Each month, when I create my customers thank you cards and gifts, I try to make them both co-ordinate. I achieved this with my creations for my January online customers and used the Happy Hedgehog Stamp Set and the matching Hedgehog Builder Punch. Both of these products are available as the Happy Hedgehogs Bundle (157985) in the Mini Spring/Summer catalogue on page 64. There’s a 10% discount when these two products are purchased as a bundle! I generally start by making the cards first using our Note Cards & Envelopes (Basic White 159232; Very Vanilla 144236). They come in a pack of 20 with matching envelopes and the cards are made with our Thick Basic White and Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS). Each month I make a few extra thank you cards so I can use my left-overs to send one with any catalogues I’m requested to send out.
To create my image, I set up my Stamparatus for the flower and chose the sentiment IT’S SO NICE OF YOU TO BE SO NICE. This was a bit of a deviation for me because I always use THANKS or THANK YOU. I lined the sentiment up on the same plate as the flower and stamped straight onto my required number of cards plus a few extra using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Next I lined the hedgehog up on my Stamparatus and stamped twice the amount I needed for my cards because my plan included using them on the handmade thank you gifts as well. I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to colour my flower image i.e. Granny Apple Green for the leaves, stem and grass and Crushed Curry for the centre of the flowers. I varied the colours in batches of the colours using Fresh Freesia, Purple Posy or Highland Heather. I chose the markers rather than the Blends because the blends bleed through the cardstock. I’ve tried sharing individual photographs to show the different mauves but they all look the same! LOL! You can see the difference on the photographs of three cards.
When it came to colouring the hedgehogs I used my Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend which I knew would bleed through to the back but I find colouring with Blends is quicker and easier. To cover the bleed I punched out enough Basic White CS hedgehogs to adhere on their backs to cover the bleed. The back of the hedgehog isn’t easily visible from the back when it’s popped up on Dimensional but I prefer not to take a chance and feel that it’s a small extra step to add the hedgehog backing I think is worth it.
The gifts I made contained a plain white ladies cotton handkerchief. I made the box using a design I saw on a Chic’n’Scratch video which I made a lot smaller. These are the instructions:
1). Take a piece of Basic Black CS which measured 9½” x 5½”.
2). On the portrait side score at ½” & ¾”. Turn the cardstock 180°and repeat. On the landscape side, score at 3″ & 3¼”.Turn the cardstock 180°and repeat.
3). Cut along the ¾” as far as the 3″ score line. Repeat on all four sides and remove cut section.
4). Cut along the 3″ score line as far as the first cut line and remove section. Do this on all four sides.
5). Cut along 3¼” score line down as far as ¾” score line. This will give you a tab that is ¾” x ¼”. Do this on all four sections
6) Cut all these small tabs along the ½” score line.
7). Fold on all score line and adhere the four small tabs on the two flaps. Do NOT adhere either side down.
8). To decorate, adhere a piece of 6″ ribbon on one side of the back panel. Add another piece of 6″ ribbon on the edge of the front panel that meets up with the back panel that has the ribbon. NOTE: You need these two pieces next to each other when you close the box so you can tie the two pieces of ribbon together to make a bow.
9). Take two pieces of Designer Series Paper which measure 3¾” x 2¾”. Adhere one on the back panel to cover the end of the ribbon and the second piece on the front panel to cover the end of the second ribbon. (Alternative method: take one piece of ribbon about 17″ long and tie it around the box – before adhering the DSP – and tie in a bow at the bow opening. Adhere the two pieces of DSP over the ribbon. This way is easier but uses an extra 5″ of ribbon!).
10). Fold handkerchief so it fits comfortable in the box and tie the bow.
11). I die cut a Basic White CS circle using the straight cut die no 5 from the Layering Circle Dies and adhered it to a Basic Black CS die-cut circle using the no 6 straight cut die from the same set of dies. I have a lot of embossed scraps of Basic White CS that I used for my circles – they look good but it is an optional extra.
12). I finished off with a hedgehog that I stamped, coloured, punched and added a liner to cover the ink that had bled through in the same way I made the hedgehogs for my cards. I adhered them to the circles using Dimensionals and then adhered the completed image with Tombow.
That’s about it from today. Watch out for another blog later today with another Stampin’ Up! Promotion! Take care and stay safe. I’ll be back again soon. Happy crafting!
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