Thankful for You Notecards

I needed a couple of quick thank you cards, so I decided to use some of the Stampin’ Up!® notecards which are precut and scored. I used the same technique on both cards and just varied the accent color on each of them. While I’m using these notecards as thank you cards, they could easily work as Thanksgiving cards as well since that holiday is right around the corner.

Mel's Card Corner | Thankful for You Notecards

For the focal panel, I started with a piece of watercolor paper. Using Basic Gray ink, I stamped the tree base which is from the Totally Trees stamp set. Next, I used Stampin’ Write markers to ink up the leaves stamp. I covered the entire stamp with Crushed Curry ink then randomly tapped on some Cajun Craze and Elegant Eggplant then stamped it onto my tree image.

Using a mister bottle held about 10-12″ above the paper, I gently spritzed on some water until the ink of the leaves began to move. Since the Basic Gray ink is archival, I didn’t have to worry about it spreading. Once I was satisfied with how the leaves looked, I used my heat tool to dry the piece completely.

Mel's Card Corner | Thankful for You Notecards

To complete the scene on my watercolor piece, I added some small rolling hills using Always Artichoke ink. I used a stamp from the limited edition Thoughtful Branches stamp set that was available a few months ago, but they could easily be drawn in by hand as well using the Always Artichoke marker. After adding the hills, I used the blender pen to move the ink around a bit and give the hills some color.

I die cut the watercolor piece using the new Stitched Shapes Framelits. I just love the tiny stitched detail these Framelits add! I love how well they coordinate with the layering shapes Framelits, too. In this case, I used one of the scalloped squares from the Layering Squares Framelits to create a mat using Elegant Eggplant cardstock. I adhered the watercolor panel to it using Tear & Tape.

For the sentiment, I used the Thankful for You stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set. I stamped it the same Basic Gray ink I used to stamp the tree trunk. After stamping the sentiment, I adhered the matted watercolor panel to the notecard using Dimensionals. To complete the card and add a little bling factor, I traced over the tree trunk and branches using a clear Wink of Stella pen.

Mel's Card Corner | Thankful for You Notecards

As I said, both of the notecards I made used the exact same techniques. I just varied the shapes and colors. For the second card, I used the stitched circle Framelits to die cut my watercolor panel then used a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles to create a mat using Crushed Curry cardstock. Everything else is exactly the same.

Mel's Card Corner | Thankful for You Notecards

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Until next time …

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  1. Super Stamp Girl says:

    Melissa, these cards are simple and sweet. And a great way to showcase that Totally Trees stamp set, which I have found a lot of difficulty in using! Thanks for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper this week.

  2. Annette Elliott says:

    Your thank you cards are so sweet! Love the simplicity of them with the water colored look. Fabulous! Thanks for joining the fun at Sunday Stamps! this week! 🙂

  3. Holly Stene says:

    Mellssa – the watercoloring look on these cards is breathtaking! I absolutely love the way the first card looks like it has golden leaves – must be the shimmery paper! Lovely cards! Hope to have you playing along with us this week at TGIF!

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