Friday, August 19, 2016

Layered Thank You Cards

Here's the first group

Robyn Coburn, DT alumnus here, with a guest post - a quick and easy card project.

My daughter’s birthday falls close to Halloween, and the house is always decorated for her party. For her birthday Thank You cards last year, I wanted to allude to the Halloween theme but also still evoke autumn and Thanksgiving. My other favorite thing is layering mixed media.

To start, I gathered all my materials together. I like to lay out the small tools I use on my cutting board – so that I don’t find myself searching half way through the project. In this case it was my Best Glue Ever, Embellie Gellie, Perfect Crafting Pouch and Perfect Cleaning Cloth. I added a pair of scissors and my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

Here's that fussy cut stamped image, and a rub-on decorated tag
When I have a bunch of cards to make, I like to make the elements in batches. I cut the cards out – to fit some envelopes I had – and folded them on my Martha Stewart Scoreboard. Then I cut a whole lot of pieces from the nice chevron cardstock I chose as the bottom layer. I inked all the edges and, being impatient, used the Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry that ink. I also stamped some Halloween images on cream scrap cardstock and fussy cut them to be ready, and prepped some tags with rub-ons. (above)

Then I prepped my “Thank You” message by stamping on a selection of “chalkboard” cardstock tags. The chalkboard look is very current and goes well with the theme. Again Perfect Crafting Pouch to dry the ink, and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to dust off the excess powder.

I glued some printed vintage images to the chevron print, and decorated them with washi tape. Then I wrapped the cardstock with some black and white baker’s twine, which I secured with the Tiny Attacher. I tied on an assortment of chipboard tags or buttons in the fall colors.

Note: These chipboard mini-tags had either a foam glue pad or sticky backs that didn’t help me – so I deactivated the sticky with the Perfect Crafting Pouch.

Then I added extra images or tags under the twine. I like to put a few scattered spots of Best Glue Ever – since you need so little – then pick up the elements with the Embellie Gellie, turn the element over by holding the edge and then use the Embellie Gellie to place the piece on the surface. It’s a lot easier to grab flat things with the Embellie Gellie than try to slide my fingernails under them and risk snagging the edges.

I raised the Thank You tag with craft foam shapes, which Best Glue Ever handles perfectly. Then I glued the whole thing to the fronts of the cards. The final touch was a pin, piercing the craft foam once the glue had set up – which we know only takes a few minutes.

Now, off to clean my stamps with Best Cleaner Ever.

Here's a slightly different one where I tried a Halloween sticker - it still looks fun and any themed sticker could be used in a similar way.

And here is a sketch of the design for you to adapt:


Penny said...

These cards are great! I love that "tiny attacher" I have never seen one before~ L/Penny

Bev Code said...

stunning, rich and elegant