Thursday, January 10, 2008

Simple Stars

Guess what? My photos are clickable again, thanks to my blog designer Sara Williams! She's a whirling dervish, I tell you. Just a reminder in case you want to contact Sara to help you with your can click on the link she's left right below my Archives header on the right-hand side of my blog. You will not be disappointed!

Today is the day that Verve Visual debutes 5 new stamp sets! Julee's got a great package deal for you if you buy all 5 sets, so be sure and get over there fast this morning to see what fantastic deal she's got up her sleeve.

While working with all the new sets, it became important to me to create something that the average stamper (which probably equates to 90% of all stampers) could create on their own. So much of what we do on design teams is over-the-top and probably not something the average stamper might take on and recreate themselves. Our over-the-top designs show off the stamps really well, but in the end, I think what the customer cares about is if the stamps will look just as great in their simple, easy stamping style as it does on a card that's been all glamed up for promotional purposes.

I think Verve's stamps fit both styles really well. As you can see, my card today is a simple one. I took a piece of scrap Basic Grey designer paper, stamped two different sized stars in two different colors on front, and then mounted it on a piece of Really Rust cardstock. My card base is kraft cardstock. I stamped the sentiment directly to the Basic Grey paper as well, eliminating an uneccessary layer. For some added dimension and "wow" (in a simple way) I stamped a few more stars onto a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper and then cut the stars out and mounted them to the front of the card with dimensional tape. And that's it. The card probably took 10 minutes max and looks great! Anyone, design team member or not, can make Verve's stamps look great, whether you take it BIG, or whether you keep it simple. That's the nice thing about Julee's designs. They are simple, classic and uber cool!

I hope you have a great day, you deserve it!



  1. I love the look of this! And, I so agree with you about designing with the average - or even beginning stamper in mind.

  2. I LOVE this! Still not sure i could do it but it is such a cool card! Love the dimension!

  3. boynecitygrl2:00 PM

    Love that new banner!!! How fun and fresh. Just think spring.


    Beth F

  4. I love this card! The colors work well with it. By the way, Great new banner!

  5. love this fresh, yet with a lot of style going on with those dp stars...

  6. marciad3:40 PM

    Wonderful card. Very nice layout for anyone to follow. Do agree that many of us need this sort of inspiration.

  7. I love your starry card! Great papers, and I love the sentiment!

  8. gorgeous card, Amy! I just LOVE it! Love your style!

  9. THIS is an awesome card, Amy! And you're right, easy! I am putting this idea in my Simple but Stunning file!

  10. Just my style, I may "scraplift" it from you...LOL.
    I was led here by Meg, hope you don't mind.
    Wonderful site, and where did you get the beautiful background page???


  11. Sara :)3:10 PM

    I didn't read this know me...busy, busy, busy. I'm so glad that fixed it for you...HOORAY!!!!


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