Friday, January 6, 2012

An Elegant Thank You

I hope everyone's Christmas & New Year's Eve/Day was lovely.  It was a quiet one at our house, but just as enjoyable.  My hubby & son, Cody, indulged me with some more wonderful crafting supplies, among other things, and my oldest son, Nathan was able to come out for a quick Christmas visit too, bringing me a cast iron teapot.  The best part of the season was getting to spend some family time together -- all of us!

It's been a while since I've been able to post, but I finally created a bit of space on my desk for a few projects I wanted to work on.  I'm working on another video to share soon, but in the meantime I thought I'd share a few elegant, wintry Thank You cards. 

I had some glittery, embossed cardstock (CS) scraps (Bo Bunny) that I wanted to be able to put to use after the holidays, and thank you cards were the perfect excuse.  I used white CS as my base, and for the wording I printed onto vellum, attaching it the cards with brads.  I found some great May Arts cording that went with the color scheme and made some simple cards.

For the "Thank You So Much" card, I added a small corner CS scrap to the upper right hand edge and then folded the CS over to reveal it, attaching with a brad.  I'm thinking a snowflake brad might've been a nice touch (if I had thought about it at the time).

The Criss-Cross card is another great way to use scraps.  I used a white CS base 12" x 4", scored at 3 1/2" & 8 1/2", then on each scored side I cut from the top of the score line to the bottom opposite corner - to create the triangle and folded on the score lines to criss-cross the card.  I added deco CS triangles to the front, leaving 1/8" and ran a line of glue on the bottom edge to hold in place.  The cording was tied around for a decorative element. 

The insert card is 4 7/8" x 3 1/2" with a slightly smaller white CS adhered to it.  I ran a Versamark pad around the edges of the CS and heat embossed Bridal embossing powder around the edges.  After it cooled I ran the Versamark pad around the edges again and this time heated embossed with clear embossing powder, which helped set the glittery bridal powder a bit better and gave it that glossed "wintry" effect. 

When I was going through my scraps I found this folded piece of CS that looked like it could've been a pocket, so I added a line of adhesive to the bottom and side to "make it so".  I made the tag using the same techniques as the insert card, and finished the tag card with three clear baubles/dew drops. 
TIP:  This is a good time to use up some of your Christmas cardstock -- if it's double sided paper, there's a good chance there's a great alternate print on the back for some easy cards, whether they be thank you, thinking of you, or even a seasonal birthday.

My favorite element is definitely the random melted embossing powders around the edges.  Sort of reminds me of melted icicles.  But of course the weather we're having today is in the 60' for now, this is as close as I'll get.  I'm sure winter will make a snowy showing anytime now...

Best wishes for a lovely weekend!  Lisa


  1. Lisa, these are all so very pretty! Love the glitter and design! How wonderful that you had you entire group together for the holidays! Wishing you the best for "2012."

  2. Beautiful! You're so very creative.

  3. So pretty, Lisa! I love the way you folded down that edge of the embossed paper to reveal what's beneath. These are lovely!

  4. So wonderful! Glad you were able to have your family with you at Christmas, it sounds lovely! We are in our new place but now I have to unpack the craft room.... yuck! Along with the rest of the house. LOL. You can see my priorities... Thanks for stopping by. take care, gerri


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