Friday, November 6, 2015
An easy to color digital stamp with impressive results and a button birthday card idea
This is a card for my mother's birthday. Postal rate calculations have changed in France in 2015 and anything over 3cm in thickness is extremely expensive to mail, not to mention I have to fill out a very long customs form to accompany it. As a consequence, my cards and gifts have gotten flatter. Lucky for me my mother likes a certain type of Swiss chocolate (the brand is Merci in case you're curious) that comes in relatively flat boxes. I can send this chocolate and a card (if I go easy on the embellishments) and still come in at under 3cm. You can see looking at this card, the style is definitely different than my favorite Christmas card from last year.
This card uses the digi sw flower stamp from Little Claire. This is an easy stamp to color and is the perfect digistamp for beginners. You really don't need any shading on this stamp to have impressive results. I shaded a bit on the greenery, but you don't have to.
I debated whether to add the buttons – after I'd colored the stamp it was very pretty without them – but in the end I liked the colorful, homespun look they gave it. I wanted to have the stamp large enough for the buttons, and room enough inside for a personal note to my mother, so I went with an A5 size card, bigger than I normally use. The Happy Birthday sentiment was created with the font Birch Std.
Paper – cardstock
Digital stamp – Little Claire digi sw flower stamp
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments – buttons
Font – Birch Std
I'm linking up with: Crafting with an Attitude #9 – Anything Goes, Crafty Girls Creations #8 – Anything Goes, Addicted to Stamps #169 – Clean and Simple, Crafting by Designs Nov. – Anything Goes, Crafty Creations #301 – Colorful, 613 Avenue Create #148 – Anything Goes, and A Monthly Challenge #1 – Take Flight (however you interpret that).