Monday, June 20, 2011

Crafty Thank You Card

The Martha Stewart Crafts cake cartridges are some of my top "go to" cartridges.  These cartridges were designed with cakes in mind but they have so much content that is equally useful for paper crafting projects.  The borders and sentiments are great for all of the typical card making occasions.

I own lots of Martha Stewart border punches but I find it frustrating sometimes that they don't exactly fit the space where I would like to use them.  With the cartridges and Design Studio or the Gypsy you can adapt any of the border images to fit the space perfectly.  For this card I used the border shown from the MS Elegant Cake cartridge and then adjusted the size to exactly five inches in Design Studio using the handle in the lower right corner.  On the Gypsy, you can use the proportional resizing to make the border the perfect size.

The "Thanks!" sentiment is also from the MS Elegant cartridge.

The sentiments all have shadow options which is a great timesaver.

I decided to add a stamped border from a new set that I found recently (at Marshall's - always check their stationery section when you are there).  I added some white pen stitching above and below the stamped border.

This is the stamp set from American Crafts.  I bought it for the wedding images but the border is good for all sorts of projects.

I wanted to use this paper from the DCWV "Crafty" stack.  This stack has lots of homespun, textured designs. 

In case you haven't seen this stack, here is a photo of the front.  I really like the sewing motifs (buttons, little scissors, etc.).

I wanted to be sure to center this striking design.  I am a bit compulsive about aligning and centering items and I always notice when someone just cuts from one end of the paper instead of thinking about the design of the paper.  I cut a strip with plenty of extra paper and adhered it to the border strip.


Then I carefully trimmed it even with the blue border strip on my small trimmer.

I added the sentiment and the decorative layer to a kraft cardstock A2 card.

The sentiment is raised on foam dots to add some dimension.

The sentiment needed a little more punch so I did some white pen stitching in the letters.

For a finishing touch, I tied some twine in a bow at the top of the card.  This is "cappucino" twine from The Twinery (I ordered the "original sampler pack" a while ago to try out the eight colors they offered at the time - they have added more colors since then and there is a larger sampler pack now called "colorful bunch" with 11 colors).

The final card has a ""crafty" homespun look and will be good to send to one of my crafty friends!

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  1. Diane, I love this card, it would make a nice, man Thank you card also...I think.
    Very pretty!!!!

  2. Diane, thank you for teaching me again something I didn't know. I also hate the border punches for the same reason as you. But you taught me today how to make it a card with the DS! Thank you.

  3. Great card! It made me think of winter - the "snowflke-like designs are very pretty!

  4. Very nice card. I love the MS cake cartridges, especially the borders on them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love the card Diane, and thanks for the tip about the borders.. hugs from ukiah

  6. I just happen to have that stamp set too, Diane! Thanks for sharing your idea on the border - I need to look at my other sets and see what I can use on my projects.


    Carmen L

  7. Beautiful card. I too love the cake carts and I don't bake at all. Great for making cards. TFS

  8. This is a beautiful card, I am really liking the idea of the MS carts I think they could be my next purchase.
    I love how you line up your patterned paper I always do the same if possible.
    Kim xXx

  9. I got a couple of the MS cake carts because I love the borders. I figured out how to do them in DS but it's definitely more difficult with a baby bug because you have to turn them sideways. Maybe I need to think about an Expression. :)

  10. Hi Diane!
    I have an Award for you over on my blog!! I love your card and I have to see if we have a Marshall's around in my Area! Very cute stamps!! I as well have the crafty stack and love most of the designs in it!! You have inspired me to make a card for a very special Gal!


  11. Love this card! Great use of MS features. Thanks for the border tip... Love my borders even too !

  12. I have to get the MS cartridges. They are so neat. I love Marshalls too. Lucky me the store here where I live is just on my way home from work.

  13. Very pretty thank you card :-)

  14. I, too, like the MS cake cartridges. There is so much content on them, it makes it more valuable to me and worth the price!
    MCF's Mimi


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