How to Make an Inspirational Card by Monica


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Many of us send a variety of cards for different occasions throughout the year. Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas are all great reasons to send someone you love a pretty card, but when was the last time you sent one just because? It doesn’t have to be a holiday or birthday for you to brighten someone’s day – and that’s what this inspirational card is all about!

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Whether you’re hoping to inspire a loved one or simply make them smile, a handcrafted card is a great way to do just that. Follow along as I create this vintage-inspired card with a variety of different supplies including this custom sentiment stamp by Simply Stamps.

One of my favorite things about Simply Stamps is they can create pretty much any stamp you can dream of! My custom sentiment stamp says “It never gets easier, you just get better” and I love this saying as it’s appropriate for so many occasions.

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I started the card by making the background. To create this great, grungy background I used a very simple technique using three different color inks and blue painters tape. The inks I used were three earth tone Adirondack Inks – butterscotch, latte and ginger.

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On a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of white card stock, I used the painters tape and different colored inks to create an ombre effect. I ran the sticky part of the tape through the ink pads and stuck it to my paper three times for each layer.

Once the white card stock was completely covered, I used my big shot to for a rectangular stitched die cut.


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I matted my background onto some rust color card stock and stamped my sentiment in place. I always use my MISTI (picture above) to align the stamp perfectly on the card.

After adding a couple embellishments, my card was ready for sending! This is ombre background technique is so easy and I hope you give it a try! You can watch my full process below. I hope you’re inspired and ready to get crafty!



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