Saturday, January 7, 2012

Thank You Medallion



This is a goodie I made using stamp sets from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog. The main image was stamped using the Blossom from Friends Never Fade. I used my Stampin' Write Markers in Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Lucky Limeade to get the multi colored image from one stamp. I find this works best when I condition my bold stamps by lightly sanding the image with a sanding block. This only needs to be done once and then your stamp is good to go. For whatever reason it helps the ink to stick better. Any white or lighter spots can then be blended with the marker, a blending pen or a small watercolor brush.

Next I embossed the image with a designer frame from the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set. This folder is transparent, so it makes it super easy to center your pre-stamped image on the inside, then I cut it out and layered it over some DSP from the 2011 Holiday Mini (now retired)that I cut into a banner.

I stamped "Thanks" in the lower right hand corner of my Lucky Limeade CS with one of the phrases from the Kindness Matters Stamp Set, also in the IBC - and soon to be offered as one of the FREE Stamp Sets in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalog! I finished the card front off with a line of Basic Pearls under the phrase and layered it onto a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of Naturals Ivory scored and folded in half.

A fun trick you can do with your envelopes is to seal your A-5 Envelope closed and trim off the end in order to turn it into a 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 square. Then using a 4 7/8 x 3 1/4 scrap of coordinating DSP scored 1/2" from the end, you can create a coordinating flap for your card, making the perfect sized envelope to fit a 4 1/4" square card. Just round off the corners and you're done. Easy-Peasy!



For more cards using this sketch check out this Stamping 411 Challenge!

13 comments:

  1. Great card -- did you know that this the Stamping 411 sketch for this week? You should go enter it! I love your envelope idea too, very clever!

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  2. Ha! No I did not know that. I made a stack of these cards quite awhile back and this is the last one left!

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  3. Love your card--very pretty! And, your envelope idea is genius!!! Never even thought about doing that! I love square cards, and now I'll make more! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Love the matching envelope. So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is so yummy! Great colors, and i love that embossed focal point!

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  6. I love-love-love this. What a special touch with that stamp set.

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  7. I don't know why, but I never thought about the fact that you can see through the embossing folder to center an image! And the envelope trick is so clever!!

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  8. Cool little trick with the envelope. I've never tried it.

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  9. Thanks for the envelope trick! Great card!

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  10. Adorable! Love the trick with the envelope.

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  11. You've thought of everything...including the matching envelope!

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  12. What a neat card! Love the envelope idea too!

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