Sunday, September 28, 2008

Mass produced Thank You cards

I had family visiting this past week, all of you military folks out there know how special it is when you have visitors, because it doesn't happen often enough.  Anyhow, they left yesterday, so today I needed to make some thank you cards.  Some of the people who read my blog do not craft (crazy I know!) so today I am walking you through my thinking process when I make a card.

So because I have to make more than one card, I am going to mass produce.  I went and got one 12x12 sheet of cardstock (bazzill) at the bottom cut off a 4x12 inch slice (then cut 4 inches off of it so its 4x8) Go back to the  sheet and its now a 12x8 inches, which will give you 3 more 4x8 inch pieces of paper.  Just so you are not lost, you should have 4 pieces of paper that are 4x8 inches and then an extra piece that is 4 inches square (put that in scrap pile)  Score the 4 sheets at 4 inches.  This will now give you 4, four inch square card bases.  Still with me?

Now go and get your favorite background stamp and stamp directly on the card base, this is what mine looks like:
Stamp all of your card bases and then get out some of your favorite paper that matches your card base.  I am using Graphic 45 designer paper, its double sided so everything coordinates.  I am only putting the dp on half of the card so the size is 2inches by 3 7/8 inches.
I plan on paper piecing my flower image onto the designer paper, so I stamped the image four times on white card stock and then four times onto the designer paper.  I like to color, so I chose an image that requires lots of it.  I only color in the edges on the designer paper just so that it appears the whole thing is colored in from the side, and then color in the complete image that was stamped on the white card stock.  I cut it out and then get it ready to place on top of the same image on the designer paper.  If you don't like to color, just pick out a solid stamp image or one that doesn't require too much coloring.
The stem of the flower is really thin, so I used Tombo Multi liquid adhesive along the bottom of the stem and a little bit up the leaves.  I put dimmensionals on the flower part, because I want it popped up.  Dimmensionals are also known as pop up dots.
I layered the designer paper onto a piece of dark chocolate card stock.  I found adding a darker color makes the image pop.  I then placed the flower on top of the stamped flower image.  I want to run ribbon through this piece of paper so I punched a hole, using the horizontal slot punch (from Stampin Up).
Assemble it all together and this is what you have~
I didn't feel like tying a bow so I just made a pretty knot
All images are from the Thank You stamp set from Flourishes LLC.  I used Espresso Adirondack ink, Graphic 45 designer paper, Copic markers, Polka Dotted Dark Chocolate ribbon from PTI


Chris said...

thanks for the step-by-step..i was a little overwhelmed by the whole process to be honest with you...[LMAO] gorgeous cards!!

ronee said...

have to love the mass production! they came out great!

Alexandra said...

I see Chris is being funny this morning *wink* - love your cards, they came out beautiful!!!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Gorgeous cards! I think the detail cutting would be too much for me just because it's too time consuming. I really love this though! Great instructions!

Get out that Cricut and use it! I challenge you to cut something this week and create something with the cut!!

Jen said...

This card is stunning!

Shirl Martin said...

Wow! How nice that you gave step by step and explained why you use this or that.
thank you!

Marlou said...

stunning cards Latisha, great to have them ready when you need one :) x

Gretchen said...

Beautiful cards! I like to mass produse too- how long did these take you?

stampinc said...

Fabulous cards. They will just love these.

Allison said...

These are beautiful...super job!

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