Hello! One of many questions I get from you guys is how to create elegant cards with minimal supplies. So today, I thought I’d share a tutorial showing exactly this!

I am playing with some new goodies from Spellbinders to create an elegant focal point for a card. I fell in love the moment I saw this Sparrow stamp & die set by Stephanie Low, and knew exactly what I wanted to do!

You can see how this card comes together in a very simple & quick way in the video tutorial below.


Since these images are very detailed, embossing them with super fine embossing powders does a perfect job capturing every line and give a boost with the gold. This makes not only a great card for femalesย but also makes a perfect one for males in your life!

When creating a focal point with a lot of details, you want to keep the background really subtle and soft. Doing a tone to tone background stamping is a great way to add interest behind your focal point elements while setting a tone for your projects. I used a light gray cardstock and ink pad for the background.

I hope you give this a try! This technique is a great one to try especially if you are just getting into cardmaking!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, orย AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!

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  1. I love this idea. Can use it with lots of different stamps and occasions; male or female cards. Very simple yet effective. Love the subtle background.

  2. Love this technique, the gold embossing makes for a striking and beautiful focal point!

  3. beautiful and elegant! Thank you for showing us something you can do with limited supplies. I don’t have a lot yet, nor the money to buy a lot so its very nice to see an example that I actually have the supplies for!