Two Cards – mix and match

Although I’m blessed to have 1) a dedicated space to craft and store crafty goodness and 2) a decent sized collection of said crafty goodness, I’m still building up my stamp and die collection. So, I tend to mix and match products from different companies, and I have certain products that I will re-use on many cards. Generally this is because I find the font/image works well for all occasions and styles of cards, or it’s something that inspires me so much I can’t help but reach for it over and over again.

This “Thanks” die by Hero Arts is one such die. There’s always SOMEONE you can give a thank you card to so I tend to make these cards the most. For this card, I used the owl from the Mom+Me Lawn Fawn set and a lawn fawn grassy border die for this card. I also used a wood grain embossing folder (can’t recall the brand unfortunately).

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I love that the word “thanks” is fairly malleable so you can stretch it out a bit more for a larger area or curve it to fit a smaller card.

Another set I reach for all the time is Altenew’s “Painted Inspiration”. This is a LARGE stamp set with gorgeous, bold sentiments. A number of them are on the larger side so they fit on an A2 card front easily. I have two favorite sentiments from this set – “Don’t quit your daydream” and the one on the card below.

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For this card, I used a stencil from Hero Arts and ink blending with distress inks to create the background. I die cut hearts from gold glitter paper and stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink over the stencilling. The best thing about these sentiments is that you can use simple techniques but still end up with a gorgeous end result. 🙂

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