Tuesday’s post introduced you to the idea that you don’t need a lot of supplies to make some really great cards. The Basic Tool Kit really does work and this post will show you how.

I made some cards using just a few supplies.

The first set of cards I used just Whisper White cardstock, one stamp set (Garden in Bloom), and 3 ink pads (Memento Black, Tempting Turquoise, and Melon Mambo).

I wanted my flowers to have a lighter color than the ink pad would produce with just stamping directly on the cardstock, so I used the “Stamping Off” technique. This is where you ink up your stamp and then stamp once on a scrap piece of paper and without re-inking, stamp your image on your card.

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The second set, very similar to the first, was made just using Whisper White cardstock, the same stamp set, but instead of ink pads, I used the Stampin’ Write Markers in the same colors, adding one more – Daffodil Delight.  I did still use the Memento Black ink for the outlines. The markers give the image a much bolder look.

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Another technique I used was masking, probably one of the first techniques I ever learned.

I measured out the opening I wanted for each card and place post-it notes ‘masking’ off the areas I did not want any ink on.

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I, then, stamped the images using the Memento ink over the masks.

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After coloring the images, the masks were removed leaving the a perfect lined image that looks random.

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I then stamped the sentiment in the empty space.

The finished result is a simple, but still beautiful card.

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I will try to make a video tutorial showing both the stamping off and the masking technique I used on these cards.

See, I wasn’t lying when I said you can make beautiful cards with limited supplies.

What do you think?

Until next time…keep on crafting!

Tammy