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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thank You Cards You're Going To Love

I don't know about you but I'm always running out of thank you cards and I like to have a large variety on hand to cover any situation that arises. My mom always taught me that one of the most important things in life is showing your gratitude for a gift, a good deed or just because.  She also taught me not to wait to express that gratitude. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy thank you card sketches and designs that I can use. 

On a recent search of Youtube I found four fun Thank You cards designed by Connie Stewart and Josee Smuck in their Simply Stampin Stampin Gals Gone Wild Wednesday series. This is a great inspirational site.  Connie is an American Demo and Josee Smuck is her Canadian counterpart.  

I never like to waste cardstock, it's so precious, so what really intriqued me about these cards which feature the Secret Garden and Oval Framelits is that you can make four cards from one card concept and use up most of the scraps.  

Is it any wonder I fell in love with the quick and easy design of these cards and wanted to CASE them?  I only changed one thing when I made them the first time - I left off a bow on the first card because I wanted cards that mailed flat.  
Card One is a top fold card featuring an oval window which shows off the inside of the card.  Both the dimensional flowers and the "Thank You" sentiment make a bold image. After stamping with the Another Thank You stamp set, I've simply fallen in love with it.  So stay tuned, you'll probably be seeing a lot more cards from me with this sentiment, or one of the other 9 from the set.   

For the inside of the orange card I stamped the "Thank You" image first and then added the flower and one stamped leaf, which hid a little ink smudge (don't tell anyone!).  In retrospect I think I would use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up flowers and leaves and stamp the images on the cardstock and then add a couple of dimensional flowers. It might add a little more depth doing it that way.

This is the inside view of the Old Olive card.  

Card Two  is a Gatefold Card that is constructed with the left over ovals from the first card to create the "latch".  

This view shows the two cards.  It would have been super easy to do a change-up by adhering the flowers on the second card on the opposite side, or a different configuration.   

Here is a view of the card's interior.  It's stamped with Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp set and images from Secret Garden.  

Here's a closeup of the oval latch .  I stamped an additional flower and adhered it to the back side of the oval to give it a more finished look.   

Here you can see how the gatefold closes oval over oval.  The Old Olive oval tucks in behind the yellow flower on the bottom of the card and this helps keep the card face closed.  


Card Stock: Old Olive, Whisper White and Tangerine Tango

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Star Fruit, Raspberry Ripple

Stamp Sets: Another Thank You Photopolymer set, Secret Garden

Secret Garden Stamp Set  Clear Mount#129144 Price: $22.95 or Wood Mount #131940 Price $31.95.This 7-piece set is perfect for spring and summer motifs. Coordinates with our Secret Garden Framelits Dies.

Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set #133454 Price: $16.95. Use this exclusive 10 piece photopolymer stamp set for any occasion that calls for a thank you. Stampin' Up! recommends clear block sizes A, B, C, D, and F (not included in the set).
Accessories:  Oval Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Trimmer, Large Rhinestones, adhesive, dimensionals.

Well that's it for today stampers.  I hope you've liked these cards too and that you'll try out this fun technique for yourself.  Just watch the video as noted above.   Leave me a comment if you enjoyed this post.  



Heather Hopson said...

Hi Penny,
Your Thank You cards are beautiful. Like you said you can never have too many of them.
Heather H

Annie Lee said...

Oooh... I love these!!!

paper bag create said...

GORGEOUS cards! Have to add these on my to do list! Thanks girlfriend! :)