Step 1: Select Colors
This card's major design elements are stamped images and the
cutout edge. The cutout edge is backed by a colored strip of
cardstock, 1" by 5½″, that is glued to the card's inside right edge.
The rubber stamp creates an outline to which you add color
after stamping the image.
Select coordinating colors for the stamped images and the cutout
edge's cardstock strip. For the sample card, the complementary
colors of blue and orange are the card's major colors. The cardstock
edge strip is blue, along with the mat for the card's message. To
add interest to the stamped image, the flowers are given
analogous colors: yellow, yellow-orange, and orange. The greens of
stems and leaves are used as accents and in the background.
colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. They highly contrast each other and naturally
exude high energy.
colors are near each other on the color wheel, have a cheerful
effect, reflect color schemes found in nature, and create color
harmonies that are pleasing to the eye.
Step 2: Stamp Images
Stamp three to five images of your rubber stamp on the card's
front. One or two of these images will be partially cut out for
your cutout edge. For these cutouts, stamp near the right edge,
about 1/8" to 1/2" from the edge.
Step 3: Color Stamped Images
Using the colors you selected, color the stamped images with
Tip: For added interest, vary the color
arrangements in each stamped image.
Step 4: Cut Edge
Using a ruler and pencil, draw a faint vertical line about ¾"
from the right edge. The line should intersect one or two of
your stamped images, but don't draw through the images.
Cut the edge following the faint pencil line and around
the right-side of the stamped images. Leave a tiny margin of
white cardstock around the images.
Step 5: Draw Background
Using felt-tip markers, draw vertical or horizontal lines
to make a background for your card. For the sample card, the lines
are dots and dashes. A ruler was used to draw dots of blue and
green—then dashes, mostly green, were drawn
Get creative: Use any combination of straight
lines, dots, dashes, and squiggles to make the lined background. You
can also use a ¼" hole punch to make dots to glue on the
card. Keep the background simple and light so you don't overpower
your stamped images.
Step 6: Assemble Card
Glue the edge's background cardstock strip to the right edge of
the card's inside. Stamp a message on a piece of white cardstock and
mat it with the same color of cardstock as the edge strip.