on the navy panel after I die cut it.  I could have stamped both images at the same time as the tree, but as I was creating, I wasn’t sure which sentiment I wanted on which card.

For the sentiment for the red and white card, I did step it up a bit and die cut the sentiment out using my Silhouette Cameo 3 PixScan Mat.  The sentiment would look just as pretty stamped and embossed directly on the card base.

I kept the navy and copper card super simple by adhering the panel directly to the white card base.  For the red and white card, I added white gel pen dots around the outer edge of the circle and then used foam tape to pop it up slightly.

  • Pro Tip for adding dots evenly around a circle – Look at that circle as a clock.  Add dots at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.  Then add dots at 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, and 10:30.  Then fill the rest in.  You’ll have pretty evenly spaced dots.

I think both cards took about 30 minutes from start to finish.  This kind of simple card is great for your kiddos to make for their friends or even quick cards to drop in the mail for your friends to remind them that you care.  The best part of these simple cards?  The handwritten message on the inside!