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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, and welcome to our first Fifteen Minute blog post of 2019! We hope that you all had a good break over the festive season and that you are ready to be inspired by what the DT have created for you this month. Our speedy projects and top tips aim to help you create cards in next to no time at all. We hope that you will feel inspired to try out some of our ideas and that they will be helpful whether you are looking for something quick and easy to make, if you need a card in a hurry, or you want to make batch cards for a craft fair or some other occasion like a Wedding, for example. Maybe you are really keen and want to get cracking with your Christmas cards nice early!

So grab a cuppa, and scroll through our blog post, enjoy what we have created, then why not get some crafty stash out and have a go at making something yourselves....?

We have a fabulous selection of cards from Brenda to start us off this month. Her first card was created with Distrss Oxides and white embossing.

She has used acrylic paint and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink to create her second card.

She has used Pan Pastels and Versafine black ink for her third card:

To create her next card, she used water based pens to ink the stamp and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping. She used the small flourish stamp to stamp directly onto the card base.

For her final card, she used a window stencil and Distress Inks, then stamped the image and sentiment with Versafine black ink.

I have used a Brusho background from my stash, and then added a mixture of images simply using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added a sentiment to create a quick and easy Anniversary card.

Pat has created two pretty cards using Lesley's fabulous new My Floral Soul papers. For her first card, she stamped the image from Let Your Heart Sing using a purple Distress Ink. She then applied yellow and orange inks using a stencil and applied the ink with a blending tool. She added the sun with the round shape of the blending tool. She layered the background onto a piece of dark blue card, and then onto a white card base.

For her second card, she heat embossed the image from the Live Out Loud stamp set using white embossing powder. She coloured the image using blue and purple Distress Inks and a waterbrush. She cut the image out and mounted it onto some coordinating blue card, before attaching it to the patterned paper.  She finished by adding the sentiment using some dark blue permanent ink.

Rachel has used some gelli print backgrounds from her stash to create two vibrant cards. The first card has feathers stamped on the background, and she has added a circle with the stamped bird on it.

The second gelli print has simple black stamping to complete the card.

Three cards from Penny next, for her first card, she stamped the bird trio from the Fly Away With Me stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and embossed with clear powder. She painted each one with a different colour, cut them out, and edged the panels with a gold pen. She used a Brusho background from her stash and stamped the tree and bird image, embossing it with clear powder as before. She stamped the curly bird's tail around the edges of the base card.The sentiment comes from the Birthday Words set.

She stamped the negative bird collage imagefrom the Sing Your Song stamp set using Versamark, and used three two-tone embossing powders to colour the image. She stamped some scrolls from the Wise Owl stamp set at the top and bottom of a white base card, embossing them with silver powder. The focal panel was edged with silver pen and matted onto black card. A sentiment was added at the bottom of the card.

For her final card she stamped the bird in tree image from the Sing Your Song stamp set in Versamark, and embossed with red powder. She did the same with the sentiment. She added glitter to the branches and dots with a gold pen. She edged the panel with the gold pen and attached it to a white base card.

Some envelope art from Zoe is up next. These fabulous pieces of artwork would really brighten up your doormat, wouldn't they? Simple masking, inking and black stamping completes these projects.

A very clever idea from Julie here on her card, she has repeat stamped the background image from the Live Out Loud stamp set to fill the area. The bird on the flower from Let Your Heart Sing has been added to a die cut circle. The monochrome colour scheme is very effective, and you could use this idea for feminine or masculine cards.

Magda has created three fabulous ATCs for us next, she has added stencilling with Distress Ink, stamped the images with Versafine Ink, and added some washi tape. Great colour combinations, Magda.

Her second project was super quick; she stamped the bird and then spritzed the background with blue and orange, another great colour combination.

Our final project is from Carole, she has used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and dabbed it along a masked area of her card and then over stamped it with the same colour. The mask was removed and the main image and sentiment were stamped in black ink. The flower heads were coloured with pencils, in muted pink and green shades.

That concludes our projects for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed what we have created. Please do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from the regular Design Team posts, and we will be back with more fifteen minute makes next month.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. WOW so much talent and lots of gorgeous inspiration! Thank you!
    Linda xxx

  2. There are so many inspirational projects on this post ! I can't say which one is my favourite !

  3. A very lovely selection of fifty minutes cards, all very beautiful and inspirational.
    Thank you for this great post Judith!
    Coco xx

  4. A wonderful selection of cards, beautiful designs, a really creative team, Kate x


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