After making Christmas cards, bags, boxes, tags and gifts, it’s time to make the thank you cards!
I really enjoy giving gifts to people who have helped me or who have brightened my day in some way. There are those amazing, extraordinary people who seem to know just what you need at the moment and those little gestures of kindness can really make your day.
This is the time of year that it is so nice to reciprocate with a little something in return.
I decided to make a bunch of seasonal cards with thank you sentiments. They will work for everyone. I also decided to keep it simple.
I’ve got to be honest…my new UPS people have got to be thanking their lucky stars that I moved in. I am solid job security for those guys. Seriously! I’ve been looking at the same old stuff on my walls for the last 28 years. It was time to update the decor and moving into a new place is the perfect time to do that. Add to that my new found love of all crafting stores everywhere…just sayin’. I get packages all the time. I’m actually disappointed if I pull into my driveway and there are no packages sitting on the bench on the porch waiting for me! It’s got to be a Pavlovian response at this point. They deserve thank yous! Card stock and punches are heavy!
I had a bit of trouble embossing with this embossing folder today. I kept getting creases on my paper every time I embossed.
Can you see the paper crease? I tried flipping the plates and a few other things, all to no avail. I finally removed the bottom cutting plate and replaced it with a silicone embossing pad.
This worked like a charm. If you don’t have one of these, it’s worth the investment. You can use it for other things too like embossing with your thinlets and framelets. I will do a video on that this week. (I’m just dying to start making videos again!)
Notice that I have my Big Shot platform, the silicone pad, the embossing folder with the paper inside and then the top cutting plate. No more crease!
Here is what this pad looks like:
Before I bought my Big Shot from Stampin’ Up!, I had purchased a Big Shot Pro. It’s a giant Big Shot that cuts through all kinds of materials. I have a lot of different tools that I used with that depending on what I was cutting. This is one of those tools. I like having this because it actually fits in the smaller Big Shot which I have found more convenient to use on a daily basis. I have found that this has several uses and one of them is to get rid of those creases. It serves as a flexible pad that absorbs some of the pressure as you use your Big Shot. I also have a black version of this as well as some other specialty plates. You can learn more about these from the Sizzix website. I’ve actually found some great tips and ideas from their site.
I do love my Sizzix Big Shots. I’ve had them for years and I’m always happy with the results. Experimenting with different techniques and materials is a lot of fun as well. Use up your scraps and try out some new techniques in the new year!
My plan is to start a technique a week video series in 2018. I’ve been taking classes and experimenting with new tools and techniques. Crafting is an ever evolving world and it’s fun to learn and try new things!
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Thank you for stopping by during the busy holiday season!!