Today we are excited to share some soft and lovely elegant thank you cards that you can make – one or a batch! – to send for more formal occasions or just when you want to send something really pretty. Don’t these just fit that bill perfectly? And these cards use some basic design ideas that you can use for any kind of card so read on and be inspired!
First you can see that this card was made featuring five focal elements. The eye loves either aligned symmetry or random odd numbers. There is a lot of balance on this card but the odd number of flowers means the eye keeps moving. Also, the elements are all popped up using dimensional adhesive. Using foam tape or other adhesive that adds lift creates shadows, increasing the “movement” on the card. And the focal elements – the flowers – “fall off” the edge of the background panel. This too adds to the concept of movement and when the eye keeps moving around the card, it takes in more detail and is much more interesting to look at.
This is also enhanced by two other things in the background. First, that sunny yellow layer between the background panel and the card front is set at a slight angle. And last, the heat embossed and inked background panel – hard to see in the images but STUNNING in real life – adds some of the “symmetry” as a perfect contrast to all the other elements.
To make that panel, Allison stamped the Flowering Vine background with Versamark onto white card stock and heat embossed it using white powder (you can also use clear if you don’t have white). Then she blended one of our soft blue Color Fuse inks over it and wiped off the excess. This creates that beautiful, very soft overall pattern over which those bright beautiful blooms sit.
Then she just made a batch of those super detailed dimensional flowers using our clear layered floral stamp sets and Color Fuse ink and cut them all out with the coordinating dies. This is what makes these the perfect elegant thank you cards to make in batches, or partially create for assembly later. Let’s explain…..
Have you ever been in a mood to MAKE something but your creative battery needs recharging? That’s the absolute perfect time to pull out your Color Fuse Ink families and your clear layered floral stamps and just make a gorgeous, glorious inventory of flowers. Stash them by type, size, color – however you would look for them when in card making mode – and you will be SO HAPPY that you have them at the ready! Then when you creativity is back in the groove, you can use all of them to pump out or decorate cards like a whirlwind!
Here are the items Allie used for these cards:
Flowering vine Background Stamp
Nested rectangle dies with piercing
Clear Stamps category (florals)
What do you think? Are you itching to stamp? We hop you use these basic ideas for what is pretty simple card making put together in a stunning way in your cardmaking sessions to create some elegant thank you cards of your own!