Picking a dark background makes the swirls stand out. The swirls die-cut is 4 ¼ inches x 5 ½ inches, so I cut a black piece of card 4 ½ inches x 5 ¾ inches to glue the swirls onto using CosmicShimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue.
Next, I cut the Karen Burniston “Thank You” three times – one in white, one from a blue and white background paper and one from the orange background paper. I off-set the words and glued them together to create a sentiment with depth and shadow. (An alternative Thank You die to the one I use is Altenew – Dies – Simply Thank You.)
After adhering the sentiment on top of the swirls, I used foam squares to adhere the panel to a 4 ¾ inches x 6 ½ inches black panel glued to the white card base.
Hope this provides some inspiration for your crafting.
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Needing a unique and handcrafted Thank You card, I came up with this pop-in window card using double-sided patterned paper from Paper Heaven, the frame dies from the newest Die-cutting Essentials issue 75, and some word dies from Hunkydory’s Moonstone brand.
When the card is closed it look like a flat card, but when it opens, the window back mechanism opens and moves the window panel ¼ inch back from the card opening.
Because of the dark inside of the card, I cut two white labels from old envelope scraps in my stash to be able to write a message on them.
Need more ideas for Thank You cards? Here is more inspiration:
An order came for a card for co-workers to sign for their office manager who was leaving to take a new job at a library. A slimline card that would fit into a #10 business envelope was the size requested.
Decorative printed papers from the insides of “security” envelopes that bills came in was the theme for the outside of the card with the word “THANKS.” Three different envelope papers were used to mat and die-cut the word. Each mat layer was adhered with double-sided tape. A piece of double-sided adhesive sheet was attached to the back of the paper used for the letters before they were die-cut.
Inside the card was the small, heat embossed sentiment “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.”
Stamped on the back of the envelope is the phrase “The next chapter” to hint at what is to come as the colleague leaves to go work at a library. Knowing that the colleague liked books and coffee, they also were stamped on the envelope.
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What kind of a thank you card do you make for someone who has sent an amazing gift and loves tigers? You make them a four-panel card that can act as a candle shade or screen.
Tonic Studios Tropical Rainforest silhouette die set was a perfect match for the card that cats as something more than a card. I had seen on Pinterest a lantern made from some of the Tonic Studios other forest silhouette dies sets and knew from my experience of making a house luminary Christmas card, that this die set would be easy to make a four-panel card/candle shade.
I cut four vellum panels and then using three shades of green cardstock and a sheet of brown, I cut the silhouette frames using the lightest shades for the front panels and the darkest as the panels at the back. I cut the panel with the tiger and toucan bird from white scrap cardstock and colored with markers. Next, I fussy cut them and glued in place on their panel. I also cut and colored a butterfly from white cardstock scrap.
The vellum panels were laid out in a row and taped together using clear removable tape on the back side of the vellum. Next the silhouette panels were glued on to the vellum.
As a finishing touch, I die cut the words “Thank You” to glue to card. Next, I pieced together from words in the same Moonstone word die set the name of the recipient. The card fits into a mini slim envelope.
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According to the Language of Flowers, a small book that Amazon Drygoods reprinted from its Victorian original, lilies of the valley mean a “return of happiness.” And so to, does this card promise happiness from it envelope through to its inside message.
Based on a panel die from Tutti Designs, that was die-cut twice (one white cardstock and one green paper), this card comes together with its sentiments. The front “With love” is a foiled strip on scrap cardstock. (Sometimes when my mojo is lacking, I make a batch of foiled sentiments to have on hand.)
Inside the sentiment is heat embossed onto vellum. The longer sentiment is:
“Let us be grateful
to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.”
Only liquid glue was used in the assembly of the card.
The back flap of the envelope was stamped with a Card Making Magic sentiment “OPEN immediately to release happiness!” to hint at what the enclosed card is about
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This Thank You gift bag was created to say thank you to everyone who has continued to do their jobs through this time of uncertainty, change and home isolation. Thank you to health carer workers, public service workers, restaurant and grocery store workers, to delivery and transportation workers, to gas station workers, to teachers and students who all keep doing their work from home or their regular work spaces. This is a bag full of thanks to those workers whose place of work have been closed or whose work hours have been cut who look out for and help their neighbors with health issues. This is a thank you to little ones who are trying to help their parents get through these stressful times.
Materials used include: Simply Made Crafts by Helen Griffin -Luxury Handbag Gift Box die set, Karen Burniston’s Word Set 1-Greetings die set, lightweight blue cardstock and black, silver and light blue paper scraps, double-sided tape and glue.
What a romantic image of Paris ! When I received the two dies that I used on this card, I looked at the packaging images for ideas for colors and layout and then did some modification to the easel mechanism.
Changing the frame from a hanging charm to a larger flat panel on an easel was as simple as using ½ inch wide, red-sticky-permanent double-sided tape to hold in place the rectangle piece that was cut out for the frame. And adhering the flat panel to the easel.
Because the flat panel is larger than the original frame pull tab, I had to add an extension tab. I used clear removable tape to smooth over the catching point where the extension level changes. In order to be able to fit the card in an A2 envelope, I punched a hole and tied a ribbon to the tab as a pull grip.
Because this was the first time I had assembled the star accordion card, I accidentally placed the center section with the start being upside-down and the connecting tab on the wrong side. My solution was to cut off all the stars’ tabs and connect them using a yellow ribbon. My heat embossed “Thank you” was a bit messy so I fussy cut it out and used a white gel pen for emphasis. A red and white checked gingham paper was used to back the stars and cover up the ribbon.
I wanted to share some of the cards I’ve made for a card ministry that sends cards to those who may need a word of encouragement or thanks. Letting people know that someone cares about them is what greeting cards are about, especially handmade ones. I encourage anyone reading this to think about making at least one card for someone you don’t know, but might appreciate being told they count as a human being.
Both cards were created from many scrap pieces left from other projects as well as flowers and leaves cut from food boxes. I have tried my best to remember all the dies used to produce these pieces.