Banner Thank You Card

Banner Thank You Card
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Hello, friends!

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!

Cards by Stephanie

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:

Banner "Thank You" cardI love the cheerful colors of the designer paper pad “Oxford Lane” by Kate & Co. for My Mind’s Eye. I just get so incpired to create something beautiful when I grab this paper packet.

BannersI 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.

Flower clusterI used American Crafts twine, teal blue ribbon, white paper flowers (retired) from Close to My Heart, a button, an epoxy bubble and a sparkly gem to embellish the card.

Up close and personalI 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.

blog-Banner card insideThank you for reading my blog!

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. I am SO EXCITED!!! It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!

    I wish that I had a fraction of the talent you have in one of your little fingers!! I love seeing your creations and I can’t wait to share this gift with someone special to me! 🙂

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