Thursday, February 5, 2015
Faux Embossed Thanks Card
My final card for Online Card Classes' "Clean & Simple 4" class is based Yana Smakula's lesson on "faux embossing." Rather than use an embossing folder to create texture, you create several die cuts from the same color & weight of cardstock as your base, then adhere them to the base cardstock.
I chose Lawn Fawn's "Scripty Thanks" die for my card. After cutting it several times from teal cardstock, I drew guidelines on another piece of teal, to help me in placing the die cuts. I ran all the die cuts through my Xyron Creative Station machine to apply adhesive to the backs, and then adhered them lightly to the background panel along the guidelines I'd drawn. Finally, when I was sure they were all placed where I wanted them, I burnished them down, trimmed off the excess that hung over the edges, and erased my lines.
I used 3 of the stamps from Simon Says Stamp's "Thanks" set to build my greeting. I stamped the "can't say" & "enough" on white cardstock using Hero Arts Charcoal mid-tone shadow ink. I stamped the "thanks" in Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed it with Recollections Detail Clear embossing powder. Then I cut those into 3 strips. To make the "thanks" stand out even more, I inked that strip with Tattered Rose Distress ink. After I determined their placement, I marked the ends, cut the right end of each strip into a V-shape, glued them to the card front, and trimmed off the overhang on the left side.
After mounting my card front to a white A2 card base, I felt the balance was a bit off. So I rounded the top right corner with my 1/2" Corner Chomper. That finished off this card. I'll be sending this on to Operation Write Home, for a hero overseas to write a note of thanks to someone.