Another WCMD Inspiration
Today’s inspiration is more of an idea for maximizing supplies.
Grab an assortment pack 2014 In Colors cardstock, an assortment pack of Neutrals cardstock, a Moonlight DSP stack, a pack of envelopes, and Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon. (That comes out to $33.25 plus shipping and tax. By the way, this takes into account the sale prices for the cardstock assortments and Whisper White envelopes during the Stamp, Stock, and Save sale.) You will easily get 40 cards with these supplies and this card design, with leftovers of cardstock and DSP.
The Moonlight DSP stack coordinates with 3 of the 2014 In Colors, as well as Basic Gray and Sahara Sand (which are in the Neutrals family).
If you cut sheets from the Moonlight DSP stack in half (along the long edge), you get two pieces 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ per sheet (which gives you 96 pieces per stack). The Neutrals cardstock pack gives you 2 sheets per color. From each sheet, you can get 5 mats for the Moonlight DSP stack piece (measuring 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″). This gives you 20 mats in directly coordinating Neutrals colors. You can use other colors for more mats (I used Basic Black, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake).
If you want to make mats from 2014 In Colors, then I would suggest making 6 or 7 bases from each color, and use the rest for mats or to punch shapes.
Stamp varioius sentiments, and now you have a whole stack of cards, ready for any occasion. Use Whisper White from the Neutrals pack for that!
Some of the colors are too dark to write anything inside the card. Use Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock on the inside (cut to 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ to coordinate with the front of your card). You could even use the grid pattern from the DSP stack. From any leftover sheets in the DSP stack, you could also add strips to the inside.
Here are other cards with this basic design, to show you that you can use all 2014 In Colors, even though they are not represented in the paper stack. Notice that I used the ribbon differently on one card, and not at all on the other.
Here’s a variation, too. You can cut one of the pieces into two and use the back side (or mix and match) to get a contrasting panel within your basic design. Interestingly enough, the strip I cut was all boring Lost Lagoon triangles on the other side.
And for the final twist on the design (literally), I offset the mat and DSP piece. I opted to use Linen thread on this card, so I have a more suitable man-card in my stash and to keep the colors subtle.
Notice that I left the last two cards without sentiments. Sometimes it’s good to have a “blank” on hand, so you can configure it when you need it. Or, use it as a notecard, or “just because” card.
Other supplies used
Stamps: Something to Say
Ink: Early Espresso, Blackberry Bliss, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Linen thread, Artisan label punch, Decorative Label punch, Scallop oval punch, Large oval punch, Word Window punch, Stampin’ dimensionals