How to Make a Simple Card for Sympathy or Birthday #simplestamping

amazingsilhouettesfreshfreesiastampinupcandyrattrayEach week I  stampinupcolorcombobring #simplestamping to my Facebook Live audience and love the challenge of using just the basics of stamping–stamps, ink, paper–to my design work.  #simplestamping is perfect for beginner card makers as well as us avid crafters.

My starting place was Amazing Silhouettes stamp set which stands alone even though there is a bundle option.  The dies also stand alone.  But if you like them both, I totally recommend taking advantage of the bundle option so you get the 10% savings.  

Because Amazing Silhouettes Bundle is such a great option, I've listed and linked it below for your convenience.  At $44 so it's perfect for earning a Sale-a-Bration reward.  Add just a $6 item to your order to get something free!

I love the artsy look of Amazing Silhouettes.  You get a lot of impact from just inking up and stamping.  I chose the butterfly stamp as it's perfect for a sympathy card.  My color palette of 3 purples was perfect to use the same basic elements for a simple sympathy card and then add a few things to transition into a simple, elegant birthday card.  I almost always make at least 2 cards at once.  If everything is out and ready, why not???!!!  Then I'm ready for just about any occasion:)

The other key element of my beginner cards is a "trifecta" of purples!  I love the look of these 3 purples together.  The look is rich, elegant, deep yet not dark.  Try it!

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Be sure to watch my short video showing the process and transformation of my simple sympathy card into a simple yet elegant birthday card.  Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!


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