Clean And Simple Border Cards

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I wanted to challenge myself to creating some clean and simple one layer cards.  I didn’t keep all these cards as one layer but they are all clean and simple.  And quite quick to make!  All these cards are 4.25 x 5.5 inches and all the supplies are listed at the end of this post.


Thanks Hearts

  • For this Thanks card, I had some beautiful Distress Inked smooshed card left over from another project, that I was able to die cut with a hearts die, and placed them in a stripe across the card.
  • I also die cut a Thanks from the same Distress Inked piece.
  • This is a great design for your cards.  It is a quick, easy and simple “one line” design to use.


Happy Anniversary

  • This is also an ink blended piece of watercolour card which I then die cut the hearts out.
  • To create the distressed background, I blended Pumice Stone into Peacock Feathers at a diagonal, which I flicked some water onto and blotted with a paper towel to get a textured look.
  • I cut the hearts die three times so I could place the hearts across the card.
  • To finish the card I stamped the sentiment above the hearts.
  • The hearts are diecut from smooth white cardstock and adhered “in-lay style”, into the negatives from the distressed panel.



  • I love creating distressed backgrounds.
  • For the above background, I blend Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar onto Mixed Media cardstock, flicked some water onto it and then blotted the water with a paper towel.
  • Using the heart border die twice to cut this panel apart and in-lay silver glitter paper cut with the same diecut.
  • Inking a piece of cardstock with Festive Berries, and die cut the crazy border die and the crazy die from smooth cardstock.
  • Also from smooth cardstock I die cut some extra hearts and used foam tape to adhere the three biggest hearts over the silver border.
  • I stamped “about you” in white pigment ink below the “crazy.”



Ranger /  Mixed Media Cardstock / Watercolour Paper / Multi Medium Matte / Mini Ink Blending Tool /
Bazzill Basics / Smooth cardstock
Tim Holtz / Distress Ink Pumice Stone / Peacock Feathers / Spun Sugar / Picked Raspberry / Festive Berries
Avery Elle / Simple Said Crazy stamp and die
Paper Smooches / Heart die / Thanks word die
Altenew / Watercolour Wonders stamp set / Painted Poppies stamp set / Half Tone Happy stamp set / Crisp Ink: Buttercream / Caramel Toffee / Ruby Red / Frayed Leaf / Forest Glade
Memento / Tuxedo Black ink
American Crafts / Jewel Cardstock Pad
DCWV / Glitzy Glitter Cardstock
Precision Tip / Glue Applicator
Lawn Fawn / Acrylic Block / Yeti ink


All the supplies used are available from our online shop.


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  1. Geraldine
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    Beautiful cards.

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