I've made a card to say thank you to the lady who gave us such a lovely lunch on Thursday (for whom I made the Gable Box). Last night, I made a dozen simple cards with partial embossing, using my various Cuttlebug folders, so that the upper part of the card is embossed, leaving a plain strip across the bottom for a sentiment stamp etc. These are all done on plain white cardstock. I have decorated the edge of the embossing above the plain bit with a couple of scored lines using my Scor-Pal. I am planning to make a "card bank" (nice phrase! Thanks Nilly, aka Vanillalemoncake, whose blog I follow), so that I've got a good stock of non-specific cards which can be simply stamped or embellished to make them specific to an occasion. I always seem to be racing against myself to get the next card done for whatever occasion, and I don't always have the time or energy to do one, so if I've got an emergency supply, it should help!
Anyway, here's the thank you card I made:
The embossing is done with the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Stylized Flower," which I then inked using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage. I then picked out the stems using a Marvy Le Plume Pen (No. 15 Olive Green) but it was a bit strong, so I added water with a fine paintbrush, and then picked up some of the ink from the pen on the brush and painted it on.
The embellishment was made with a couple of circle punches, and I inked the inner one, which was cut from one of my old duplex cards and was a very crude bright pink - darkening it with some Distress Ink in Pumice Stone. I then stamped it with Pumice Stone, using a rubber stamp of two stylised cats, but it didn't come out very well as there wasn't enough contrast. It would have been better if I'd used my gold stamp pad, as this would have shown up better, and also co-ordinated with the scalloped circle which was cut from gold card. I assembled the embellishment and then attached it to the card using dimensionals.
Having searched high and low for a rubber stamp with a simple "Thank You" sentiment on it, I decided to write it by hand, so I used the Marvy Le Plume Pen (No. 63 Wine), and added a shadow using another Marvy Le Plume Pen (No. 64 Plum) and added a few little hearts for good measure.
On the subject of this elusive rubber stamp, if anyone out there can help me find one, I'd be very grateful! What I am looking for is: preferably an unmounted rubber stamp (not a transparent one), either an individual one or a set. I want the words "Thank You" - two words, not one, occupying a single line, minimum width 2 1/2 inches but preferably a bit more, with a height to be in proportion,, which will produce a nice linear effect to fill the space at the bottom of these cards. I'd like a fairly simple font with no embellishment or additional elements. I want to keep it as simple as possible so as not to detract from the rest of the design of the card.
I spent some time this evening looking online for such a stamp, and have come up with absolutely nothing suitable. I was very surprised because I thought they'd be two-a-penny, but there are sentiments for absolutely everything and anything you could desire - but very few saying "Thank You." Do we really live in a culture where saying "Thank You" is so very rare? If so, it saddens me.
When I eventually get my Cricut, I can see myself cutting this sentiment a lot! Meantime, a stamp would be lovely.