GDP #197 – A Word Of Thanks

Yes it is another week and another challenge has been laid down, and I have once again used this for some creative inspiration over here at Hart & Craft.

It is the final week of school here in the UK and I am busy getting some ‘Thank You’ cards organised for all the lovely teachers and staff at my children’s school.

When the Global Design Project set their latest colour challenge I thought I would get thinking. These are not colours I would immediately have been drawn to use together, but once you get playing they soon begin to show their potential.

I recently bought the beautiful Hand Lettered Prose Dies with their coordinating stamp set – Praiseworthy Prose as a bundle (saving 10% – thank you very much Stampin’ Up!) and wanted to use them to say, quite literally, a very big THANK YOU!

I first ran the full word through my die cutting machine, using some old washi tape to keep all the individual letters aligned, on some Whisper White card stock. I then stamped in Seaside Spray using the Birch Cling Stamp to give some texture. It’s a subtle way of using the colour, rather than a full block of colour using coloured card stock.

When this is backed onto a piece of Terracotta Tile Card Stock the word “THANKS!” really pops.

For the sentiment I stamped in Versamark on a piece of Basic Gray card stock and then heat embossed in white to make the text stand out. This stamp set is such fun with its play on dictionary definitions – I thought this was a perfect match for a teacher thank you card.

I then cut the sentiment with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies – a new favourite! To elongate the shape I had to run the sentiment through twice, carefully aligning the clear plastic plate on my machine so it stopped cutting before the end and then finally running in through again with the straight edges. This is fiddly but, once you have a go and get used to it, it is technique that will give you endless possibilities with your dies.

I knew the cheerful daisies that can be created with our new Medium Daisy Punch, paired with some Pear Pizzazz leaves from the Leaf Punch would be the perfect decoration for this card. I even used the Medium Daisy Punch to nick the edge of the card so that my Mossy Meadow Linen Thread nestled neatly at the end with a rustic, frayed knot. The centres are the Clear Faceted Gems, coloured with a Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend to tie it in with the Basic Gray sentiment.

Finally I used the hexagonal pattern stamp from the Praiseworthy Prose set and repeated the sentiment again but in a stamped-off Seaside Spray.

Well that is one Thank You card sorted for this week. Thank you Global Design Project team for the challenge. Head on over to their blog and find out what others have done with their projects. Entering once more has forced me outside of my creative comfort zone and taken me in a surprising direction. I think I am getting into this!

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