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!
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.