Monday, September 26, 2016

Quick nautical thank you card idea using Spellbinders InSpire Anchors Away die


*Crafty Tip* Usually, tips come at the end of my posts, but today I'm placing this one at the beginning: have kraft 5" (12.5cm) square card blanks on hand for quick, scrap paper friendly cardmaking. This one has scalloped edges, but others are plain, like the one I used on this Patriotic Eagle 4th of July card. I picked up a few packs of these in the $1 bin at Michael's my last visit to the States and I'm using the heck out of them. They're the perfect base to build a quick card on; their neutral color means they go with everything and their small size lets me use up my scraps.


This anchor thank you card is an example of that. The free Just Peachy France digital paper is left over from this soccer Father's Day card (and I print my digital papers at A5, so I'm being doubly thrifty here).


The Spellbinders InSpire Anchors Away die is the focal point, and since the card blank is small, it really fills up the space. I picked up the retired docrafts Papermania Confetti Thank You die cuts at my favorite discount shop a while back and never used them and actually, don't know that I will again. They don't show up as much as I'd like and I ended up cutting it down in size anyway, so there went the convenience factor.

*Update* For USA readers I'm sharing this tip my crafting buddy, Ginny, left in the comments about mailing square cards (we don't have this problem in France, it's by weight and thickness, not shape), she says:

'I have a tip for you and those using square cards. In the States, there is extra postage required for square cards. I use or make envelopes that are 1/2 in. longer [or more] so that it is officially a rectangle and I will cut cheap CS to exactly fit the envelope to hold it without getting floppy. It serves double purpose by protecting the embellishments too.'

Thanks, Ginny, an excellent idea!

Supply List
Paper – kraft card blank, cardstock, Just Peachy free digital France Soccer paper
Die – Spellbinders InSpire Anchors Away, Die-namics Oval and Circle STAX
Embellishments – pearls

I'm linking up with: Artistic Inspirations #164 – Anything Goes, Crafting From the Heart #129 – Always Anything Goes, Craft Your Passion #331 – Always Anything Goes, Love to Scrap #86 – Anything Goes, and Crafty Enjoyments #9 – Marine Theme.

7 comments:

~ginny said...

Hey Shani - I really like your nautical design - the three pearls are perfect - they look like rivets! I really like your tip too - and I am going to do something similar and put in a box! I have a tip for you and those using square cards. In the states [don't know about Europe], there is extra postage required for Square cards. I use or make envelopes that are 1/2 in. longer [or more] so that it is officially a rectangle and I will cut cheap CS to exactly fit the envelope to hold it without getting floppy. It serves double purpose by protecting the embellishments too.
~ginny

Fanny Diaz said...

Whaouuuuuu !!! J'adore j'adore j'adore !! C'est un très beau design ! Le die de l'ancre est superbe et les papiers aussi. .. tout est beau quoi !
Bisous

lisa808 said...

I like the mix of the red/white/blue polka dots and stripes. All things nautical catch my eye. I too have that anchor die--it is perfect for masculine and nautical cards/projects. Thanks for the card tip. It's always fun going through the $1 bins at Michael's and Target.

Monika Weclewska aka paperMona said...

What a beautiful design, great colours!!!
Thank you for sharing with us at CraftyEnjoyments challenge#9
Monika DT

Colleen Dietrich said...

So nautical indeed! From the anchor to the colors and stripes, this makes a great summer or masculine card, Shani.

Veronica Regazzi said...

So clear, but beautiful.
Thank you for play on Craft your Passion this week,
good luck and see you soon!
di Veronica

CraftYourPassion said...

The nautical coloured papers compliment the focal image perfectly and stand out beautifully against the kraft.Super card.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
Lisa x

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