Dec 10 2009

Stamp Simply #117 – Alter a Purchased Card

Published by at 2 08 am under Christmas Cards,JustRite Products

Alter a Purchased Card – If you don’t have your Christmas cards done yet, it’s crunch time!  How about altering a store bought card to give it that hand made look and feel.  You can use a newly purchased card and alter it with a family photo, some embellishments, a stamped image — whatever!  OR you may take an old card, cut out portions you like, and use them to create a new card.  Just get some element on your card that WAS store bought at one time!!!  Fun!!!!

Keyword ssnotime117 – There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/or your Blog, anytime at all. You (and that means anyone and everyone, blogger or not!) can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

Check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these fabulous designers:

Please bear with us all as we each upload and link on Thursday night.  Everyone should be up and set by Friday morning.

You may see all SCS Gallery Submissions here.

And here’s my altered store bought card for this week:


Well, if this wasn’t quick and fun, taking advantage of a pretty Christmas card I received in the mail this week from a customer — thank you Helene!  Can you tell which is the store-bought portion?  Here are my layers:


Layer 1– starting from the bottom — my card base.  This card is 7.5 x 5.25″.  SU Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges outlined with my Krylon 18 kt. Gold Leafing Pen — SUPER easy to do.  Working on scrap paper, push your pen tip (like a wide marker) into the edge of the paper and draw the pen towards you.  The felt-like pen tip catches on the edge of the paper and your line comes perfectly straight, every time!!!

Layer 2– I cut a panel of plain cardstock 1/4″ smaller than the card base and covered it completely with DP.  I used Dear Santa by Kaiser.  I made use of the text on the DP, using it as added visual interest on top.  Then I wrapped 1.5″ Burgundy Striped Ribbon around the panel front, adhering on the back.

Layer 3 – This is the front of a purchased card that I cut off.  I loved the gold scalloped accent on it and knew that edging my panels with the Krylon 18 kt. Gold Leafing Pen would blend all my layers together nicely.

Layer 4 – This is a single layer sentiment I made by gold embossing a sentiment and border from A Merry Little Christmas by JustRite.  My only stamping, and quickly done!  This was cut using my Petite Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders.


Here’s a closer look at both the gold embossed sentiment/border from A Merry Little Christmas and at the two layers that I edged with the Krylon 18 kt. Gold Leafing Pen.



The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store offers the following items used to make this card:

A Merry Little Christmas by JustRite (all remaining Christmas sets in stock are 20% off)

1.5″ Burgundy Striped Ribbon by May Arts (all ribbon SPOOLS are 15% off)

Petite Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders

Krylon 18 kt. Gold Leafing Pen (available in 5 colors), Versa Mark Ink

Dear Santa DP  by Kaiser (sold out in 6 x 6, but still available in 12 x12.  Belle Christmas DP is still available in 6 x 6, as well as NEW Lilac Avenue for spring)


Thanks so much for stopping in tonight.  Hope you have time to play with us this week as we all try to finish up those cards we all need!  We are giving Mr. Linky a run tonight, so please link to Mr. Linky below and we’ll see how we like it!  I think it’ll be easier for us all to check out each others projects.

Editing:  I’m posting early tonight as I’m trying to get Mr. Linky to work — he is challenging me — I’ll keep trying —

Editing again:  Well, it’s Sunday now, but I think I FINALLY got Mr. Linky to work.  Due to my type of blog, the list only shows once clicked — so click on Mr. Linky, then you’ll see the list and place to add yours!

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Stamp Simply #117 – Alter a Purchased Card”

  1. Mercy Kerin says:

    this is gorgeous, sharon! what a terrific idea…gotta try this! 🙂

  2. Jerri Kay says:

    I’m guessing, knowing your love of coloring, that the holly leaves is the store bought portion of the card . . . LOL! It’s absolutely gorgeous Sharon!

  3. michellegall says:

    hi love this idea i am glad you are back i miss you when there nothing new i am a stamp simply junkie he he he i need to get more ideas so i look forward to your blog i am doing my xmas card now yes iam a little late but i couldent figure out what to do well the blizard snowed us in so it made me get creative real quick lol i got bored in the house thank sharon for the inspration hi from across the street

  4. Jenny Gropp says:

    Great challenge – I totally enjoyed this project, Sharon…. love your creation! Beautifully done!

  5. AJ says:

    Sharon- very nice!! LOVE the golf edges- I will need to get one of those pens and give it a try! Thanks for the challenge! Have a great weekend!

  6. Angela says:

    Hi Sharon, This was a fun challenge. It is amazing what can be done with a “plain” store bought card to make it more personal.

    Here is my card:

    Thanks for letting me play along


  7. Sharon, this is beautiful! Everything coordinates so perfectly! I would NOT have known what was the store-bought part if you hadn’t shown the original card! Fabulous design, and FUN challenge!

  8. Hazel says:

    great challenge – my card is here x

  9. Nancy says:

    Great challenge; hope I can get in on this one! Love your altered card. Wonderful job, as always!

  10. barb schram says:

    Perfct, Sharon! I love the gold leafing around the sentiment! Such a classy card! I am loving this challenge!!!

  11. Deb Saaranen says:

    Love your additions to this very pretty card! Makes it sooo gorgeous!

  12. Oh my heavens Sharon! This is just stunning!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous, Sharon! Fun challenge, as always!

  14. Carol L says:

    This challenge was perfect for me to utilize those beautiful card front samples we’ve been receiving in the mail for years! Thanks for creating such a useful, and fun challenge! Your card is amazing and so creative! TFS! You can find my card here:

  15. teresa kline says:

    thanks Sharon for the challenge, I needed this one…lol.

    here is my altered card

  16. SmilynStef says:

    I haven’t played along in a while … I ended up recycling the backs of last year’s office holiday cards for my design … the papers were such good quality, I just flipped them over and stamped on the backs.

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