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Monday, 15 April 2019

Fifteen Minute Cards

Hello everyone, it is time for our monthly selection of quick projects and time saving ideas. Each month the Design Team create a series of cards, tags and other items that have been made in fifteen minutes or less. Our aim is to show how you can create fabulous cards in next to no time at all, whilst sharing our tips and ideas with you. Whether you are just starting out on your crafting journey, or have been stamping for a while, we hope that you will find something to inspire you. So, grab a cuppa, and enjoy this month's selection.

Brenda is kicking off our blog post this month with this beautiful card. She used a pre made background, and stamped the rose using Versafine Clair ink, embossing the image with clear embossing powder. She coloured the image with water based markers. The sentiment was embossed with lilac embossing powder.

For her next card she created a Brusho background and stamped the roses with Versafine Clair ink.

Her next card was created by making a background with Distress Ink, stamping the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and colouring with water based markers.

To create the following background, she brayered acrylic paint, then stamped the image using Versamark and burgundy embossing powder. Highlights were added with a white gel pen.

Magda's first card was coloured with Distress Ink and stencilled:

To create her next card, she stamped the image with watercolours and marked with a black permanent ink. The background was stencilled with Distress Ink.

She created a Brusho background for her tag, stamped with Archival Ink and coloured with watercolour pencils, adding Stickles all round the edges.

I have created two projects, the first card was created by stamping and embossing the heart image randomly over a piece of scrapbook paper using a teal embossing powder. I used the same colour for the sentiment on a smaller strip of the paper. I edged both pieces of the paper with Teal ink, allowing them to dry before assembling the card.

For my second card, I stamped the broken heart using red ink onto a white card blank. I then stamped the heart again onto a mini gelli plate before then using the gelli plate as a stamp and stamping the image from the gelli plate beside my first stamped image on the card blank to complete the heart. I added the sentiment using black ink, then flicked some watered down red ink over the card to create splatters.

We have some fabulous Mail Art from Zoe next, she has created three striking envelopes using some of the Steampunk stamps that we have been working with recently.

 You can see how she has used different ways of creating an area for the address. The little heart and scroll is perfect for framing the address, don't you think?

The balloon image looks such fun on this kraft envelope embossed in white with the key details picked out in colour.
Rachel has created three very pretty makes for us this month, showing that Steampunk does definitely not have to be grungy! She has stamped the heart onto patterned paper using white embossing powder and coloured the image slightly with watercolour pencils before adding it to kraft card.

For her second card, she used a stencil with Distress Ink before stamping over the top and colouring with pencils.

Finally, she stamped the image, added a bit of Brusho powder, and coloured the image with pencils.

A card from Julie next, she has stamped the image using black ink, adding some stencilling using Distress Ink.

Vronnie has created two fabulous cards using Brushos, stamping and embossing.

A card from Pat next, she has stamped the dandelion clock onto a piece of white card using purple Distress Ink to create a border. She has then created a smaller background using Distress Ink spritzed with water, picking it up from her craft mat. She stamped the dandelion clock onto the coloured background using purple and orange ink, adding a butterfly stamped with purple and spritzed with water before stamping. The background was matted onto purple foil before being added to the base card.

Finally we have two cards from Penny, her first was created by stamping an image repeatedly across a piece of kraft card with Versamark to create a watermark effect. Once this was dry, she stamped and embossed her main images down the centre of the panel using white embossing powder. She stamped and embossed the sentiment panel again on a spare piece of card and cut it out. She painted the hearts and the flowers around the sentiment red. She added a white border around the edge of the background. She used 3D foam tape to attach the sentiment panel.

To create her second card, she stamped the image using Versamark and embossed it using clear powder. She painted a wash over the background using two shades of blue ink. Once dry, she stamped the butterflies repeatedly down one side of the panel using dark blue ink and added clear sparkle pen as a highlight. She stamped and embossed the button three times on spare card, adding sparkle pen and cut them out.

That brings our selection of projects to a close for this month. We hope that you have enjoyed what we have created, and will try some of the ideas out for yourselves.  We will be back next month with more time saving ideas for you, but in the meantime do keep visiting the Design Team blog for lots of inspiration from our regular posts.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. What amazing designs from the team, wonderful inspiration, Kate x

  2. Fabulous inspiration ladies, thank you for sharing.
    Linda xxx

  3. Wow, what a fabulous collection of cards. I love them all but I always find myself drawn to the blue and yellow colour combination. Great work ladies x


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