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9 Easy Card Making Ideas That Take 15 Minutes or Less!

As much as we'd like to do so, there isn't always time to pour heart and soul into our handmade cards. When pressed for time, don't reach for store-bought. Instead, grab a few supplies and create something quick with these easy card making ideas. 

Collage of nine samples of easy card making ideas

Below you'll find nine easy card making ideas that can come together in 15 minutes or less. While reading through, think about stamps, sentiments, stickers, rub-ons, embellishments you may have on hand to use in place of those I've used here. 

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Solid image stamping

1. Solid variation

Use three or four shades of one color of ink with various sizes of solid images. I stamped the larger butterfly in two light shades of pink then added accents of darker pink with smaller butterflies and tiny hearts. The sentiment stands out boldly against the silhouettes and the rounded corners add interest while softening the overall appearance.

(I used Scripty Sayings and Graceful Butterflies by Paper Smooches.)

"Happy Anniversary" card with front and center bicycle image

2. Simply centered

Choose an image that requires little coloring and stamp onto the center of a white cardstock block. Cover a white card base with patterned paper then add coordinating bits of color to the stamped image. I stamped a sentiment beneath, rounded the corners and raised the panel on foam tape. For added interest, I added a tiny pearl to the center of the flower on the handlebars.

(I used Bikes & Trikes by Taylored Expressions.)

"Birthday Wishes" card with chipboard as focal point

3. Chipboard stickers

To create a card in minutes, adhere a chipboard sticker over patterned paper and card base. I cut the card base a little thinner than usual (4" width), allowing the sticker to extend a bit past the edge. To "deactivate" the sticky back hanging off the side of the card, apply powder or stick repeatedly to a light colored fabric until no longer sticky.

(I used Happy Birthday by Paper Smooches, Confetti chipboard by Crate Paper.)

A simple silhouette

4. A simple silhouette

Use colored ink to stamp a silhouette of an image, black ink for the sentiment and patterned paper as accents. Add a simple button for an additional "handmade" touch. 

Line art stamped in colored ink

5. Line art, uncolored

Instead of coloring in images, stamp each in a different color for quick and easy results. After stamping the elephant, I stamped again (without re-inking) onto a Post-it note to create a quick mask for stamping the giraffe.

(I used Wild About You by Taylored Expressions.)

Use border die-cuts

6. Border die-cuts

Use border dies to create simple designs. I nested the two white border strips together then added thin strips of black card tock to tie in the simple black greeting.

(I used Moroccan Tile Border Trio by My Favorite Things, Scripty Sayings by Paper Smooches.)

Pop up and recess die-cut pieces

7. Elevate and recess dies

Die-cut a shape from white cardstock and adhere inside pieces to the card base. Here, I've die-cut the eyeglasses and adhered the negative (lens pieces) inside. The outer panel is raised on foam tape creating depth and dimensiopatternn. A more basic shape can be die-cut, such as a heart or circle, with a smaller image inserted and peeking out from the opening. Stamp a sentiment and add a quick border along one side.

(I used Incognito stamps and dies by Paper Smooches.)

"You're a Blessing" card made with pattern blocks

8. Put patterned paper to work

Use a block of patterned paper to draw the eye to a simple embellishment and sentiment. I die-cut a flower and leaves, added a coordinating button to the center then white embossed the sentiment. A pre-fab flower and rub-on sentiment could be used to create this card in minutes.

(I used Have Faith and Flowers dies by Paper Smooches.)

Die-cuts as focal points

9. Die-cuts front and center

Use die-cuts as focal points. Simply die-cut shapes, adhere, stamp sentiment and add a few enamel dots or sequins as accents. To add an easy border, I stamped a row of dots along one side using the same color ink as card base.

(I used Dainty Flowers dies, Scripty Sayings and Borderlicious by Paper Smooches.)

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10 Comments

Jill

Wow! Great ideas and inspiration!

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Quick and Easy Card Ideas | Paper Cuts

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Barb

Thanks for the very cute ideas! The price of store-bought cards these days is out of control. Handmade cards are always appreciated and can save us a bundle.

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Mary-Anne V.

Awesome post …so many great ideas.

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Asmita Chavan

very much creative ideas!
Keep it on.

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Muriel Burt

Love your card ideas

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Becky Cronister

Was so blest and impressed by your talent. Thanks for sharing!

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