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Friday, 26 December 2014

Time to Say "Thank You" (by Asha)

Happy Boxing Day / St Stephens Day, my friends! I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas day with good food, good company and lots of presents. And now it's time to say "Thank You" for those gift vouchers, perfumes, hats, socks, pyjamas, scented candles and ugly sweaters!

My "thank you"s come in the shape of little 3.5" square notes cards. These cards are the perfect size for those little stamps on most Chocolate Baroque stamp sheets which are often overlooked or dismissed to the background on a standard sized card. It's time for these little guys to take centre stage.

I try to keep my thank you notes simple, quick to make and fast to reproduce. But I also make sure there are some that look more elaborate which I save for a few very special people.

The sentiments used in these projects come from the Pretty Poppies A5 sheet, as they are just the right size for note cards ... and, believe it or not (and to my horror!), I don't have any gratitude themed stamps by Chocolate Baroque!

The first card features the little robin from the Snowy Scenes A5 sheet. I heat embossed the snowflakes in WOW Silver and the "thanks" in WOW Bright White. The image is quickly coloured with alcohol markers (no fancy blending) and fussy cut  - an activity I find very therapeutic!




This card features the little baubles from Hearth and Home - which I am using for the first time. Like I said, these little stamps are often forgotten. Here they are heat embossed in WOW Gold Pearl and given a little colour with watercolour pencils. I also embossed the greeting in WOW Bright White. The corners are rounded and together with the oversized die-cuts, the card is taking on a different shape, which I thought was fun.



My last sample is the easiest of the lot and you can churn these out in no time. I blended Distress Inks for the background and stamped the little tree from the Pears and Baubles A4 sheet. I made little dots with a Versamarker pen and did some heat embossing in WOW White Pearl for the falling snow. And for a pop of colour, I made 2 slits at the tree trunk, threaded some red ribbon through it and tied a knot. Voila!


So there you have it - my thank you cards for this year. With three different styles and colours,  I hope you'll take away some ideas from here to make yours. You'll find details of how I made these cards on my blog. Remember, you don't have to make them fussy, fancy or elaborate. It's the thought that counts and a simple gesture can mean so much.

Continue with the fun and merriment, friends and I'll see you again soon with some new stamps! In the meantime, drop by the DT blog often because the girls are having such fun with the December release stamps ... oh so gorgeous!

Happy Holidays and here's to a Fun and Prosperous 2015 to all!

Beijinhos,
Asha

5 comments:

  1. Fine size for thank you cards and beautiful techniques!

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  2. I love your last sample particularly Asha - the colours are super & the little splash of detail adding both texture & colour with the ribbon is magical. I've thoroughly enjoyed your seasonal Christmas posts & really appreciate all the hard work you've put into creating samples to act as inspiration for some very unique projects. Thank you & hope you are having a lovely time with your family.
    Paula (PEP)

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  3. Three lovely designs Asha, and I too particularly like the last one. This is a good technique and you can see how by building up a miniature scene this could then be added to a larger card with more added to the background but they make such pretty note cards. x

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  4. All very cute - thanks for the ideas.

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  5. Very nice sampling of cards. The Christmas ornaments really pop.

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