Just Four Fun
As much as I love complex cards, it‘s satisfying and relaxing to play with simple stamping. Here’s a fun way to break in a new stamp set and get multiple cards made in the process: do a 4x4! Grab a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock and 4 ink colors that you like together, and just start stamping!
I generally use the larger stamps first and then fill in the empty spaces. Don’t worry if some images overlap—it adds interest! When you’re done, cut your cardstock into 4 pieces. You can go back and add more stamping if you’d like, and then attach the stamped panels onto matching card bases. If you’re using colored cardstock for your card base, add a piece of Basic White cardstock on the inside for your message. You can stamp on that, too, if you’d like! Done!
For my cards, I’m using Pale Papaya, Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, and Pear Pizzazz. The Sweet as a Peach stamps already create a beautiful shaded effect, and I enhanced this by first inking the stamp with Pale Papaya and then gently adding a bit of Calypso Coral ink to the edges using a sponge dauber. Then when the image is stamped, both colors appear and the peach looks even more round.
Some people like to score their cardstock into fourths before they start stamping, but I prefer the flexibility to decide later how I want to divide things up.
I wanted a good amount of negative space on my cards, so I left some blank sections, but you could cover the whole surface if you’d like!
-Calypso Coral cardstock
8-1/2” (W) x 5-1/2” (H), scored at 4-1/2” along the long side
-Pear Pizzazz cardstock
3-7/8” (W) x 5-1/8” (H)
-Basic White cardstock
TWO of 3-3/4” (W) x 5” (H), one cut from the stamped sheet for the front and one plain for the inside
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