One of the the things I really love about Season of Thanks is that in addition to all of the wonderful images included to create custom projects, there are also three fantastic "pre-fab" images included as well. I like to think of them as design shortcuts. A little cardstock and ink is all you need to whip together a fantastic set of cards.
This project is quick, inexpensive, and chic. What more can you say? I whipped together a fun 6 card set with matching envelopes at a whopping cost of $1.35 in materials. The final cost will vary depending on the cost of your envelopes and number of cards in your set, but the cards average $.06 each in consumables! And...the whole set can be created from start to clean-up in about 20 minutes.
For a six card set, you will need:
- 4 pieces of cardstock (3 for the card bases and 1 for your focal images)
- 6 envelopes
- Season of Thanks and ink
Start by stamping 1 row of each image design onto cardstock. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock (Stampin' Up!) with Vintage Cream ink (Papertrey Ink). Trim each out leaving about a 1/4" border around all. Since these are all straight cuts you can use your paper trimmer...super quick! Click on the image below to see a larger view.
Cut each of the remaining three pieces of Kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink) in half longways (portrait style) to create 6 portrait 4.25" x 5.5" card bases. Score at 5.5" and fold. Now just adhere your focal image to the front of each card base. I popped the top card up on dimensionals, but left the rest flat. I like to make sure postage will be inexpensive and the cards will remain intact through the postal service for the recipients of my gift sets.
As a final touch, you can coordinate your envelopes. There are many ways to do this, but for mine, I used some complimentary images from the same set and embellished the lower corners of the envelope fronts.
Now I just couldn't stop there, I mean, that only took 20 minutes! So, while I had the same set out I decided to use the image from the first set as my guide to create another even more cost effective set. Just $.05 per card in consumables!
Using the separate images also included in Season of Thanks I recreated the "falling" images and sentiments across my card fronts. A little inking around the edges for interest and a rustic feel...and done. 10-15 minutes flat for a whole set, and it looks like I surely spent forever on it. ;o)
Thanks for stopping by today. We have a fantastic release this month. Big. Huge. So big in fact, we are delaying it a bit. We will be releasing 4 new stamp sets, 1 new digi-stamp set, and one of our Design Team will be making her debut as a Stamp Designer with not 1, but 2 sets! Talk about exciting. I will be keeping you posted both here on the blog and on theWplus9 Facebook page as it approaches. You will not want to miss all of the festive fun!