Mandala & Nautical Thank You Cards
Today’s project is a set of thank you cards that I created as a gift. My aunt writes the thank you cards for her local food bank and I thought that she might like to send out some handmade cards. She is herself, a wonderful card maker and is actually how I came to card making. There was, and still is, something so very special about receiving a handmade card. Working on multiples of the same card is quite a different process from creating one-of-a-kind cards.
I created two very different styles of cards; one nautical and one with mandalas. Let’s start with the mandalas.
I started by stamping the sentiment in the center of my card. I placed an oval cut from scrap paper over my sentiment and then stamped the medallion images over the top. These images are from two sets; Mega Mehndi Medallion and Mehndi Medallion Mini Stamp Sets from Papertrey Ink.
I used Grape Jelly Memento Ink, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks. Each card is slightly different but have an overall similar look to them.
Once the inks were dry, I added Stickles. I just had to add a little bit of shine to these. This added just the right “pop” to the cards. Once the glitter was dry I mounted the stamped panel a piece of Orchid Opulence cardstock.As you may know, I really have to “stop” myself when it comes to adding glitter, sparkle, or gems to cards.
I love the way the colors and glitter came together on these cards. The are a nice contrast to the nautical set that I also created.
For this card, I started by stamping the anchor using Versamark and Chipped Saphire Distress Ink in the center. I will admit that I normally just “eyeball” my stamping but since this was a fairly simple design I felt like it needed to be more accurate. I marked the center of each panel before stamping and I was really glad that I did. I then embossed the anchor with Navy embossing powder from Stampin’ Up. Next came the silver rope, this was stamped with Versamark and then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.
I stamped the sentiment below using Chipped Saphire Distress Ink. This was then added to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. At this point, it looked a little plain. So I added the 1/4″ strips of navy cardstock above and below.
This was just the right touch. I tried a few other options but the strips of cardstock were just right. I made 12 of these and 13 of the Medallion cards. When you are making multiples of cards I think that it is important to create a project that can be repeated without too much hassle. I usually work in an assembly line style, but not always. I like to have to have a safe place to put your cards to dry, which sometimes means that end-up taking over the dining room table. Lucky for me, my family is used to my projects creeping all over the house.
I had a really nice time creating these cards and I hope that they bring a smile to the recipients. Thank you for stopping by today!
Anchor Thank you
Stamps: Ocean Bound – Waltzing Mouse Stamps &Thank You – Wordsworth
Ink: Chipped Saphire Distress Ink – Ranger & VersaMark – Tsukineko
Paper: Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up & Neenah Solar White
Other: Navy & Sterling Sliver Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up
Stamps: Mega Mehndi Medallion & Mehndi Medallion Mini – Papertrey Ink & Thank You – Wordsworth
Ink: Grape Jelly Memento, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks – Ranger
Stickles: Peacock, Crystal, Glam Pink & Purple – Ranger
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Orchid Opulence – Stampin’ Up