Here are my top tips for make fast and frugal stamped greeting cards!
Tip #1: Use limited supplies like a waterproof black stamp pad and watercolor pencils
Tip #2: Pick a light source to make coloring easier and use the same light source for all the stamped and colored elements on your card.
Tip #3: Choose line work images because you won’t need a bunch of inkpads (you can stamp in black and color them!)
Tip #4: Select your pattern paper first and use the colors from the paper to guide your coloring, it is sometimes hard to find paper to match after you color.
Tip #5: By prefolded cards and envelopes, they are very convenient and cheaper then buying cardstock and making your own in many cases.
Tip #6 Use 6″x6″ paper packs or 4″x6″ matstacks because you will have less waste and your patterns well be scaled smaller for cards.
Tip #7: Use a paper trimmer to cut squares and rectangles
Tip #8: Adhere the trimmed stamped image to pattern paper and then trim the mat.
Tip #9: Embellish with patterned paper
Tip #10: Invest is good tools like microtip scissors for fussy cutting.
Stamps (stampin Up)
Ink Pad (Ranger Archival)
Watercolor Pencils (Spectrum Noir)
Paper (BoBunny 6×6 pad)
Cardbases (Pack of 80 from Michaels for $5)
Brush #4 round Ebony Splendor (Jerry’s Artarama)
Microtip scissors (cutterbee)
I hope these ideas helped you use the supplies you already had or gave you some tips in investing in some really useful ones. Happy crafting!