Card: Stamped & Embossed "Thank You"
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When I was growing up I remember my mother insisting that we write our thank you notes for our Christmas gifts during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. This was very wise of her because it kept us from procrastinating and/or not writing them at all. Nowadays we have the ease of email and can often send a thank you note immediately after receiving the gift. This is nice, but I try to send a paper thank you note as soon as possible, too. After all, the gift giver took the time to pick out the gift or to perform the thoughtful deed, so I am happy to take the time to send them a handwritten thank you note for their efforts.
Today's project is a simple thank you card that won't take you very long to make, but it still lets that special person know how much you appreciate their kindness.
For this particular card, I mostly used Close To My Heart supplies (see my disclosure page for more information). Let's first look at the "recipe" in order to gather supplies:
Card base: One sheet of White Daisy cardstock cut down to 4.25" x 11".
Card layers: One piece of blue cardstock from the Enchantment Combo Pack cut to 4" x 5.25" and one piece cut 2" x 1.5". One piece of the White Daisy cardstock cut to 2.25" x 1.75".
Stamps: Falling for You and Inspire Sentiments
Inks: White Daisy, VersaMark and Sapphire
Embellishments: Pearls - White and Clear Shimmer Brush
Embossing tools: White super fine embossing powder, craft heater and an Anti-static Powder Tool Adhesive: 3-D Foam Tape and Tombow Permanent Adhesive.
Tools: Corner rounder
Remember to save all your leftover pieces of cardstock when cutting them down, they can be used in future projects.
Putting the pieces all together...
Start by folding the 4.25" x 11" piece of cardstock in half. This is the card base.
Next, I stamped the sentiment inside the card base to allow it time to sit to the side and fully dry.
Now comes the fun part: decorating the two pieces of blue cardstock!
First I stamped and embossed the sentiment on the small piece of blue cardstock. Here's how:
Before stamping, in order to cut down on static so the embossing powder doesn't stick where I don't want it to, I used an anti-static powder tool to brush away the static on my small blue piece of cardstock.
Then it is time to stamp the sentiment using VersaMark ink,
cover the freshly stamped sentiment with the embossing powder,
tap off the extra powder, then use the craft heater to set the embossing powder to a nice shiny white.
Next I rounded the two right corners on both the small white and small blue cardstocks.
Now its time to add some interest with random stamping of shapes on the larger blue piece of cardstock.
Before removing my shape stamp from the block, I wiped it off with a baby wipe and then stamped an A2 envelope (such as these 100 White A2 Invitation Envelopes) with the Sapphire ink to match the card.
I continued to stamp a variety of shapes on both the larger piece of blue cardstock and on the envelope. Once stamped, I sat the larger blue cardstock aside to allow to dry completely.
While the larger blue cardstock piece is drying, I attached the two small pieces of cardstock together using the Tombow adhesive. Then I used the clear shimmer brush on the white edge.
Once the white stamping ink was dry, I attached the large stamped blue cardstock piece to the white cardstock base using the Tombow adhesive.
Using the foam tape, I attached the small sentiment to the front of the blue cardstock. This will add some dimension.
Time to add an embellishment, such as pearls! I always try to add the "lumpy" embellishments towards the end of the project so they have more time to dry if I am using a wet glue. For this project, however, the pearls come with adhesive on them already, so building order is not as much of an issue. I also like that these pearls come on a clear acetate so I can hold them over the card while still on the acetate in order to see where I want to place them.
And there you have it, a lovely "Thank You" card that will make the kind and thoughtful person in your life smile.
If I used a supply that isn't listed in the "recipe" above, be sure to look on my Supply Lists page, you will probably find it there. Thank you for reading my blog. If you have any questions, or comments, please post them in the comment section below.
Happy Paper Crafting!