After the craft supply store and the dollar store, the most dangerous place for me to set foot is the office supply store.  I could spend a small fortune on piles and piles of paper, folders, stickers, envelopes, paper clips…  Not to mention the incredible things you can do with the self-serve copy machines, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post!  I was digging around in the office supply portion of my stash and I found a couple of packages of stickers.  Just plain ol’ dot stickers: a set of color coding labels and a stack of hole reinforcements.  I’m still in the process of restocking my selection of handmade greeting cards, so I used them to make up a few super-easy cards.

Project estimate:

  • Paper, on hand or $1
  • Color coding label stickers, on hand or $1
  • Hole reinforcement stickers, on hand or $1
  • Additional stickers (optional), on hand or $1 and up

Total:  Free and up

For this project, all you need are a couple of different kinds of dot stickers and some heavy paper.  That’s it!   I used some Avery color coding labels in primary colors and plain white hole reinforcements because I happened to have them on hand.   I also have a huge excess of black card stock left over from another project, which I like for card  making because it gives me an excuse to break out the gel pen collection!

To make the cards,  fold a piece of paper in the desired size (I used an 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper cut in half, then folded), then place the stickers in a design on the front of the card.  For these two cards, I used all one kind of dot sticker.  Experiment with different placements (in straight lines, completely random, or somewhere in between) to get completely different looks.

I really like the look of combining the hole reinforcements over the top of the colored dots.  Keep playing around with different combinations and placements to get dozens of looks out of the same few materials!

If you like, you can also add other stickers or embellishments as well.  I used an adorable little owl sticker to give the front of this card, which was rather busy with just dots, a clear focal point.  There are so, so many possible designs, and these cards are so quick and easy that they’re great for making in large numbers or at the last minute!