Hello!  For today’s post, I would like to share how to create four different style cards using just one stamp image.  This is a great way to give a fresh new style to your mass card production and extend the life of your stamp.  Compensated affiliate links used (at no additional cost to you).

    My cards feature a super cute Penny Black ‘Baby Hammock’ wood mount rubber stamp that is as old as my son (who is 8) and it is one of my favorite to use on young kids’ cards.  These cards are made for the little heart patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, part of my passion Cards for Little Hearts card drive project.  Both hospitals located right here in beautiful Ohio.

    1. Simply Trim The Card Panel

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    The easiest and quickest way to change the look of your cards is simply by trimming the card panel to a smaller size than your card.  On both of these cards, the layout is exactly the same.  But they look like two different cards because of how I trim the card panel. 

    Card on the left I trimmed about 1/4-inch off the bottom of the card panel, exposing a stripe of the peppermint card front underneath.  Card on the right, I trimmed 1/4-inch off from both side of the card panel instead.

    How To Make These Cards

    Supplies

    Instruction

    1. Create an A2 (4-1/4″x5-1/2″) size card base on pepperiment cardstock.
    2. On white (Neenah) cardstock, stamp on Baby Hammock and color.
    3. Adhere a small piece of double sided adhesive sheet to one side of black (Licorice Twist) cardstock.  Place the Love die on the non-adhesive side and die cut it out.  Adhere below the image.
    4. On a stripe of pepperiment cardstock, first remove the static cling by dusting it with the embossing magic bag.  This will keep the embossing powder sticking only onto the embossing ink.
    5. Stamp on Sending You and heat embossed it in white.  Adhere the stripe above the Love die cut.
    6. Trim the card panel and adhere to card front.

    2. Add Style To Card Panel With Border Dies

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    Border dies are so versatile and can add a beautiful and fun styling to a card.  On this card, I used the MFT Stitched Cloud Edges to create this fun design for the card panel.

    How To Make This Card

    Supplies

    Instruction

    1. Create an A2 (4-1/4″x5-1/2″) size card base on green (Easter Grass) cardstock.
    2. Cut out an A2 size card panel on white (Neenah) cardstock.  Stamp on Baby Hammock and color.
    3. Stamp on the Thinking of You sentiment below the image.
    4. Die cut out the top & bottom of the card panel with the stitched cloud edge.
    5. Adhere card panel to card front with foam tape.

    3. Add A Background Using Die Cut

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    Sometimes all you need to change the style of a card is simply by adding in some background and die cuts make it easy and simple to achieve that.  On this card, I used the Memory Box Praire Grass die to complete this tranquil scene. 

    How To Make This Card

    Supplies

    Instruction

    1. Create an A2 (4-1/4″x5-1/2″) size card base on white (Neenah) cardstock.
    2. On green (Easter Grass) cardstock, die cut out the prairie grass and adhere to the card front’s lower half.
    3. On white (Neenah) cardstock, stamp on Baby Hammock and color.  Then fuzzy cut and adhere over the prairie grass with foam squares.
    4. Stamp the Thinking of You sentiment on the grass.

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