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Modern circles in a stamp set? Yes, Ma’am. I’ll take one.

I pulled out Maile Belles Background Basics: Circles to see what would happen…and, well, here’s what happened…

Just like most other crafters out there, I’ve got Christmas on the brain, so my first BB: Circles card was created with that in mind…

I showed this card to Andrew and he took a look and asked me, in a very kind and supportive tone,  “Were you trying to make a card that looks like Minesweeper?” Then he said, “It also kinda looks like bathroom tiles.”

So – needless to say – this card was not one of Andrew’s favorite, but I’m sticking to my guns on this one. I like it…albeit a little Minesweeper-bathroom-tile-esque.

You may (or may not) notice that the colored circles are a little glossy. Well, that’s because I added some Glossy Accents to each one.

I tried to take some photos to show the glossiness, but since I’m still learning my way around this new camera…I’m not sure I succeeded!

For my next BB: Circles project, I wanted to use the stamps as a focal element in the design rather than a background. By now, you oughta know about my affinity for card sets – so it only made sense that I create these…

Turns out that the strip of dots from BB: Circles fit perfectly across a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card leaving a 1/4″ border on the edge.

I went with gradients of color on each card card which is a look that I always love. I also gave a little thought to the sentiment. It’s got a modern feel and there may very well be a million dots on this card (although, I didn’t count!)

Along with my love of card sets comes my obsession with packaging! Now, you could certainly tie these up with a bit of twine, but I took things a little further and created an envelope for the cards to fit in. All I used was my scoreboard, a piece of cardstock and some eyelets. Come by on Monday when I’ll be sharing the how to on making one of these for yourself!

I tied the box up and finished it off with a die cut tag from Clear and Simple Stamps and a “Handmade Stationery” sentiment from PTI’s Simply Stationery set.

PHEW! Did you make it this far? I went a little photo crazy, huh?

Well, thanks for stopping by! Have a great Friday!


Minesweeper/Bathroom Tile Christmas Card:
Stamps: PTI (Stylish Sentiments, Background Basics: Circles)
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Cardstock: PTI (white)
Other: Tombow markers

Thanks a Million Card Set:
Stamps: PTI (Background Basics: Circles, Inside & Out: Thank You, Simply Stationery) Clear and Simple Stamps (Trendy Tags)
Ink: Impress Inks (email me for a complete list if you’d like!)
Cardstock: PTI (white, Smokey Shadow for envelope)
Other: Silver Eyelets, 3/4″ circle punch, grey bakers twine, Clear and Simple stamps tag die

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17 thoughts on “Cards Using Background Basics: Circles

  1. I love the cards you created with this set. It is on my wish list but your cards are moving it up to the top. Great gift set ideas and a fun mod take for Christmas

  2. 1) Your photos are looking GREAT. I think you’re getting the hang of your new camera just fine 🙂 I am planning to completely re-do the way I photograph cards in the New Year, and love the way you’re setting up!

    2) TOTALLY minesweeper, but I still love it!

    3) That envelope is BRILLIANT.

  3. I love the first card. Totally modern and yet Christmassy. To me it looks beautiful 🙂
    You have had so much fun with this stamp set and colours on the card set. Love the simplcity and the colours. Packaging is awesome. Great work as always, Amber.

  4. Ok, Amber…these are all so awesome, it’s time for me to shop! I love the way you did all the cards and can’t wait to make that stationery holder! And your pics are perfect…love the angles you chose!
    😀 Hugz2u,

  5. No worries Amber! I made a Christmas card that didn’t have red and green in it and my DH made a weird face. I thought it was artsy. I stuck to my guns too! (and sent it to artsy friends of ours!) hee!

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