How To : Note Card Set Endless Birthday Wishes with Cherry On Top

Cherry on Top Endless Birthday Wishes MidnightCrafting
Its fun to mix and match stamp sets, and luckily so many of Stampin' Up! stamp sets 'play well with others'! LoL But sometimes, keeping it simple has its advantages! This note card set, for example, uses one stamp set and one Designer Paper Series Stack with minimal embellishment - but has optimal impact!

Note cards are a great economical alternative to full cards for a few reasons. They are slightly smaller, at 3.5" x 5" folded, so you use less resources like adhesive and paper, embellishments and ribbon. They come in a package of 20 cards AND envelopes, for a nice savings in overall paper and envelope costs. And they are pre-scored, ready to fold, stamp, and send, which saves you time and energy in preparing to craft. (really? yes, I'm that lazy busy! Preparing to craft is half the craft session, sometimes! LoL)

These are the supplies I used:
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 Its pretty easy to guess the theme of this Designer Series Paper Stack, what with all the cake and ice cream and candles and balloons: It's A Birthday or Party type stack. So I thought I would get good use out of it by pairing it with the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. And yes. Endless Options! Wheeeee!!!

I started with a card that would show off a bunch of those party prints, this panel card with strips of different paper. On the back of some of the bolder prints are the subtler and more "background" type prints, perfect to use as the panel base.

HOW TO Cherry on Top Endless Birthday Wishes MidnightCrafting Notecard Set
3/4" Strip onto 3" x 4.5" panel
I picked several patterns I liked - they all go together, that's the beauty of the Designer Series Paper Stack: It coordinates with itself wonderfully! I cut pieces of the 4.5 x 6" sheets into 0.75" x 6". For this card I couldn't quite get 2 cards out of it, because it uses slightly more than half when I placed the strips at an angle. But I liked the look, and I have lots of paper! I stacked the strips at an angle up the card, using Snail to stick the strips down. 

HOW TO Cherry on Top Endless Birthday Wishes MidnightCrafting Notecard Set

Once they were stacked I stamped my greeting across the top. I turned the panel over and trimmed off the excess parts of the strips.

I used about 5 different layouts, but alternated the paper patterns to create 20 different cards. You can see more of them in this post HERE. I also used the Cherry On Top Paper Stack to embellish the envelopes. This is a really simple but adorable way to add a little excitement to the outside of your envelope. Cut a 2" x 6" strip of paper that goes with the papers used on the card. You could totally use whichever paper you liked, they DO all go together, but it adds a nice bit of matchy-matchy when you use the exact print that is somewhere on the card. If you want to be super coordinated. ;-)
How To Cherry on Top Note Card Set Midnight Crafting Endless Wishes
2" x 6" strip of paper will cover the envelope flap easily.
Add rows of Snail Adhesive for a secure stick.
Add your strip and smooth it out. Trim the excess off with scissors.
How To Cherry on Top Note Card Set Midnight Crafting Endless Wishes
Voila! Matchy-matchy Magnificence!
Hope you are inspired to try your own, these are an easy way to get a bunch of cards done in a short amount of time. Perfect for all those summer events! What Paper and Stamp Set duo are you going to try?

Happy Crafting!

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