Crafting a themed greeting

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These fall-themed, handmade greeting cards make a perfect little gift. I don’t know about you but I’m always in need of just the right card to send for birthdays, a quick thank you, or just a card to say ‘hi.’  This great little gift is self-contained: five cards, five envelopes, stamps and all tucked neatly into a coordinating gift bag! Who wouldn’t want to receive one!

It’s a breeze to create, especially when using coordinating paper packs like the Cherry Truffle pack I used from Quick Quotes. I began by making five cards, all with different sentiments to cover several occasions. A few have some unique features to them, just to add a little special touch here-and-there.

On the ‘Life’ card I used a Fred Mullet stamp, clear embossing ink and ultra thick clear embossing powder. By using the clear embossing ink and powder it lets the beauty of the paper show through while giving a look and feel of dimension and texture. The sentiment is stamped in Ranger Coffee Archival ink, heat set and then I spread Dried Marigold Distress ink on my non-stick craft sheet, spritzed it with water and lightly brushed it over the sentiment to add a hint of color. Love the final results!

I’ve always loved the concept of inchies but don’t have the patience to decorate those small 1-inch pieces of paper so I take the easy way out by punching scalloped squares with a punch from McGill. It’s a 15/16″ and I back it with a 1-inch square punched coordinating cardstock. I love the look and have used it many times on cards and scrapbook pages. On this card the scallop square is punched from papers in the Cherry Truffle line and edged lightly with Ranger Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber. I run all the squares through my Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker, stack them together, place them on the background then pierce through the center and brads in each one.

The bag is made from just one sheet of 6X12″ cardstock and is decorated using the Cherry Truffle papers and a scallop border punch.

I finished it off by adding a vellum quote from Quick Quotes processed through the 5″ Creative Station. Xyron machines work great for vellum papers; the adhesive totally coats the back of the vellum so nothing shows through except the background paper – as it should be!

I sprinkled some clear embossing powder on a couple chipboard pieces from the Quick Quotes Bag o’ Chips after heating them with my heat gun and then melted the powder. By not using ink it gives more of a random look, which is what I like. These are dangled from the ribbon handle. All that’s left to do is insert the cards, envelopes and stamps and your gift is ready for presentation!