Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quick & Easy: Fall Card Sets

One of the the things I really love about Season of Thanks is that in addition to all of the wonderful images included to create custom projects, there are also three fantastic "pre-fab" images included as well. I like to think of them as design shortcuts. A little cardstock and ink is all you need to whip together a fantastic set of cards.

This project is quick, inexpensive, and chic. What more can you say? I whipped together a fun 6 card set with matching envelopes at a whopping cost of $1.35 in materials. The final cost will vary depending on the cost of your envelopes and number of cards in your set, but the cards average $.06 each in consumables! And...the whole set can be created from start to clean-up in about 20 minutes.

For a six card set, you will need:

  • 4 pieces of cardstock (3 for the card bases and 1 for your focal images)
  • 6 envelopes
  • Season of Thanks and ink

Start by stamping 1 row of each image design onto cardstock. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!) with Vintage Cream ink (Papertrey Ink). Trim each out leaving about a 1/4" border around all. Since these are all straight cuts you can use your paper trimmer...super quick! Click on the image below to see a larger view.

Cut each of the remaining three pieces of Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink) in half longways (portrait style) to create 6 portrait 4.25" x 5.5" card bases. Score at 5.5" and fold. Now just adhere your focal image to the front of each card base. I popped the top card up on dimensionals, but left the rest flat. I like to make sure postage will be inexpensive and the cards will remain intact through the postal service for the recipients of my gift sets.

As a final touch, you can coordinate your envelopes. There are many ways to do this, but for mine, I used some complimentary images from the same set and embellished the lower corners of the envelope fronts.

Now I just couldn't stop there, I mean, that only took 20 minutes! So, while I had the same set out I decided to use the image from the first set as my guide to create another even more cost effective set. Just $.05 per card in consumables!

Using the separate images also included in Season of Thanks I recreated the "falling" images and sentiments across my card fronts. A little inking around the edges for interest and a rustic feel...and done. 10-15 minutes flat for a whole set, and it looks like I surely spent forever on it. ;o)

Thanks for stopping by today. We have a fantastic release this month. Big. Huge. So big in fact, we are delaying it a bit. We will be releasing 4 new stamp sets, 1 new digi-stamp set, and one of our Design Team will be making her debut as a Stamp Designer with not 1, but 2 sets! Talk about exciting. I will be keeping you posted both here on the blog and on theWplus9 Facebook page as it approaches. You will not want to miss all of the festive fun!


  1. dawn, these are lovely! i esp. love the pumpkins and leaves cards!

  2. Wow, what a way to break down the benefits of stamping your cards. These are absolutely beautiful!

  3. Dawn,
    I love the fact that you took the time to show us these great sets. I was asked to make some sets for my family this Christmas. You have just given me some great ideas! Thanks girl.

  4. Dawn, these are gorgeous...really love the second set...stunning!

  5. LOVE these!! So simple and pretty!! (=

  6. Dawn, these are so stunning and simple - I absolutely love them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Dawn, these cards are beautiful and so easy to recreate! I can't wait for this upcoming release btw. Very excited to see what you have in store for the holidays for us!

  8. gorgeous. I really love those falling leaves!

  9. I love that these are so simple yet striking. I'm really looking forward to the new releases!

  10. Love those leaves... gorgeous colours too, love the first set with the Kraft base, so perfect for Autumn:-)

  11. So so awesome, Dawn! Love the sets!!

  12. I love the card sets so much!! I need to save some money so I can buy more stamp from you :)

  13. So pretty! What a great gift set! :)


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