I thought I'd do a little something different today. I'm usually all about lots of layers and textures when I make cards, but some people prefer simpler, easier to make cards. So I figured I'd show three versions of a card, from a simple easy-for-beginner-stampers card up to an elaborate more-my-style one. *wink*
This first card qualifies for #simplestamping. All you need are the stamp set (and clear blocks), two shades of blue ink, Whisper White cardstock, adhesive of your choice, and a package of gems. No need for the Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine, dies, or embossing folders. It's an absolute piece of cake, and anyone who has hands that work can make it!
The second card is a slightly stepped up version adding a few layers and a die cut snowflake. The image/greeting panel is 2-5/8" x 4-1/8" and the Night of Navy mat is 2-3/4" x 4-1/4". For this card you will need a die cut machine, and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (in addition to the products used in the first card).
The last card is my fave, of course. Instead of stamping the background, I used the Winter Snow embossing folder and popped the embossed background up on dimensionals. The image/greeting panel was adhered to a Balmy Blue Glimmer mat, and also popped up on the background. I layered a glimmer snowflake, slightly offset (using mini dimensionals cut in half) behind the stamped snowflake, and used the darker blue gems. I like the contrast!
The first card could be quickly mass produced for holiday cards, especially if you used the Stamparatus. The second would take a little more work, but would still be doable in quantity. The third one....well, that would be for someone very special. So, which one appeals to you the most?