Easy Thank You Card Using Zero Stamps
This thank you card is for my sister, who ordered a whole set of thank you cards from me. This is one of the ones she ordered, not the one she will get for making an order. (That will be later. Shh!) I put together a card that was fairly simple, but elegant too. It’s easy to make just one or a hundred and one, or whatever number you need to make in between.
I love using thinlit dies for sentiments. They are so easy to make and require so little clean up! Well, there are some scraps to throw away, but there’s no stamps that need the ink scrubbed off! Plus, the sentiments are so big and bold they stand out really well.
Irresistibly Floral designer series paper saves a couple of stamping steps, too! It starts out as white cardstock with white images already embossed. All you have to do is add ink with a brayer, sponge, dauber, brush, or other tool.
Today’s card layout was inspired by Paper Players Challenge #314!
This is a great design, with so many possibilities! I did make some minor adjustments from the sketch to my card. I moved my panel over the the left side, reason being, when it was on the right, it looked like it was trying to cut off the end of the sentiment. On the other side, it seems more like it is giving the sentiment a friendly nudge to get started. I also decided that since my sentiment is so big, it counts as both the shape and the sentiment.
Easy, Zero Stamp Card Recipe (Serves 4)
I made four cards at once, which makes mass production easier. These directions are also for four cards at once. Adjust amounts accordingly to make a different number of cards.
- Make 4 Crumb Cake card bases. Cut two full sheets of paper in half, and score and crease each one at the halfway point.
- Make 4 Crumb Cake front panels. Cut a single sheet in quarters, then trim 1/4″ (0.6 cm) off one side and the bottom of each panel.
- Cut a piece of Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper the same height as the front panels from step 2 with a width of 6″ (16 cm).
- Add ink to the Irresistibly Floral paper. In this example, I used a sponge and circular rubbing motions to add stripes of blended color. From top to bottom I used Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo.
- Cut the newly colorful Irresistibly Floral paper into 4 even strips 1-1/2″ (4 cm) wide.
- Cut out 4 Basic Black “Thanks” sentiments using Hello You Thinlits.
- Adhere the stripes of Irresistibly Floral to the Crumb Cake front panels.
- Tie a piece of Basic Black baker’s twine around each front panel, knots in the back.
- Adhere the sentiments. Use either small dots of white glue or mini glue dots (folded in half if they are too large).
- Use dimensionals to adhere the front panels to the cards.
Cards look the most professional when they have crisp, straight lines.* This requires a good cutting tool with a sharp blade. If your blade is going dull, it will start to leave a fuzzy edge. Never fear! You can stretch out the life of your blades by trimming the fuzzy edges off with a scissors and a steady hand.
*Unless you are trying for a gorgeous grunge look, they you want distressed, but still straight, lines.
Side note: It just might be time for some new trimmer blades at my house.
Sunny Color Scheme
These colors come straight out of a sunset or sunrise. At this time of year, the sunrises and sunsets are almost perfectly timed with our commutes and have been especially beautiful the past week or so.
These colors are also an analogous color scheme, meaning they are all close together on the color wheel. This makes the inks really easy to blend together.
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Irresistibly Floral (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: dimensionals, sponge, Basic Black Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!