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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthly blog post featuring cards and projects created in fifteen minutes or less. The Design Team have designed some fabulous creations to inspire you, and are sharing lots of tips and ideas to save time when creating their designs. If you want to make a card in a hurry, or are looking for smething to make for a craft fair, or as a batch card, maybe as a Wedding card or a Christmas card, (it's never too early in the year!), then we have lots of ideas to share with you.

So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy this month's selection.....

Brenda has designed a box of cards using Distress Inks, Versafine Clair Inks, Pan Pastels, and stencils. The card designs themselves are very simple, and would make great 'any occasion' cards. What a lovely gift this set would make for someone, but you could just choose any one of these designs to make as a quick card.

I have made a quick tag, which could be added to a gift, used as a bookmark, or added to a card. I have used a scrap piece of background from my stash to make the tag, which was coloured with Distress Inks and water, then sprinkled with salt and left to dry.  I stamped the butterfly border over the top and coloured it with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush. I added a sentiment, which had been stamped onto a piece of scrap card, with the edges distressed and inked. I distressed and inked the edges of the tag, and added a complementary ribbon.

Rachel has made a trio of pretty cards this month. She has blended Distress Inks through a stencil to create a background for her first card, stamping the rose image and then adding colour over the top.

For her second card, she has added a hand drawn border for extra detail.

Finally, a Distress Ink background with the fabulous leafy image stamped over the top:

Carole has created a vibrant card using the Dawn Chorus, Wise Owl and Fly Away With Me stamp sets. The background was stamped with Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks using various elements from the three sets. the image from Dawn Chorus is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Pat has followed a blue theme for her cards this month, her first card was created by stamping the rosebud image from the Rose Perfumery stamp set onto a piece of paper from My Floral Soul designer papers using a grey permanent ink and colouring it with pencils. She blended some blue Distress Ink around the edges, and spritzed with water to lift some of the ink. She added the sentiment, again using permanent ink, and layered it onto blue card, then onto a white die cut layer before adding it to the card.

For her second card, she heat embossed the image from Floral Perfumery onto glossy card using silver embossing powder. She then coloured the background using alcohol inks with an applicator and blending fluid to aid coverage. She cut a strip of vellum and heat embossed a sentiment with more of the silver embossing powder. She wrapped the vellum around the background before attaching it to the card.

We have some pretty envelope art from Zoe this month, featuring some of the butterfly stamps from last month's TV shows. These would be a lovely surprise popping through someone's letterbox, but would make an equally great card design.

You could stamp a sentiment in the centre of the second one if you were using this idea for a card.....

Finally we have some great projects from Magda, who always inspires us with her time saving ideas. She has created a Brusho wash background for her first card.

She has used Distress Ink pads through a stencil to create the second card.

We hope that you have enjoyed our projects this month, and we will be back next month with more projects to share with you. In the meantime, do keep visiting the blog for a daily dose of inspiration from our regular Design Team posts. Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Wow, fabulous inspirations by the DT ladies! I have to learn making quick cards, time for craft always runs away!

  2. These are all beautiful cards. Thank you all for sharing them.

  3. Lots of wonderful inspiration by the very talented DT. Thank you!
    Linda xxx

  4. Beautifully designed cards, as always wonderful inspiration, Kate x

  5. Some stunning cards here to say that they've been made in fifteen minutes. Well done to the CB team x


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