On Tuesday I chatted about a gift that I made to give to my friends who knit warm hats and other items for people less fortunate than they are. Today I’d like to share the cards that I made to go with the gift.
Using the Retired Embossing Folder Again
As I mentioned on Tuesday, I used the retired “Winter Knit” 3D embossing folder for the tags I made for my friends. I originally thought of that embossing folder when I was considering what kind of a Christmas card I would make for them this year. So to go with the gift, out came the embossing folder again.
A Square Card?
One of the reasons that you rarely see me share a square card has two parts. The first is that I really do like my envelopes to fit my cards. The second is that, if I mail a square card in the United States and use an envelope that fits, I have to put more postage on it. That’s because the machines that the Postal Service uses reads addresses along the longer side of an envelope. If there is no longer side, the envelope cannot go through the automated system making the cost to process it higher. While I don’t mind the extra cost all that much, it’s a lot easier to use a stamp that you can buy anywhere.
On the other hand, if I don’t have to mail a card, why not make it square?! And, since I’m handing this gift over to my friends in person, I could do something a bit different just for them.
Choosing the Colors and Design
At this point in December, I don’t have much left in the way of holiday Designer Series Papers. Much of what I have left is from a set of papers that I neglected to use mostly because I didn’t care much for many of the designs. But I kept forgetting about the “other” side of those papers. So I chose two designs from the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper set (already sold out – lots of people liked it!). That led me to the colors I chose for the cards: Misty Moonlight and Real Red.
The design of both cards is identical. I started with a 5-1/4″ square card, with a colored cardstock card base and built up from there. Speaking of retired products: if you happen still to have one of the Envelope Punch Boards sold by Stampin’ Up! several years ago, the size paper you’d need for an envelope would be 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ beginning with the first line at 4-1/4″.
And Then the Accents
I chose the sentiment that began “Warm Wishes” for this card as I thought that built on the knitting theme. After all, knitted stuff keeps you warm, right? To accent the Misty Moonlight sentiment layer, I added a strip of the Faux Linen Ribbon (white) under the piece that I punched with the Label Me Fancy Punch. For a bit more pizzazz, I tied on a piece of Misty Moonlight/Silver Baker’s Twine. Both the Faux Linen Ribbon and the Twine are included in the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.
For the red card I used a strip of Real Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon tied with a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine. Is this yet another retired product I’m using here? NO!! Whisper White Baker’s Twine is making an appearance in the upcoming January-June Mini Catalog as part of a Baker’s Twine Combo Pack. More about that come January!
The Bottom Line
If you were fortunate enough to buy the Winter Knit 3D Embossing Folder when it was for sale last year, good for you. It’s definitely a keeper, and now you have yet another idea about how to use it! But if you did NOT buy it last year, this design will work nicely with lots of other embossing folders, including those that are for sale now. And it doesn’t matter if you are reading this in December 2020 or any other time. This is a fun, simple square card layout, with lots of possibilities!