Monday, February 8, 2010

Gift Sets

Making a set of cards is an inexpensive, yet personal approach to gift giving. A set is a great gift because it's easy to post and can be made in a relatively short amount of time (especially if you're working close to a birthday deadline, ahem...)

Tips for making sets:

1) Keep them simple. Simple cards take less time to duplicate and look great en masse.

2) Make them versatile. Whoever you're giving to probably doesn't want 10-15 birthday cards so keep your greetings varied and broad - or leave the card blank if you're brave! In this case, I've used the Upsy Daisy set which includes: "Birthday Celebrations", "You're on my mind", and "Thank You for your friendship".

3) Try a variation on a theme. Here I've used colour and ribbon and greeting placements as my variations. The rest of the card is exactly the same.

4) Apply Stampin' Pastels to a Versamarked image with sponge daubers to give you more colour options if you don't have all the inks. This pastels technique works best on bold images and gives them a very home-made feel too (pastels on Versamark aren't as clean as stamped images).

5) Make envelopes to match. It only take an extra two minutes! With this set I Versamarked some Whisper White envelopes with the Upsy Daisy image. This gives a pretty subtle outcome but it's all it needed.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Upsy Daisy $39.95
Colours: Most of the Bold Brights, Whisper White, Kraft
Others: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White envelopes

Go on, make someone you love a set of cards!

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