Friday, 15 November 2013

Thank you cards

Hi Folks, I have a project to show you using the gorgeous new Winter Fairy stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. Around this time of year, we have lots of thank yous to send, and so I decided to make a gift wallet containing some thank you cards, using lots of the fairy images from both this stamp set and the Autumn Fairy stamp set.

I started my project by cutting some paper masks from scrap paper and inking through the masks with a variety of Memento inks onto plain white card cut to size.

I blended the colours as I graduated down the area that I was shading to get a soft blend. I removed the mask and stamped one of the fairies from the stamp plate over the shaded area. On each card, I added a sentiment taken from Words of Gratitude or Pretty Poppies stamp sheets. I added black matting to the cards to tie in with the stamping.

I cut two pieces of black card 21cms x 19.5cms.  I then scored 1.5cms at one end of each piece, and overlapped them, sticking them together at this point. I scored 2.5cms at each outer edge, and 2.5cms along the bottom, cutting out a gap where the overlap occurred along the bottom. I trimmed the bottom edges slightly at each of the four ends. I folded the sides and the bottoms inwards, and secured the outer corners with glue or double sided tape.

I placed a piece of ribbon across the middle of the front of the folder before sticking on the front design. I actually used two pieces of ribbon, a shorter piece on the right, and a longer piece on the left to wrap right around the back.

I'll be back in a few days with another sample using these lovely stamps, but in the mean time, keep checking the Design Team blog for more inspiration from my team mates. If you leave a comment over there this month, you could be entered into a draw, so leave some love for them. Thanks for stopping by.

EDIT: I was asked by a commenter what sort of brushes I use to make my backgrounds on these cards. For these particular cards, I just used some cheap little shaving brushes from a supermarket, and have one for each colour group that I store in a plastic basket. I dab off the excess ink onto scrap paper, see my photos for reference, as this avoids brush marks in the shading. You can get a lovely smooth background with brushes. I really like to use Inkylicious brushes, but they are more expensive, however, you get what you pay for. Any good stencilling brushes work as well.

I hope that this helps, xx


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow Judith, I love these little thank you cards. Such a great gift idea too.

Sue x

jane stillman said...

What a fab idea, love every single thank you card image - gorgeous

Linda Simpson said...

OMG Judith, I am so loving these gorgeous fairy images and your cards are fabulous.

Linda xxx

Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea Judith and the delicate colours fit so well with the Fairies.

jackiescrafts said...

Judith I love your Thank You cards and your back grounds are fab. Can I ask you what the brushes are that you used to create it.

Jackie x

Kate M said...

Judith - these are beautiful - I am now going into my craft room to make one - you have inspired me!!


Naomi said...

Wonderful, love them all.

Cards by Ziggy said...

Gorgeous I love the colours


Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Lovely creations, those backgrounds you create are gorgeous. Cheers, Holley

sandra carey said...

This is great Love the backgrounds with the Images black Hugs Sandra xx

Zoe said...

I love these CAS cards, really beautiful xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Thank you for showing how to create the background - very helpful, especially with showing the number of colours used to make the gradation. I love the way your pink background fairy is standing on the edge of the oval & how your cat looks just like he's decided to sit down & gaze at the sunset. The black matting allows the colours to really glow & the little wallet is a super way to keep them together. I know that it takes time to show the various steps so appreciate very much your showing the background technique.
Paula (PEP)

Fiona C said...

a great idea and really fab set of cards - thank YOU! :-) xx

Ina said...

Judith - What a beautiful collection of thank you cards. Love the technique you use for masking - a favourite of mine. They are all just gorgeous.

Sylv said...

Wonderful cards, fabulous colours and I love that fairy image.

Sylv xx
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