I needed to make a fairly formal thank you card for a friend of a friend that gave us some free professional advice. “Formal” and “elegant” are a little out of my wheelhouse so I was on Instagram looking for ideas. When I saw a card by Becca Neeley (@cards.by.becca), I thought it would be perfect. I don’t have the same supplies she used, so I used the Ruffled Flowers stamps and dies for one card and Scrapbook.com’s For Australia Digital Cut File with my Silhouette Cameo 3. When you purchase this Digital Cut File, 100% of the proceeds will be given to the Australian Red Cross Society to help people and animals in need.
Since I didn’t have silver metallic paper like Becca used, I sprayed some 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain from Ranger. This was my first time using it and WOW! In real life, the paper looks like metal. It’s stunning.
I used the Handwritten Thanks Die from The Stamp Market for both cards, cut out of 110lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I applied double sided adhesive sheet to the cardstock before die cutting to make it easy to glue down the thin sentiments.
For the first card, I stamped the Ruffled Flowers flower outlines with Versamark Ink and heat embossed them with Ranger Silver Embossing Powder. I then cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and added the sentiment. I didn’t want to add more color but I wanted a little more dimension, so I added a piece of white cardstock cut a little larger than the panel and added it between the card base and the panel.
For the second card, I cut one of the flowers from Scrapbook.com‘s For Australia Digital Cut File from silver foil cardstock (a scrap so no idea from which company :(). The smaller of the flowers was a challenge to get off the cutting mat because of the fine lines and some of the detail on the leaves was lost. Overall though, I was impressed with how it came out. I put some glue on a silicone mat and carefully tapped the diecuts onto the glue and then added them to the pewter panel. Here is where I made a big error. I ran the panel through my BigShot to make sure everything was glued down and, in the process, lost the shine of the foil and marked the foil with the cut lines in my cutting plates. I should have put some paper between the cutting plate and the foil diecuts.
The card base for this card is Fog from Lawn Fawn. I didn’t plan to cut two white mats for this card but when I added smaller mat, it seemed too small and the other one too big so I just added them both. I like the extra touch.
Now that I have the cards, I just need to get a gift card and actually get one in the mail. Why is it so hard to get cards in the mail on time? I know it’s not just me that makes cards and then doesn’t send them. Maybe it’s not too late to add “send more cards and send them on time” to my new year’s resolution list :).
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