Monday 24 March 2014

Just Sayin' a wooden thank you

It was my youngest son's birthday recently and he needed cards to write his thanks for all his lovely presents, so I had to come up with a design that a newly teenaged young man would be happy to write in. Here's what I came up with:

I was thinking of school desks, of ink blots, of comic books and, when I thought of my son, a star! The star I used is from the free Sale-a-bration stamp set Banner Blast and it cuts out in one click of the star punch from the Merry Minis punch set.

The panel was stamped in Basic Grey with Stampin' Up's gorgeous Hardwood background stamp. TIP: For even coverage, it's easier to press the panel onto the inked up stamp rather than the other way around. I smeared a Pear Pizzazz ink pad over the wood image for a little colour and then added an ink blot courtesy of the indispensable Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.

British people don't usually send cards with 'Gee thanks' on them unless they're being sarcastic, but it's easy to ink up with markers leaving the 'gee' out. The speech bubbles in the brilliant Just Sayin' stamp set has coordinating framelits so it's quick and easy to cut them out, especially with the magnetic Big Shot platform which holds them firmly in place.

I spotted this fabulous colour palette over at Colour me... this week:

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When I was a girl, it was obligatory to use an ink pen at school and you'd be given bad marks for any ink blots or messiness. Most of the children wrote with cartridge pens but I was bought a fountain pen, which proved impossible for me to cope with. I couldn't work out how to fill it and it would maliciously spit out ink as I was writing. Looking back, that pen caused me a lot of grief but, weirdly, the first thing I spent my wages on when I first started work was...

... a beautiful yellow Harley Davidson fountain pen, which is one of my favourite possessions and writes like a dream!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Oh yes! These are just perfect for his thank you's.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. I bet he was thrilled with these, so clever AGAIN!

    LURVE your pen. Blots were the bane of my life as a child, but even though I don't use one now, there is NOTHING like writing with a "proper" pen.

  3. really fab set of cards, vicky!! love your take on the color combo! thanks so much for playing along with Colour Me!!

  4. Well I would say you nailed the design of this card. I am sure your son must have been happy with them!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Colour Me...! Sure hope we will see you around again soon :)

  5. I love how you've given that colour palette an earthy feel by using wood, the colours are perfect. I used to love using fountain pens although yep they did cause quite a few ink splodges!!!
    Jenny x


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