Yesterday I used my Stamparatus to mass-produce lots of thank you cards. Not only do I need them to put into my June online customers Happy Mail but I always like to put an unused thank you card in with catalogues I send out. Plus I wanted some to put in the parcels of products crafters have bought from my Aladdin’s Cave of Retired SU Products.
When I was working on my thank you cards I cut some used computer paper to measure 7″ x 5″, i.e. the same size as our notecards. Then I used these sheets as my practice sheets to work out what colours I wanted for my design. Once I was happy I was able to go straight onto my cards without wasting any! I did the same with my card for today! I took a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) from the box. I’m not sure what size it was but at a guess, I’d say it was 5″ x 6″. I’m saying this because I took some left-over sheets of computer sheets I’d prepared but didn’t use for the thank you cards. I had to shorten them on the long side by about an inch! Again, I used my Stamparatus and tried various greens and various reds and pinks. When I had stamped one row, I turned the paper round 180° and tried a different set of colours. It took several attempts until I was happy during which time I grew to like the design of the grass and flowers one top and one bottom. I changed over to my large piece of Whisper White CS and stamped the images for real. Using Granny Apple Green, I stamped the first grass image, and then I stamped it again to make sure the colour was intense. Next, I stamped the flowers using Real Red Ink. The flower stamp is approximately half the length of the grass stamp so I took my plate out and moved it along two notches and stamped it again. When I had done, I turned the cardstock around 180° and repeated the process.
I knew I wanted the width to be the same width as a regular top layer, i.e. 3.75″ but I wasn’t sure about the height. I cut it down in size slowly, slowly, making sure the gap between the top of the tallest piece of grass was the same on the top and the bottom. My final piece measured 3.25″ tall. I layered it onto a piece of Real Red CS leaving 1/8″ gap top and bottom but going edge to edge on the sides. Before I adhered my image to the regular-sized top layer, I embossed it using the 3D Ornate Floral Embossing Folder. I used a half-inch strip of Real Red CS across the gap between the upper and lower images. For the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment, which is from the Zany Zebras Stamp Set, I cut a 3/8″ piece of Whisper White CS and stamped it in the centre using Granny Apple Green Ink.
I finished the front of the card by adding Red Rhinestones (146924) on the largest flowers. When I ran out of the Red Rhinestones I painted some of my Basic Rhinestones using my Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blend. I didn’t have any idea about decorating the inside of the card so I adhered a middle layer of Real Red CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS, and left it at that. For now! 😀
That’s it from me for now. Don’t forget you will now get Bonus Coupons for orders over €60/£45 before delivery charge which you’ll be able to use on the Christmas catalogue which goes live on 4th August! Sounds like a good plan to me! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, please take care, stay safe and happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for JULY 2020 is 3SYQSWFB. Thank you. xx