I’m trying to be a bit more organised and share my customer thank you cards and thank you gifts with you. To avoid disappointment for my customers I won’t start sharing until I know happy mail has started arriving at its destination. Because I have quite a lot of each to make, I have to keep my ideas quite simple but without losing the pleasure of surprise! I always use our Note Cards & Envelopes which are made with the Thick Whisper White Cardstock.
As you know, I now use my Stamparatus almost every day! It really comes into its own when I have a large number of cards to make. I know I’m always saying this but the Stamparatus really does blow all other stamp positioners right out of the water! So speaks someone who was always very anti-stamp positioners! To create these May 2020 thank you cards I was able to put the flower heads and the sentiment on one plate and the stem and leaves on the plate on the adjacent side. With this capability, I wouldn’t want to be without my Stamparatus!
When I’m setting up my Stamparatus, regardless if it’s for one card or multiple cards, I always cut several pieces of used computer paper to the same size as the cardstock I’m using. This gives me a chance, or two, or three, or more, to test whether I have my stamps positioned correctly particularly if I’m doing two-step stamping and also that I have the sentiment straight! I used the Field of Flowers Stamp Set for the flowers and the Path of Petals Stamp Set for the sentiment.
I chose Melon Mambo for the flowers and the sentiment and Granny Apple Green for the stem and leaves. When I send out my happy mail, I always send a newsletter with it so I can include the thank you card and envelope unused! The gift varies each month and I try to make the gift practical rather than always sending sweets. Sometimes the gift may be one packet or sachet of something which I see as a way my customer can sample something first so they know they can go and buy the product confidently knowing she’s going to be pleased with it…………..and hopefully not being disappointed with it and knowing to avoid buying a whole box! I put the gift into one of the retired White & Gold Striped Bags, folded the top over and held it closed with a retired Library Clip. To decorate the bag I decided to make a rosette! The cardstock I used was from some time ago and was available from one of the Christmas Catalogues. The paper had been dry-embossed and I felt it was too good to throw away and saved it! To make the rosettes, I took a 12″ x 12″ sheet and scored at every ½” and 1″. I turned the page over and scored at every ¼” and ¾”.
By making sure I had alternate scorelines mountain, valley, mountain etc. it made the cardstock much easier to fold. After scoring I cut the sheet into 1¼” strips with the score lines going from top to bottom on the long sides! I used Tombow to glue the two ends together. In preparation for glueing, I punched one 1½” circle for each rosette. Then I heated my Hot Glue Gun. I applied enough hot glue to cover most of the circle. I quickly folded the rosette into position and lifted it into position on the hot glue. Using my fingers, I pinched the rosette into shape and held it for a minute or two so the glue would start setting and getting a grip!
To decorate the rosette I stamped IT’S YOUR DAY from the A Good Man Stamp Set, using the Gold Delicata Ink that was in last year’s Christmas Catalogue. I put it to one side to dry while I die-cut a Gold Foil Scallop Circle using the Layering Circle Dies scallop no 3. When the Gold Ink was dry I die-cut the sentiment using the no. 1 circle die from the Stitched Shapes Dies. I used Tombow to glue the two circles together, but I used my hot Glue Gun to put the rosette on the bag as it needed a strong duty glue!
Once the rosette was in place, I realised I didn’t need to use the Library Clip, but I left it in place as it had created a mark on the bag! I hope you’ve enjoyed me sharing these with you today and would like me to share with you each month! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, take care, stay safe and happy crafting.