These thank you cards are quick and simple to make, but look attractive. They are ideal to make up a few to keep on standby, or as a set for a gift. You could of course change the sentiment to make them into birthday or any other type of greetings cards.

You will need some digital or traditional stamps, stamping card, markers or pencils, stacking dies, coordinating scrapbook papers, heavy weight card, Distress Ink, sticky foam and a tape roller. You could substitute many of those items for similar things in your stash.

First I printed out one of the collage pages from the Tin Teddy Victorian Fashion Stamp set onto Neenah white card. The images on this page are about 2.5 inches high, which was perfect for cards.

I coloured three of the images with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Because the images are vintage illustrations rather than stamped outlines they have some shading on them already. This meant that colouring them was very quick and simple indeed.

I picked three of the dies from the Nellie Snellen 7 Rectangular dies set (MFD048). I used the smaller of my chosen dies to cut out my coloured stamps.

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Then I chose 3 coordinating papers from the Dovecrafts Back to Basics IV 6″x6″ paper stack.

I used these papers to cut two more rectangles with the other two stacking dies. I also chose stripy sheets for the backgrounds. I stuck to a lilac and green theme to match the colours of the ladies’ dresses.

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Next I took Seedless Preserve and Peeled Paint Distress Ink as these were the closest matches I had to the purple and green in the papers etc.

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I used finger daubers to apply Distress Ink around the cut rectangles. This gives a nice vintage look. I do love Distress Ink!

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I cut A4 pieces of Centura Pearl 300gsm card in to two A5 pieces, then creased each piece in half on my Ultimate Crafters Companion to make the card bases.

Handy tip – to get a neater crease on thicker cardstock it helps to first crease the right side of the card, then the wrong side. This extra initial crease stretches the cardstock’s coating so it makes a neater fold.

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I cut the stripy scrapbook paper into panels that were just a bit smaller than my card front. I added the Distress Ink to the edges of these too.

Now to layer up the pieces and add them to the card front. I used sticky foam pads to glue on the image layer, so it had a bit of dimension, and a tape roller to glue the other layers together.

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Finally I cut out the word “thanks” from off cuts of Centura Pearl using my Silhouette Portrait. I coloured these with the same Distress Inks. The shimmer on the Centura Pearl shows through the ink and looks very nice. I added the sentiments to the bottom of the cards.

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These cards were quick and economical to make. They would work very well as a small set in a box or packet to give as a gift. I find that making multiples of a card often takes little more time than making a single example, so it can definitely be worth making a few whilst you have your supplies out. And it is always worth having extra Thank You cards on hand!ThanksCardFinishedThanksCardSides ThanksCardCloseUp

Tutorial – a simple thank you card, ideal to make and sell

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