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Just Cards.

September 22nd, 2010 by Avital

handmade cards

Cards, for me, are the perfect outlet for an urging need to make something with my hands. They are like little canvases or small scale picture-less layouts.

I get to think about the design, cut, adhere, use gems and flowers and cute buttons and sprinkle some glittery goodness and all in no more than a few minutes per card.

Yesterday I “suffered” from this urging need to create, to cut, to play with punches, to adhere… so I went ahead and made some cards for a few upcoming events.

Celebrate today card

Celebrate today card



  • For a subtle background stamp a nice big pattern with ink the same color as your cardstock, or with Versa Mark ink.
  • To stamp the border through the greeting, first stamp the greeting and then mask it with a small piece of paper and stamp the border stamp over it.
  • To position the punched shapes evenly, I used a centering ruler and started with the middle piece, then I put the next piece in the center point between the middle piece and the edge of the paper.

Birthday wishes card

Birthday wishes card


  • Cardstock – Bazzil
  • Stamps – Papertrey Ink (Mixed Messages).
  • Ink – Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink
  • Patterned paper – June Bug by Basic Grey.
  • Punch – Martha stewart Starburst
  • buttons – Papertrey Ink (Poppy Red)


  • I really loved the colorful patterns in the June Bug collection but felt I must tone them down, which I did by using a neutral colored cardstock base and by punching small shapes rather than covering the entire card base with a large piece of patterned paper.
  • To create a greeting banner that compliments the punched shapes, I fed only the edge of the paper through the inside of the punch.
  • I wanted to tie all the elements together, so I added a solid piece of paper and rounded its edges with the Corner Chomper to “point” towards the punched pieces mosaic. In addition, I added a couple buttons to the top portion to bring the red upwards.

Happy birthday card

Happy birthday card



  • Here I made a small card (4¼” by 4¼”) so I could use a solid piece of the colorful, busy paper (3¾” by 3¾”), but to break it off I added a 1″ piece and rounded both its edges with the Corner Chomper to create a rounded edge.
  • For the cupcakes embellishment I just cut off a couple cupcakes from the patterned paper with my favorits precision scissors and attached them with foam adhesive.
  • As cupcakes without frosting are no good, I added glittery frosting with my Stickles glitter glue.


Have you made any cards lately? What do you do when you feel like creating something but are short in time? Please share by leaving a comment. I ALWAYS love reading your comments.

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9 Comments to “Just Cards.”

  1. Nancyljk says:

    Love your cards, they are all perfectly wonderful! These cards are a great example of the kind of quick cardmaking I like to do…fun paper, neutral card base and a simple sentiment. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hmmmmm….I love them all Avital!

  3. charlene says:

    Love these! Great choices for paper, stamps and design!

  4. lisa b says:

    such beautiful designs.. I love having discovered your blog

  5. PH Paper : says:

    birthday cards that are personlized are the best in my opinion, they really come from the bottom of the heart of the sender,”: