Best of Friends Week: Sweet and Simple with Jen McMurtrey

Hello, friends! We are so excited about the new Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends collection, a collaboration between Meghann Andrew and Elle’s Studio that released this week. I am loving all of the floral accents with the lovely friendship sentiments that are perfect for card making or memory keeping projects.

Today, I am sharing two simple and sweet cards that are very easy to assemble, even if you do not typically create cards (like myself).

Supplies | Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Metal Die, Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Add-on Stamp, Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends Add-on Metal Die, Thankful Paper Stack

First is a simple white-on-white card with a woodgrain background from the Thankful Paper Stack. If you are not comfortable with stamping, this card is very easy to assemble with a lot of room for error if necessary.

Rather than stamping the flowers, I used just the metal dies to cut several blooms and leaves with white cardstock. To give the flowers dimension, I adhered the largest to the background with foam tape while layering the smaller ones on top of one another.

Next, I stamped the “thanks a bunch” sentiment and cut it out with the coordinating Metal Die. Getting a good stamped image or sentiment can be difficult, so I invested in a stamp platform some time ago. This is my go-to when it comes to creating projects that include stamps. Otherwise, I struggle with getting clean and clear results.

After adhering the stamped sentiment, I added depth by stamping dots randomly throughout the background to complete the card. Super simple, right?

Next is another easy card that only looks like it was difficult to create.

For this card, I again chose the woodgrain background, which matches the fall colors of the card. I am very good at procuring lots of supplies that sit on my shelf unused. Can anyone relate? If you are a collector of oxide inks, like myself, it is time to break them out to create colorful stamped images!

First, I took three different oxide inks and smeared them on my glass mat. Next, I sprayed the inks with water until large drops formed that I then dabbed white mixed media paper onto. I did this several times and used a heat tool between layers to dry the ink until I had the marbled effect I wanted. Using your inks in this manner is a great way to dip your toe into mixed media – especially if you’ve wanted to try but haven’t been comfortable doing so. Admittedly, my colors look a bit like peas and carrots, but I decided to go with it. 

Once the inks were dry, I used my stamp platform to stamp the “friends” sentiment, flowers, and leaves. Then I cut each out with the coordinating dies.

To complete the card, I stamped “make life colorful,” cut it out with the coordinating banner Metal Die and adhered it with foam tape. Like the first card, I again stamped dots on the background to add more color and depth.

As you can see, both cards are simple designs that anyone can make. I encourage you to grab the Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends collection, dust off your inks, and make a few cards. These were so fun to create!

Thank you for stopping by today! Remember to post your finished projects to Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio or on the discussion board of our Facebook Group so we are able to see your amazing work!

Stop by tomorrow for more Sincere Sentiments Best of Friends inspiration, and be sure to find it in the shop today while supplies last!

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