Last weekend, I finally had a chance to sit down and make a card. Sure, I’ve made a few very special book-cards for my husband’s Christmas and birthday gifts (which will be blogged about later), but I haven’t had a chance to make a card for one of the many others on my list.
A few weeks ago I noticed my Cards by Stephanie page was at 199 likes! I’ve never posted a “Hey, friends! Come and like my page!” message on Facebook, but when I got so close to 200, I thought I’d mention it. How fun that my friend Veronica, who’s been the recipient of 3 of my cards before, was the 200th one to like my page!
I was looking through the January 2014 digital edition of Papercrafts & Scrapbooking Magazine for inspiration and fell madly in love with a gorgeous card created by Asty Purbasari. This was the perfect card sketch to use for making a special card for Veronica!
Here’s my take on the card, which incorporates the trend of banners and chevrons:
I cut the banners with a paper trimmer and scissors and inked the edges to really make them pop. The cheerful yellow banner was cut with my Cricut Expressions machine and the new Cricut® Artbooking Collection from Close to My Heart. The top of the card was made by grabbing a chevron border stamp from my One-Way Borders stamp set and inking it up with Versa Mark ink, then stamping it a few times. Next, I sprinkled clear embossing powder on the stamped images and heat embossed the pattern until the chevrons were shiny and raised up. Using a few Sponge Daubers, I tapped my Outdoor Denim and Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads and applied color to the embossed images, blending the colors together and fading out the lighter Lagoon color.
I just love cards with texture, but they can be tricky to mail. Cards like this need to be hand canceled because they’re too bumpy to go in the machine and require extra postage. I was shocked to learn postage just increased last week to $.49 and special handling is another $.21! I protected the embellishments by placing some cardboard from some packaged food over the card. When you think about, $.70 is actually inexpensive when you’re delivering a smile to someone in the mail. Don’t you smile when you get a card in the mail?
I wanted Veronica to be able to reuse the card, if she so desired, so I attached a note with some coordinating washi tape.