Very Merry Card with All-over Stamping Technique
You can’t go wrong with this one—not only is each card one-of-a-kind, you don’t have to be precise about placing your stamp. Just stamp everywhere! It’s a perfect project for kids.
By: Karen Greaves
Skill Level: Easy
What You Need
- navy cardstock cut to 5 ½” x 8 ½”
- strip of navy cardstock cut to 2 ¼” x ¾”
- strip of navy cardstock cut to 3 ½” x ¾”
- white cardstock cut to 4” x 5 ¼”
- a scrap of white cardstock large enough for the main greeting
- festive stamps
- blue and gray ink pads
- adhesive such as double-sided sticky tape
- scissors and ruler, or paper trimmer
What You Do
- Fold navy cardstock in half.
- First stamp images randomly on white card stock, using navy ink. By stamping two or three times between re-inking, you get increasingly lighter shades of the ink color.
- Repeat process with second stamp and gray ink.
- Stamp “Merry” and “Christmas” on a scrap of white cardstock. Trim to ½” wide. Glue to narrow blue strips.
- Glue white stamped background to navy card. Glue narrow blue “Merry Christmas” strips.
- Make four cards at once by stamping the random images on a full 8 ½” x 11” page. Cut into four pieces 4” x 5 ¼”.
- •Put a piece of scrap paper beneath the cardstock so you can stamp right off the page.
- Stick to two complementary shades, like blue and gray, red and orange, or purple and blue. If you use too many the card looks overly cluttered. Similarly, only use two different stamps.
- Experiment with different light-colored cardstock—most pastels would work nicely.
Quick switch If you want to make a gift card, just use a 2 1/2” square piece of cardstock. This style would also make a good bookmark.
You can easily create this card for a different occasion just by changing the stamp phrase. Instead of a rectangle of white card stock, try a heart, star, initial or other shape. Use a cookie cutter as a guide.