Creating a card with a single stamped image- Getting the most from your stamps!

Creating a beautiful card with just a single stamped image can be 
simple as well as a relatively quick process and the end result is a beautiful card.

These adorable cards were created using Autumn Greetings stamp set. There are a few cute little images on the set and some fall greetings. I chose these images first of all because they were single images, secondly because they are just darn cute!
This is a random stamp set from my stash. 

I wanted to show 1 stamped image, colored and just a few added details to really make the card stand out. 
When coloring the images I added shading both on the image as well as around the images in order to bring the images to life. 
A few little squiggles here and there with a Jelly Roll Pen creates a little bit of movement or interest on the images. 

I added some of the Crystal Effects that I had in my stash (from a retired 
Holiday catalogue from Stampin' Up). This added a glossy look to the mushrooms
 on the one card and to the apples on the other card.  

I stamped a few sections of grass using a random grass stamp. 
And finally gave the card a bit of splattered background using the Granny Apple Green Ink transferred to a block, added a few drops of water and used my water pen to tap a few splatters onto the card front. 
Don't forget to add a few rhinestones or gems for a little added interest.
The tiniest details just made the focal point on the card pop, and nothing else was needed other than a greeting.

When I create a card that is to simply share my idea with all of you, the card most often doesn't have an intended purpose - so those cards will go to my
 local long term care home to put a smile on someone's face. 
Therefor I chose " Just for You " as a sentiment. 

The card bases for these cards were cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4 on 
Sahara Sand Cardstock.
A piece of Basic White Cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4 was used for the card front layer. 
I used Stampin' Blends markers for coloring in Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green,
Real Red & Daffodil Delight. 
As well as the lightest Grey for the shadows. 

So go ahead.... pick one single image that you absolutely love from your stash of stamps, stamp it on one of the corners of a White Cardstock layer... and just have fun with the creative process. Make the image really stand out with a few little details and see how easy it is to quickly create a beautiful card. 

While you are feeling all creative, don't forget to stamp a coordinating envelope. 
An envelope that matches with the card just really adds that final 
special touch to your card making!

I hope these cards have given you a little creative inspiration! 

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