Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

How To Make A Super Simple Scene Card

Do you love creating cards with detailed scenes for your cast of stamped characters? We do too but sometimes we are short on time and we need an easier design. Carly Tee is here to share her go-to super simple scene design!

I LOVE the amazing card scenes my friends create like this one by Mindy Baxter or this one by Sandy Allnock but I also love a really simple scene design! I often rely on border dies like the Essentials by Ellen Waves or Landscapes to create the “impression” of a scene. I use the dies to add color with a shaped edge to 3/4 of the card front and then 1/4 remains white space, perfect for adding a sentiment. The colored part can then represent water, grass, outer space…super simple & easy!

There is no wrong way to add the color…ink blend or watercolor, colored cardstock, glitter paper or you can use double-sided adhesive and loose glitter like I did here. I know not everyone loves the mess of glitter but I can’t get enough!

And did you know that you can create custom colors of glitter with alcohol inks? I didn’t have the blue I wanted so I made it…

Add a few drops of alcohol ink to clear/white/diamond glitter and mix. Teflon Bone Folders are great for mixing because they won’t stain. Small plastic containers with lids or repurposed spice jars are great for mixing & storing the glitter.

Pretty right? And this DIY technique is great for creating ombre glitters because you can make a light color, use and then color the excess darker with more ink.

After making the right shade of blue glitter, I die cut a sheet of double-sided adhesive with the wave die.

I removed one side of liner paper to apply the adhesive to the card. Then I removed the second liner paper and applied the glitter.

After creating the simple water scene with glitter, I added a sentiment and my silly pirate squid. I have no idea why I made a pirate squid but I kinda love him. I can’t wait to try adding more silly elements from Dress-Up Days to critters. I see a funny Lil’ ‘Squatch card in my future.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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1 Comment

  • Reply lauranorris321 April 7, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Love your pirate squid Carly! And the sparkly blue ocean is awesome too!

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