Since it’s the time of year to be sending “Thank You” Cards (at least, my mom taught me to do that – I’m not always the most consistent with it, though!) I thought I’d share a card I made this week. I used the Mojo Monday Sketch 379 as my jumping-off point. You can see I didn’t jump TOO far, huh?
I chose the For All Things Stamp set – but it would easily work with any thank-you themed sentiment that you have in your arsenal!
I built my card front by starting with a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock. I started to use the wavy lines stamp from the Chalk Lines set, inking it up with Crushed Curry ink, for a tone-on effect. Well, guess what? Chalk Line only comes as a photopolymer set (which is my preferred option anyway – for multiple reasons) – and, if one is half-blind, then it’s apparently not too hard to stick the stamp UPSIDE DOWN onto the block. Which is exactly what I did – and I discovered it AFTER I made the first stamp on my cardstock. Well, I guess I’m
cheap FRUGAL enough that it hurt my soul to not use that piece of cardstock. So, I stamped all the way across with my “new” stamp and then I turned the stamp over to right-ways up and re-did it. And I decided that it looked like wood-grain and that I LIKED it (Hey, Mike-y….). Here’s how the background looked when I got done with it:
Just shows – ta- go – ya that sometimes good ideas come from mistakes (I heard that’s how Sticky Notes came to be – this is probably almost like THAT!). I’ll be remembering this for future cards where I want to add some subtle background texture.
I pulled some paper from my Color Me Autumn DSP to make my geometric shapes. The green piece, I ran through my Big Shot (one of my very FAVORITE tools!) with the Pretty Print Textured Embossing Folder. Then, because I’d just gotten my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers, I traced over the “writing” with the lightest colored marker. I thought it added a little sumpin’-sumpin’ to it. With the yellow square – which I’d trimmed with a pair of raggedy-edge scissors (pretty sure that’s not the actual name, but you can see what I meant!), I used the wheat stamp from the For All Things set. I inked it up with Pumpkin Pie ink, and then stamped it off on a piece of scrap paper. Then I stamped it twice without re-inking – and I did that a couple of times, randomly placed on the square. And then I decided it was good, and moved on! My sentiment is stamped with Old Olive and that square also has a Pumpkin Pie stamped-off-once-on-scrap-paper (that should be an acronym S.O3. S.P. or something) wheat sheaf. Then I sponged the edges of that square with more Pumpkin Pie ink, just to give it a little depth.
I adhered the three shapes onto the background mat with SNAIL. Then tied a length of Pumpkin Pie 1/8′ Taffeta ribbon around the whole thing, ending it with the much dreaded bow. Tacked the bow down with a tiny dot of glue and then added a few rhinestones for some bling. I used two larger ones and a small one – I don’t know why! Then I stuck the card front onto my card base with dimensionals.
On the inside, I did some more of my Old Olive S.O3.S.P.-ing with the wheat sheaf and then used a little leftover Pumpkin Pie taffeta to finish off my liner. And I stamped a Crumb Cake Medium envelope a few times with the wheat stamp as well.
Et voila! Done. Easy peasy – and I hope that you like it as much as I do!
And – on a slightly different note, my gi-hugic first Demonstator order came last night! Like Christmas all over again – so, I’m off to paw through everything, and pet my new toys. And start making cards with my Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalog items that were in my order. Whoo-hoo! If you haven’t seen those catalogs, you really MUST! Wonderful new items for the Spring – and the Sale-A-Bration (going on through 21 Mar) is a great way to score FREE stuff (I think I’ve mentioned that free is my favorite price!). So, be sure to check them out!
Here are the card cuts:
Cardstock and paper cuts for the project: 4″ x 5 1/4″ Cajun Craze CS (mat); 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Color Me Autums DSP (green); 3 1/4″ x # 1/4″ Color Me Autum DSP (yellow square); 1 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ Cream CS (sentiment square).
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