Some tips for making simple card looks interesting

by Anna Kossakovskaya

Hello! Anna here and I want to share my simple card, although this simplicity is not without dimentions. I often have situations where I need to create someting beautiful but need to do it very fast. For such cases, I have some small secrets that always help me.

Tip #1. Use a sketch that always works. I have some layouts that are my favorite and one of them is when main details of a card are placed close to corners. For today's card I put everything on the right bottom corner.

Tip #2. Use multi-layered stamps. They are always winners! The look amazing and everyone will be excited to see them! Here I played with the Peony Bouquet stamp set – flowers from this set are pretty big, so I used only one of them with some additions of leaves.

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Tip #3. Use the Label Love stamp set for sentiments. These are fast to stamp and look so good! I often use this set for sentiments. Stamp a sentiment with non-black inks (here I used Evening Gray Crisp Ink, but any colored inks will be great!), adhere it with a foam tape – and amazing and bright accent is ready.

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Tip #4. Make card elements interact with each other. You can see how I put the sentiment stripe on the peony, but then moved one of the petals in a way that it's overlapping the sentiment now.

Tip #5. Add dimensions. I already mentioned about using a foam tape and it always works! Here I used the foam tape for adhering the peony and the sentiment, and all other details are adhered with a flat tape. Lift the tips of the leaves so they can look more dimensional.

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Tip #6. Blend the background. Here I used sunrays stencil for the first time with the elegant flowers and I really like how they look together! At first I blended the background with light pink distress inks, then I applied the stencil with bright pink distres inks. And sprinkled some water drops over it – beautiful small dots also add dimensions!

Tip #7. Add some accents. I'm a big fan of sequins and droplets but don't always have the color I need. So I prefer to use clear sequins – along with the flowers they look like drops of dew which are very beautiful! And you don't need to think about the color coordinating!)

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Crisp Inks I used: Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves, Sea Glass, Ocean Waves and Dusk for the peonies.

Have a good day!

S_Anna

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Laura Jane July 22, 2016 - 09:29

Most excellent time saving tips! Very unique card. thanks Anna:)

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:42

Thank you so much, Laura!))

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Michele F July 22, 2016 - 09:32

Great advice, Anna! I think I’m going to save these! thank you!
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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:42

Thank you so much, Michele!

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Linda July 22, 2016 - 09:45

Love the card and advice, thank you so much.

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:43

Thank you so much for stopping by, Linda!

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tricia T July 22, 2016 - 09:51

I love these tips, Anna! Your work is always breathtaking!

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Shona Austin July 22, 2016 - 09:55

Great tips Thanks. Very pretty.

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:44

Thank you, Shona!

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Linda C July 22, 2016 - 10:07

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for your priceless tips!!

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:44

Linda, thank you for stopping by!

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Daria Z. July 22, 2016 - 10:17

Your card is gorgeous, Anna! Thanks for some wonderful tips, too.

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:45

Thank you so much, Daria!

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annie solomon July 22, 2016 - 10:25

Beautiful card, Anna. Thanks for all the tips. I love your clear, dewy accents!

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:46

Thank you so much, Annie!

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Ellen Bornstein July 22, 2016 - 10:45

really great tips and I especially love the ray stencilwork. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:48

Thank you so much, Ellen! Last time I’m a great fun of ray stencil ))

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Kathy H July 22, 2016 - 11:04

Thanks for the great tips Anna! Your card is beautiful!

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:51

Thank you, Kathy!!

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Larina Miller July 22, 2016 - 11:35

Thank You for sharing your beautiful card, and some great insight as well!

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:52

Thank you so much, Larina!

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Nandini July 22, 2016 - 11:36

Absolutely gorgeous card and thanks for all the great tips. I recently bought this stamp set and have been struggling to use it. You have given me a great starting point.

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:55

Glad to help, Nandini! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving some words. These flowers are so big! Need to get used to them))

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Barbara Leonard July 22, 2016 - 12:33

Love this card. Great tips. Thanks!

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:57

Thank you, Barbara!

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Anne Sturgeon July 22, 2016 - 14:32

I love this stamp set. It is on my wish list. You have given me lots of information to put to us when I purchase this stamp set. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:58

Thank you so much for stopping by, Anne! I’m glad to help!

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Holly Saveur July 22, 2016 - 15:20

Super gorgeous and great tips!

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 01:58

Thank you, Holly!

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Linda Langes July 22, 2016 - 17:09

Gorgeous – love the sun rays to add interest!

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 23, 2016 - 02:00

Thank you, Linda!

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Janet July 24, 2016 - 11:52

Beautiful – love the pink rays behind the flowers! Great tips too – thank you :-)

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 24, 2016 - 12:25

Thank you so much for commenting, Janet!

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Mary-Anne V. July 24, 2016 - 18:26

These are really great and helpful tips thank you so much.

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Anna Kossakovskaya July 25, 2016 - 01:52

Thank you so much for stopping by, Mary-Anne!

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Daria Grushina July 27, 2016 - 07:36

great tips :)

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