Hello! The new Creative Fingers Challenge is now underway. That past month has just flown by!

This month, I decided to make a quick and easy masculine card, using an image from one of my own challenge blog’s sponsors, Fred She Said. I needed a quick birthday card to pop in the post and had a mental block on what to make. I decided to browse Pinterest, as we cardmakers tend to do when in need of inspiration. I ended up creating a small board specifically for the Fred She Said’s Old Truck.

After browsing my Pinterest board for a bit, I decided to CASE one design with patterned papers used in another to create something easily on my free Avery software program. I had some great digital papers from Harper Finch that would be perfect for this creation. I chose the gingham from the Winter Chill pack and two additional papers from the Snowflakes pack to work in with the blue Fred She Said’s Old Truck.

To start my work, I cropped the blue gingham paper ready to use on a 5″×7″ card base. I also cropped the two other patterned papers to the size I wanted to layer at the same time. Doing this digitally is a really practical and economical way of using digital papers. Because these papers are originally sized to 12″ square, the pattern on the papers can be a little large for a card if I just printed them out as they are. Cropping the patterned segment I want allows me to resize the pattern to suit a card. I also only need to print the particular piece of paper I’m going to use, saving both on printing toner and cardstock, as well as not having the need to store excess printed paper in my “always strapped for space” craft room.

There’s another benefit of using the free Avery software program. It allows me to add digital borders to images so, instead of needing to matt multiple pieces of patterned and plain papers, I’m able to create a two layer look from just a single print in the same way I would print a regular photo with a frame.

I printed the three pieces of patterned paper, the Fred She Said’s Old Truck and a small sentiment, using the Avery program. I then trimmed each piece down to size and inked the edges of each piece with a black Memento marker. I just added each piece of patterned paper with acid free white glue, while I added the Fred She Said’s Old Truck and sentiment with some double sided foam tape. With that, my card was complete and ready to slip easily into the post.

After not initially not having a clue what to make, I’m really pleased with my creation and a little bit of planning made it a really fast make. Don’t forget to check out the new Creative Fingers Challenge and add an entry or two! Thanks so much for spending time with me today, I look forward to next time. 😊


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