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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, today we are sharing our monthly selection of cards and projects from the Design Team that have been created in fifteen minutes or less. The object of this monthly post is to share lots of tips and tricks for creating quick designs that are beautiful, stylish and still have that wow factor, but have taken a fraction of the time that some of our other cards normally take us to complete. If you are a beginner stamper, and are worried about complicated designs or processes, or simply need a card in a hurry, there will be something in these monthly posts to suit you. You can use the ideas for batch card making, or for craft fair sales. There is no limit to how many cards you can make with these stamps, as long as you hand stamp each item yourself.

We hope that you will enjoy what we have to share with you this month, so grab a cuppa, and settle down to browse through this month's selection.

Our first card is a rainbow explosion of colour from Magda. She has used Brushos for her background, and then stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

For her second project, she has created three mini cards. She has stamped in grey ink for the sentiments and the poppy image. She used Distress Ink for the other images. She spritzed her cards with a wet brush, adding colour with watercolour pencils.

Two tags from Magda next, the first has been coloured with Distress Ink, and simply stamped with a quick bit of stencilling in the background.

The second has been coloured with Distress Inks again, more stencilling for the large word, and the image has been coloured with watercolour pencils.

Two Christmas makes from Magda now, the first uses white embossing as a resist for the lovely Reindeer image.

Finally, she has made some quick gift tags, stamping with Distress Ink, and filling in the open areas with markers. She has then stamped the inkpad itself to add interest onto the background, A bit of Stickles adds some sparkle.

I have made a very quick Autumn scene for my card. I coloured a tree stamp using water based markers, and stamped it onto a piece of smooth cartridge paper. I then added some hills with greem Distress Ink to ground the tree. I stamped several small leaves using various Autumn tones of Distress Ink, and pulled the colour into the leaves with a water brush. I added a setiment using brown Archival Ink. I added a border of yellow ink around the background.

Rachel has created three fabulous cards for us this month. The first uses white embossing onto black card, for a very striking finish. She has then simply matted and layered the background for a dramatic card.

For her second card, she has used Brushos for her background before stamping the image. She used the Brushos to add a little bit of painting afterwards.

Finally she has built a scene using repeat stamping of the trees, using a mask and some torn paper, before adding Distress Ink for the background.

A quick card from Marga next, using a piece of patterned paper. She has stamped the image and coloured it with pencils. All of us have paper in our stash, and this is a great way of creating quick cards.

We have a great selection of cards from Anne this month. Her first card was created using Versamark, adding a sicky embossing powder, and gilding flakes.

Anne's next two cards both use two lovely tree images, and would make beautiful cards for either men or women. The first card was stamped using a sepia Versafine Ink, and the background was then edged with Distress ink and a fine border of alcohol marker, before matting onto a scalloped card. A little bit of copper glitter glue was added to the leaves for added sparkle.

For her next card, Anne stamped the image with the Sepia Ink again, and she added colour using a water brush, pulling the colour out from the darker areas of the image, indicated by the stamp detail, giving tonal variation. She added Glossy Accents to the apples for added shine. The edge of the card was coloured with Distress Ink, and roughed up with scissors. Faux stitching was added, plus some little PVA pearls.

Carole has created two cards using the same design, but in two different colourways. This is a great idea for quick cards, especially if you want to make batch cards. A lot of time is spent in the design process, and once you have found a design that you like, often you can make the card themselves quite quickly. She has stamped the large corner design and trimmed it down to a 12cm x 12cm square. She sliced across the design and mounted it onto a 14cm x 14cm piece of card, leaving a 1cm gap for the words.

Finally, we have a bumper crop of cards from Brenda. There is something for everyone in her collection this month!

Her first card uses a lovely Spring time image stamped with black ink onto a background created using an acrylic block that has gridlines. The gridlines create an interesting pattern on the background when adding Distress Inks that have been spritzed with water.

The next card is simply stamped and coloured with pencils.

For her next card, she has masked off a central panel, then using a stencil and Distress Inks, she has created a background pattern She removed the mask, and stamped a sentiment using the same colours as she used for the background.

She stamped an image with Distress Ink, and used a waterbrush to drag out some of the colour to create this pretty sepia toned card.

Using a stencil, she added Pan Pastels and then some stamping with Versafine Ink. She added more stamping and Pan Pastels in the bottom corner of her card.

Stamping, spritzing with water and adding Brushos created the scene in this seasonal themed card. Brenda has used a piece of recycled packaging for the background.

For her next card, she coloured the stamp with water based markers and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping the image.

A strip of colour was created by masking off the edges of the card, and adding Pan Pastels. Brenda then repeat stamped the butterflies over the panel and added a sentiment.

She used acrylic paint to create the following background, and simply used gold embossing pwder and Versamark Ink to add the image and sentiment.

The next three cards were all completed in exactly the same way, just varying colours and stamps. Brenda used water based markers, coluring the stamps, and spritzed the stamps with water before stamping. She added a sentiment afterwards.

Another inked background using the gridline acrylic block, adding Distress Inks, and sprizing with water, before stamping onto the background. Brenda then added the poppy image and sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

That ends our selection of cards and projects for October. We hope that you have found something to inspire you and that you will try some of these ideas out for yourselves. We will be back next month with another selection. Do keep checking out the Design Team blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Absolutely stunning cards, so beautifully designed, Kate x

  2. Oh, how many wonderful inspirations! All lovely!!

  3. Lots of wonderful inspiration here this month and thank you to you all for these beautiful creations. x

  4. I do enjoy the 15 minute card collection, so much lovely inspiration.

  5. Fabulous collection, talented ladies!

  6. Fabulous inspiration, very talented ladies.

  7. Congrats to your DT, these are so different and beautiful cards ! so inspiring


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