Happy Boxing Day / St Stephens Day, my friends! I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas day with good food, good company and lots of presents. And now it's time to say "Thank You" for those gift vouchers, perfumes, hats, socks, pyjamas, scented candles and ugly sweaters!
My "thank you"s come in the shape of little 3.5" square notes cards. These cards are the perfect size for those little stamps on most Chocolate Baroque stamp sheets which are often overlooked or dismissed to the background on a standard sized card. It's time for these little guys to take centre stage.
I try to keep my thank you notes simple, quick to make and fast to reproduce. But I also make sure there are some that look more elaborate which I save for a few very special people.
The sentiments used in these projects come from the Pretty Poppies A5 sheet, as they are just the right size for note cards ... and, believe it or not (and to my horror!), I don't have any gratitude themed stamps by Chocolate Baroque!
The first card features the little robin from the Snowy Scenes A5 sheet. I heat embossed the snowflakes in WOW Silver and the "thanks" in WOW Bright White. The image is quickly coloured with Graph'It alcohol markers (no fancy blending) and fussy cut - an activity I find very therapeutic!
The GI colours are: Coral, Tomato, Havana, Cigar, Tuscany and Lime.
This card features the little baubles from Hearth and Home - which I am using for the first time. Like I said, these little stamps are often forgotten. Here they are heat embossed in WOW Gold Pearl and given a little colour with Caran 'Ache SupraColor Soft watercolour pencils. I also embossed the greeting in WOW Bright White. The corners of the card base are rounded with WRMK 1/2" Corner Chomper, then I traced around with a Gold Sharpie and coloured in the white space with Caran d'Ache SupraColor II Metallic Gold pencil.
I cut out a circle and scalloped circle with Spellbinder dies. With the oversized die-cuts, the card is taking on a different shape, which I thought was fun. I adhered the baubles with foam tape and did some faux stitching with Signo Uniball White gel pen.
My last sample is the easiest of the lot and you can churn these out in no time. It took me 12min and 43seconds to make each card ... and I am by no means a speedy crafter! LOL. I blended Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean for the background and stamped the little tree from the Pears and Baubles A4 sheet with VersaColor Tropical Green. I made little dots with a Versamarker pen and did some heat embossing in WOW White Pearl for the falling snow. And for a pop of colour, I made 2 slits at the tree trunk, threaded some red ribbon through it and tied a knot. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Majestic Blue.
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So there you have it - my thank you cards for this year. With three different styles and colours, I hope you'll take away some ideas from here to make yours. Remember, you don't have to make them fussy, fancy or elaborate. It's the thought that counts and a simple gesture can mean so much.
Thank you for stopping by. Carry on with the festive merriment, friends and I'll see you again soon.
Happy Holidays and here's to a Fun and Prosperous 2015 to all!