I was having a conversation recently with a card making friend who confessed to me while she absolutely loves making cards, she loathes stamping and generally tries to avoid it. I was shocked! I thought all card makers loved stamping, but I was clearly mistaken. LOL
I’ve given our conversation thought off and on since it happened. I was trying to remember if I’ve ever actually made a card that didn’t involve any stamping at all and I couldn’t think of one. With that in mind, I decided to challenge myself to make one! Given I’ve become slightly obsessed with all things shaker lately, I decided that would be a good direction to go for a card with no stamping. Here’s what I came up with.
Since I wasn’t going to be doing any stamping, I decided to incorporate some pattern and texture into my design with my paper choices. I used a few different papers from the 6×6″ paper pad from the Sugarplums collection by Doodlebug Design. I also incorporated some silver glitter paper from the 12×12″ Glitzy Glitter Cardstock Stack from DCWV. All of these would eventually be adhered to a white card base made from white Stamper’s Select cardstock from Papertrey Ink.
I started by creating the window for my shaker. For this, I used the largest die from the Stitched Circle Tags die set by Lawn Fawn since they kind of remind me of ornaments. I cut it from the red snowflake paper I selected for my main panel using my Cuttlebug. After that was cut out, I adhered a piece of Dura-lar to the back side of the opening using some Scor-Tape. I then built up the shaker area by adding a double-stacked layer of 3M Scotch foam tape all around the tag shape.
To fill the shaker, I added some Doddlebug Designs cupped sequins in ladybug, limeaid, and lily white. I also added in a few of the winter flurries snowflake sequins from Simon Says Stamp since they would go nicely with my snowflake patterned paper. Once I was satisfied with my sequin mix, I removed the backing from the foam tape and adhered the green patterned paper backing to close the shaker and then adhered the entire panel to my card base.
To dress up the front of the card a bit, I cut another large circle tag but from the silver glitter paper this time. I then lined up the 2 5/8″ circle die from the Nestabilities Small Standard Circles die set from Spellbinders. As you can see, once I adhered it with a little bit of Multi Medium Matte glue, it created the perfect inlaid frame for my shaker and added just the right amount of shimmer and shine. To give it just a bit more of an ornament look than a tag look, I finished off the shaker element by adding a tiny bow made from Garden Green ribbon by Stampin’ Up.
Next came the most challenging part for me since I couldn’t do any stamping … a sentiment. Fortunately for me, there were several awesome sentiment options included in the Sugarplums paper pack I was using. In fact, on the back side of the red snowflake paper I used, there were some awesome 2×3″ icons/tags. With some careful cutting, I was able to save the piece that had the Merry & Bright that ultimately became the sentiment for my card. There were several borders surrounding the text, so I just trimmed it out using my paper trimmer leaving only the rows of red dots on either side.
In order to keep my sentiment from getting a bit lost on the busy snowflake paper background, I matted it with a scrap piece of the green paper I used to back my shaker. I think the little pop of green really helped tie everything together, too.
So, that’s my card for today. Have you ever tried making a card without doing ANY stamping? If so, I would love to hear what you did and/or see your results if you can link up to a blog post or photo album somewhere. If, like me, you’ve never done it, I challenge you to give it a try and let me know how it goes!
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – the theme this week is Throwback, so I have opted to go back to the Holiday Cards challenge from December 2014.
- Christmas Card Challenges – the theme this week is Anything Goes.
- Stamp Nation Challenge #183 – Anything Goes Christmas.
Until next time …