Arts & Crafts: Simple But Elegant Cards for the Beginning Stamper

Card making can be simple or complex and can be done with just a few simple supplies (but we all know that the supply pile grows and grows once you are hooked).

For a simple card it is nice to have at least two colors of cardstock so that you can layer pieces and mat your main image in order to give a card more depth and appeal. A black ink pad is almost a must for stamping projects and it is also nice to have an ink color that will coordinate with your card stock choice.

You will need a rubber stamp or two depending on the type of image you want for your card. Sometimes it is nice to have a background stamp as well as a main image or a stamp that has the background and image all on one stamp.

You will also need a ruler and or a paper trimmer that has cutting guides. That is all you really need though it is also nice to have some simple embellishments – ribbon, brads, eyelets, or charms that coordinate with your stamp.

Along with the ink I used on the card I made, I also used a purple glitter spray to give this card a little sparkle and shine!


To make a standard size card you need to cut your sheet of 8 ½ x 11 cardstock in half so that it is 4 ¼ x 5 ½. When you fold that in half you will have your card base. On this card I added two layers before adding the main image to the top. I usually like to measure them so that I have a ¼ inch or ½ inch border depending on how big my main image is.

My main image was on one stamp and I stamped it in black ink on white cardstock. After I let the ink dry a little bit I spritzed the image with a purple glimmer spray and let it dry. The fleur de lis embellishment is a brad so I used my eyelet setter to make a hole (though you can really do this with any sharp object if you are careful) and pushed the brad through before adhering my image to the top of the card.

Voila – quick, easy, and very elegant!

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