“Oh, you’re so crafty. I wish I could be crafty.” Does this sound like something you’ve said? Guess what: you that you are crafty, my friend. Everyone is crafty, whether you believe it or not. The engineer that designs a new type of car engine or the stay at home mom who makes the most adorable Christmas ornaments, each has their own unique brand of creativity. My unique brand of creativity stems from a firm belief that anyone can create traditionally “crafty” items. Someone just needs to give you the basic steps. Once you master those, you can expand upon an idea and make it your own. With that in mind, enter my super simple handmade thank you cards.
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- Cardboard Scraps (I recommend a thicker cardboard)
- Stamp of your choice (I got mine for $1 at Michael’s)
- Black Pigment Stamp Pad
- Adhesive (I used a tape runner, but any adhesive will work. Just allow for drying time.)
- Decorative Paper scraps
Stamp your stamp as many times as it will fit on a scrap piece of white paper. You can use the back of your patterned paper as long as it is not double-sided. These will be white on the back.
Don’t worry if they’re not perfect. You can always trim them up once you cut them out.
Cut out each stamped image that fit on your scrap paper and glue it them to your cardboard.
Cut the glued pieces out of the cardboard and trim up the edges, leaving a border of cardboard around the paper.
Take your ink pad and ink around the stamped paper, being sure to cover the cardboard so that the brown doesn’t show through. Again, don’t worry too much if you can’t cover the sides entirely.
Cut enough sheets of cardstock in half (bisecting the 11” side) to equal the number of stamped images you have. Assume you fit 6 stamps on your scrap paper then you would need to cut 3 sheets of cardstock in half.
Fold each cut piece in half and trim any uneven edges.
Cut another piece of your decorative scrap paper into strips and glue one strip to each card as it looks in the picture above. If the strips are longer than the width of your card, just trim up the edges.
Lastly, glue your mounted stamped image on the center of the paper strip. Viola! You’re done.
Now that you’ve made a basic thank-you card, try making different cards by swapping out your stamps and your paper. Swap out the paper strips for glittery ribbon. Use a “Congratulations” stamp to create a graduation card. Use baby paper and a “Welcome” stamp to create a baby shower card… The possibilities are endless.