Thank You cards

Today, I am making a colorful “Thank You” card using dies. I first stated on a 5.5 &4.25 card stock, blending it with soft pastel dye inks from Simon Says Stamp. I then left the card stock to dry for about 30 mins or you can choose to use a heat gun to dry the ink. The reason I left it to dry for such a long time is because, I tried die cutting on the card stock immediate after I blend in my inks and the positive die cut tore off after it came out from the die cutting machine. Maybe it is because I applied too much ink, or the card stock I used was of a lower grade. I recommend trying on a better grade or thicker card stock.

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After the ink dried, I then run the “Thank You” die from Simon Says Stamp through my die cut machine and got a very beautiful “Thanks”. Next I used the remaining card stock to die cut a small butterfly from one of Simon Says Stamp butterfly set.

Now to work on the background, I used Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border Dies on my scrap colored cut stock with the size just enought to fit the “Thanks” word. I then adhere both the word die cut and the butterfly die cut on colored card stock.

I then use a bigger retangle stitch border die to slightly emboss a 5.5 x 4.25 white American Craft card stock, just for a stitch border look, without cutting through the card stock. I then adhere all these layers together using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Before I finish, I added a coat of Wink of Stella clear on the word die for a little bit of shine. I kept the card simple and allow the word die in pastel color to shine.

By the time I finished, I thought “why not do another card, with a colorful background?” and here is my second card:

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I used Hero Arts ombre inks and ink my background stamp. I learned this from Jennifer McGuire and the background colors blended really well using her “cha cha” technique she shared on her video and blog.

I hope you will have fun creating as much as I did today, happy crafting and keep.intouched!

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