In an effort to try to be less “stamp heavy” with card designs (especially for the About.com articles), I’ve been trying to come up with ways to use other materials that may be more commonly found around the house or office. I realize that not everyone owns stamps and that shouldn’t discourage people from wanting to be crafty: there are so many other ways to express creativity without breaking the bank to buy supplies that you may not use much later down the line.
So instead of complicated card designs that involve rubber stamping, here are a few ideas that are fast and simple to pull together in mere minutes. You could even incorporate the help of your little ones while you’re at it: they can help tear washi tape, pick out the color of the balloon, or select the marker colors you should use.
This step-by-step tutorial will also help use up some of that washi tape stock pile you’ve got going on (yeah, you know what I mean!). I found these three rolls at Michael’s for only $2 per roll and you get 5 yards per roll. What does that mean? It means you can make an awful lot of cards with a little roll! What’s better than that? Using one of their 20% off coupons on top to gain more savings. Win win!
Another idea: try making little notecards using markers and simple shapes like dots, lines, and triangles. I used Crayola Pip-Squeaks markers and had fun pulling together different color combinations. If you do own stamps, you could stamp a sentiment on top but I like the simple look of them as is.
Look around and see what ideas you can come up with using everyday household items and office supplies to create fast and easy notecards. These are great to have on hand for a quick thank you card or for when you need something slightly nicer than a Post-it note. I buy the little 4bar size notecards in packs of ten with the envelopes for $3.00 so it makes it about 30 cents per card. Even with a stamp it costs way less than a card you might by at the store!