Maybe I’m a little old fashioned, but I still write “thank you” cards. The new way to say thank you is just in-person or by text. However, there is nothing more meaningful to me than receiving a nice thank you card, especially if the effort I’m being thanked for took me more than an hour of my time, or any expense.
The card I’m sharing with you today is from Stampin’ UP! using their Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP). I also used the Frosted Bouquet Framelit Dies for the “Thank You.”
This card is harder than it looks. At first, I thought it was going to be a quick, easy card. However, the challenge comes in cutting the SDSP pieces just the right size to have an even frame around them, backed by the Tranquil Tide paper. Maybe there is a trick I haven’t learned yet, but that part was difficult for me.
Once in awhile a card will throw us a little challenge. This one sure did that to me! But, I am truly thankful for the people in my life that appreciate my efforts, and I always want to be sure to tell them, by sending a nice thank you card.
Since this week includes Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share a couple of ideas from the Stampin’ Up! “Sealed with Love” set that I’ve recently made. It’s always fun to send a quick note to someone you love, especially for Valentine’s Day! These cards include the “Sealed with Love” Stamp set, as well as the “Love Notes” framelit dies. I used Real Red paper and Whisper White, both from Stampin’ Up! The heart paper is their’s as well, from the Sending Love Paper Stack.
The design idea came from Robyn Cardon at mypinkstamper.com. On her card she used two of the little envelopes, which were so cute. But, I wanted to add a few other embellishments, so I just used one. This card was a huge hit at Stamp Camp!
I also teach a group of young girls at our church. We meet every other week for an activity. Since we are getting close to Valentine’s Day, the girls are planning a Daddy/Daughter/Dessert activity. This is the invitation that the girls took home to give to their dad’s.
The back of the invitation included another stitched white piece with the details of the event printed. One of the special parts of this invitation is that I was fortunate enough to find the cute little heart shaped paper clips from simonsaysstamp.com. I felt so lucky to find them, as they added just that extra finishing touch to the card! I love the little specialty shops like Simon Says STAMP! for those little added details.
Framing your card provides a sleek and nicely finished look. This “Happy Birthday” card is the perfect example with LOTS of framing! Using the Stampin’ Up! Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, the cardstock colors of Pool Party, Soft Suede, and Blushing Bride, this card really coordinates together.
Notice that the outside frame is about 1/8th inch all the way around, while the inside frames are only 1/16th of an inch. By beginning bigger and working in with a smaller frame, the eye is drawn to the center of the card, and then to the saying, “Wishing you a Happy Birthday!” Also, the larger print is used on the outside (ice cream cones), where the smaller polk-a-dots are used inside. Again, this draws the eye to the middle of the card. Framing is just one more way to help your card feel a little more classy and unique.
Last fall, I decided to start a cardmaking group with the ladies in my neighborhood. Winter can be long and cold, but enjoying a day of cardmaking with friends, along with some warm soup really helps the dreary months go by quickly. So, I gathered the “hens” together and off we went on a cardmaking adventure together. Some of the ladies had made cards or scrapbooked before, while others had never done either.
This is one of our first cards! Fortunately, I had everything to make 10 kits of this card, so that made it pretty easy. However, one item I just couldn’t find anyplace was the small round paperclip. Fortunately, Dollar Tree had them! I was thrilled!! Sometimes, it’s just the little things like that that make your day! Just like a few friends coming over to make cards, socialize, and enjoy a bit of soup during the winter months.
This card is a great example of a creation that needed a little bit of help! Looking back on the layout, and the paper I used, I might adjust just a couple of things to make the card a little more pleasing to the eye.
First, although I LOVE Stampin’ Up!‘s variety of beautiful colors. Here the top layer of Whisper White is not quite thick enough. Notice that the printed paper underneath the white shows through. Recently, I learned about a paper called Neenah, Classic Crest Cover, in Solar White. This paper is a beautiful white color, but is thick enough not to show through anything underneath. Sometimes your paper just needs a slip under it’s skirt, right! But, Neenah is like a skirt that’s thick enough that you don’t need a slip! Yay!
Second, the cut out succulents are just plain. They almost feel more like some kind of sea creature, rather than flowers and leaves. In order to match the printed paper more carefully, it would have been better for me to use the coordinating stems and centers for the flowers from the Stampin’ Up! Botanical Blooms stamp set. They would have made a big difference.
Finally, to the upper right of the saying, it looks empty. Here I should have added a couple of more accents. Or, kept the green leaf to the left, and arranged the two flowers together at the upper right. This would also have covered up the area where there is a connection in the printed paper underneath.
So, the moral of this short story is, don’t skimp when you are putting your card together. Use high quality paper, and take time to fix the flaws. It will make all the difference!
I personally prefer a card that is simplistic and colorful. While there are thousands of embellishments, ribbons, and prints on paper that make a card pretty, my preference is simple. This card is simply stated, yet uses complimentary colors to say just what I wanted – “Wishing you Well.”
Using the Wishing You Well stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, I gathered cardstock in Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss. The printed paper comes from the Stampin’ Up! WildFlower Fields set. Tying my bouquet with a small piece of jute finishes it off perfectly!
“Thank you” for joining me! As the card above expresses, I am so thankful for the opportunity to share ideas with you on how to make your own handmade cards for your family and friends. This is a hobby that I have enjoyed for over 20 years. Cardmaking is an inexpensive creative outlet, that has a purpose. Handmade cards express more than a store-bought card. By using your own creativity and imagination, you can create a card that fits the personality of the person you want to give it to. You can match the gift bag or wrapping paper, or even the gift inside. This personalized giving is much more meaningful to the receiver, and a lot more fun as the giver, offering delightful purpose to your gift. Handmade cards are also much less expensive, and let’s face it, we all want to save a little money nowadays! So let’s get started!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton