I try to always keep a variety of cards on hand for all occasions. But sometimes I run out of thank you cards before I get a chance to make more. Or someone suddenly gets engaged and I want to congratulate them. As much as I try to plan ahead, occasionally I need a card quick. This is my go to card layout for these times, as it has enough flexibility to work for all occasions!
Even when I’m not in a pinch, it does reoccur as my default framework to work within. Even though I make a lot of cards using this as a guideline, switching up colors, prints, and stamps can help keep cards from looking the same.
If you use 12″x 12″ paper you can get two cards (bases and rectangles) out of one sheet of colored paper. An 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper will will get you two bases. Another sheet will get you 6 rectangles. For white card backgrounds, either initial size of paper works well. Don’t forget to use a piece the same size as the background on the front to line the inside.
After each card style I’ve included the details of the materials I used.
Keeping it Simple
These two cards follow the template above perfectly, using a 2″ circle on each.
banner: dot stripes I found at the Target dollar spot
Layout? What Card Layout?
For these cards I skipped some stamping and embossed instead. And who says that you can’t matte your rectangle askew? The next time I do a light card base like these I would do a thin dark matte between the card base and the background to make it pop more.