Good morning my fabulous crafty friends! Today I want to share with you a fast and simple thank you card! I was recently asked to produce a set of 65 thank you cards for an organization that is near & dear to my heart: Streetdog Foundation, a local dog rescue. It was essential for me to both maximize time and create a large set of meaningful thank you cards, in their signature purple & orange. I hope you enjoy following along with me on this project!
First, gather your papers, your Brutus Monroe stamps, stamp block, inks, and cardstock, plus your basic tools: Trimmer, X-Acto knife, adhesive, and pop-dots.
To begin, trim your base layer cardstock (Bazzill Cardstock in Dotted Swiss texture) to 4.25” x 5.5”. Trim your patterned paper of choice (Recollections) into 4” squares. Now trim your remaining cardstock (Bazzill) into 3.35” and 3.00” squares.
We are almost ready to stamp! Grab your Brutus Monroe Butterfly Sentiments stamp set and your X-Acto knife. For this card I want to give a subtle reminder what Streetdog Foundation specializes in….finding fabulous new homes for dogs in need! Use your X-Acto knife to carefully trim the “o” out of the “you” sentiment. Be very careful to preserve the cursive connections between your “y”, “o”, & “u” as you’ll want to be able to use your complete “You” in the future!
Arrange the “y” and “u” on your Brutus Monroe stamp block along with the paw print (We R Memory Keepers) so that it appears as one continuous word thanks to those connectors that you preserved. Stamp your sentiment in Brutus Monroe Premium Chalk Ink in Aubergine. Now stamp the final sentiment, “are amazing” from the same Brutus Monroe stamp set in Jack-O-Lantern. Lastly, Ink the edges of your largest piece of purple cardstock in the Brutus Monroe Premium Chalk Ink in Aubergine and the smaller piece in Jack-O-Lantern.
Use your adhesive to connect your patterned paper to your base layer and your two inked cardstock blocks to each other. For this project I wanted to have a bit of definition & separation so I used pop-dots to lift it off of the base layer. PRO-TIP- When you have a relatively large item to connect using pop-dots, rather than using a line around your edges and a few in the center, utilize your pop-dot scraps to help minimize trash in your local landfill, the amount of pop-dots necessary & the amount of caved in areas that sometimes happen when you use pop-dots sparingly.
Adhere your completed stamped block to your cardstock card base with patterned paper already adhered.
Finally, use your Brutus Monroe 110 pound cardstock base layer to create the actual card itself. Trim your sheet in half by cutting along the long edge at the 5.5” point. Score your trimmed piece along the long edge at 4.25” and carefully fold the card. Adhere your completed card front to your new card base & get ready to wow your recipient with your handmade note of genuine thanks!