Like my extended family (here and here), I find card making to be a good thing. Convenient in that I don’t need to leave the house and my family and spend an hour choosing the ‘right card’ (which we attempted during January), I can make something that satisfies my taste and the recipient’s. Also, in the long view, it is cheaper than buying a handmade or factory-made card for $2 minimum in a retail setting.
The inspiration card on the left was my birthday card from my friend and business partner, Cathy (read about her here). Since I needed boy cards, I chose to stick with the circles and bands of her card, then changed the colors to be bright and congratulatory but not feminine.
All the materials I need to make cards are in my toolbox. For the cards above, I used cardstock stash and scraps, a circle punch and some alphabet stamps from Michael’s $1 baskets, ribbon I received for my birthday, and deeply discounted ink that I found at Archivers. The blue and green inks are Fiskars high-density pigment ink, to which I say, “WOW!” The title is the truth, not false advertising. Twice the pigment gives very bright, true-to-color images. I am very impressed with it.