Here is a simple card design that can be put together in minutes using pretty patterned paper, a dab of paint, and Q-tips. Craft stores usually have shelves full of pretty paper adorned with all sorts of patterns, colors, and textures. Most of the time they are in a 12″ x 12″ size which is ideal for scrapbooking, but here is a way you can use one sheet to create two different cards.
Many card making tutorials start with cardstock as a base, but that may not be practical for everyone especially if you aren’t planning to invest in a large amount of supplies for this hobby (or if you’re only making a few cards for a special occasion). Using patterned paper (or any paper sold by the sheet vs. in bulk) is an alternative and you can create some really pretty card bases. Try changing the shape or using different colors to create the painted edge and have fun with this technique!