I am finally starting to settle back in to my routine after having my family from New Jersey visit all last week. We live in a town in South Carolina where there was 100% totality for the solar eclipse and the experience was extraordinary and breathtaking. Toward the end of last week, my husbands boss blessed us with an act of kindness that we really appreciated. I knew I wanted to make a special thank-you card for him because I really derive a ton of satisfaction from gratitude. There is just something about a thank-you card that gives you the warm and fuzzies and really makes you believe in the positive in people! I am using the Concord & 9th Petals and Pallets Stamp and Die Set today for this card.
The Concord & 9th Petals and Pallets Stamp and Die Set is ideal for classy, classic cards. Since my husbands boss is a male, I wanted to do something that looked more sophisticated and wasn’t overly feminine. I started with a 5.5×4.25 A2 sized card, and glued a piece of dotted aqua cardstock to the front of the card. Using the pallet die, I cut out two pieces and glued them together so they looked like one big pallet. I then used a grey ink with the coordinating wood-grained stamps to make them look realistically wooden. I glued the entire pallet to the front of the card and heat-embossed the sentiment from the stamp set onto the pallet.
I stamped a few of the flowers and leaves from the stamp set and die-cut them out, along with the stems from the stamp set. I glued them together to create a bouquet and then placed them onto the right side of my card, on top of the pallet. You may have to trim the bottoms of the stems with some scissors so that the card will still lay upright and flat.
To make it look even more realistic and add dimension, I used some orange-striped twine and wrapped it around the base of the stems. I adore this little detail and I think it really makes the card. You can do this with any color twine and have it coordinate with your flower colors!
To finish it off, I added some clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to add some sparkle and shine. I love the way this turned out. It has a very classic, retro look to it that reminds me of South Carolina. It’s very farmhouse sophisticated. To top it off, when I sent it in with my husband, he said his boss didn’t even know it was a handmade card! I feel like that element makes it really special to give to someone.
The Concord & 9th Petals and Pallets stamp set can be found online here and the die set can be found online here. I can think of so many different uses for this set, even using the flower stamps to add decoration to white wrapping paper from the Dollar Store. It’s a really fantastic shabby-chic set that can be used on a variety of cards.
Wine Pairing: Yellowtail Chardonnay
This was one of the very first wines I started drinking in my 20’s. It’s unpretentious, classic, and affordable.