Monday, August 24, 2020

What's Up With Slimline Cards?

Hey there crafty friends! One of my favorite card making trends are slimline cards. Have you seen them? Have you made them? Do you know what they are and what makes them fantastic? Let's take a look at a slimline card idea and I'll tell you all about it. Ready?

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What's Up With Slimline Cards? Have you joined in this new card making trend? I'll share all the basics with you, plus a fun and colorful butterfly card made with stamps from Impression Obsession #iostamps #slimlinecards

So What IS a Slimline Card?

A "normal" handmade card is 4.25x5.5 inches that fits in an invitation style envelope. It's a basic format and size that many of us have gotten used to. But a slimline card is like making a whole different thing - a slimline card measures 8.5x3.5 inches. It's tall and skinny - and the best part of this format is that it fits in a standard business envelope. 

Everything about crafting a slimline card feels different in a fresh and fun way. Sentiments fit differently, and a layout that works with a standard card, feels totally different on a slimline card. You'll find different ways to interact with your stamps and sentiments. These cards can be great for making scenes (and don't forget, you can turn your slimline card longways too!) For today's card, I scattered these large polka dotted butterflies across my card - I'd never fit this many of them on a standard card, so this was a fun look! 
Handmade card making ideas - slimline cards! have you made a slimline card before? If you love making handmade cards you'll love this fresh size and format for card making. Click to see all the basics on crafting up a slimline card, plus get the details on this polka dotted butterfly card, using stamps from Impression Obsession.
Let's talk for a second about these butterflies. I used an FSJ Create-a-Palette ink pad to add color to my images. It's a blank ink pad that allows five different colors of re-inker to be added to it. I used shades of yellow, orange, and pink for my ombre butterflies. Then to add a little extra shine, I cleaned my stamp, and stamped right over the top of each butterfly with clear pigment ink, and added clear embossing powder. The clear heat embossing adds a shiny finish and brings out the brightness of the ink. A black embossed sentiment and black enamel dots finished off the card.

SO - what do you think? Will you try out a slimline card? I'd love to see what you create, and I'd love to chat with you about slimline cards, so be sure to leave a comment with your ideas and questions! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Update!!! If you love the idea of slimline cards, check out these new Slimline Rubber Stamps from Impression Obsession! We're adding to the collection of stamps for all seasons!
Slimline Cards! Who's made them? This fun and fresh card making trend is on my blog today. Get all the basic info plus find out about this polka dotted butterfly card, made with stamps from Impression Obsession. #handmadecards #slimlinecard #butterflies

Today is Old is New Day at Impression Obsession, where we celebrate the best loved oldies-but-goodies in our stamp stash that need a little inky playtime. Be sure to stop by the Impression Obsession blog to see all of the designers who are participating in Old Is New day today. I just know they have some cute projects to share with us! 

ALSO: Don't forget, our Summer Fun challenge is still going on - get the details and link up your card HERE

Supplies on Today's Card:

Would you like to see another card made with the Dotted Butterfly? This shows the difference between a standard card and a slimline card with the same butterfly. Find the entire blog post here:

Dotted Butterfly Thank You Card with Impression Obsession stamps

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Vicki G said...


TLady said...

Hmmm, Is I.O. coming out with the Slim Line Dies, Laura???? I have made a few, & DO enjoy them for scenes. I NEED to try more though, in different ways! Like your BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES!!! ;)<3

Tricia H. said...

Gorgeous card! I was hoping to learn about how to mail them, and possibly dimensions of envelopes to make as well. Thanks!