Hey there Lilypad fans! It’s Katrina, aka katrinahunt13, sharing a way to get a jump on getting those thank you cards done after the holidays. I know from experience that if I don’t get those thank you cards out pretty quickly, then I don’t get them sent. I made these quickly in a night, which included coming up with what I was going to do, what papers, to use, etc. I also wanted to make sure that these were something that you could do easily with a regular printer only. No print and cut on the Silhouette Cameo for these! These would be GREAT for the kiddos home on break to make after you printed the elements out!
So what’s easier than using a template to start a page, right? Well the right template can also be used to create cards! I used Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs Meet Me In The Middle (Dressed Up). This one is perfect for a square card, which is my favorite shape!
I hid all layers that were not necessary, which were all the elements, journaling, etc. This left me with the base and squares to work with. I did leave the white borders around the “photo” squares, because I just liked the way they looked.
I started selecting papers that I wanted to use. I didn’t want to go with a traditional “thank you” theme for any of them, but make them a little more personalized by things the person that would be receiving the card would like. Snow lover, party lover, and coffee lover! I used the following kits and elements from the shop: Little Butterfly Wings/Etc by Danyale-Dear Karma #01, Allison Pennington-Let It Snow, and Just Jamiee-A New Year.
I used the 12×12 template for picking my papers. Once I had them all picked out and clipped to the template, I then resized the template to around 4.25 x 4.25 inches. This let me see what the papers would look like as a card front and also let me print out two of each on a sheet of regular 8.5 x 11 paper. I also picked out elements from the kits that I knew would be easy to cut by hand. Confession- I was going to use the “Happy New Year” as a journaling card size, but I sized it just a little too big! So I had to improvise!
The first card is the Happy New Year card and it’s pretty basic and probably was the quickest to create. I used the printed square template as it was and just popped the balloons and saying on top of the printed template. I added a few enamel dots, because it just seemed to need them!
A trick I did on this card in case you don’t have foam adhesive, but would like a little dimension to your card. Just cut a small strip of cardstock and fold then. Then adhere it to itself until you have a little sandwich and then just adhere it to the back of the element that you want raised up. Works great in a pinch and then you can save those expensive foam squares for something else!
The second card is for a coffee lover and the coffee cup was just adorable and I knew I wanted it to be the focus. But, I also knew I wanted to do something different with one of the templates that I printed for it. First I attached the one of the printed templates to the card base. Then I attached a doily over that. Then on the second print I cut out the four corners, leaving a plus sign and then lined that up over the printed full template and the doily. It give the template an entirely different feel!
The last card, well, I am a snow lover, so I had to make a snow card! This one was a little back to the basics. I used one of the printed templates and attached it to my card base. Then I cut down the other printed template, and then use some foam adhesive to pop up the layer. If you look closely you can see the shadowing from the one layer being raised with foam adhesive over the other layer. Then I decorated the front with the snowman and stars that I had printed out.
Thanks for stopping by the Pad blog today! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday over the past week! See you around!