Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thank You Cards

Now that all the presents have been opened and we've wrapped up another holiday season, it's time to sit down and make out your thank you cards. 

There are many different styles of thank you cards available, most with a simple 'thank you' on the outside of the card and a blank inside for personal notes. I decided to take simple thank you cards and embellish them a bit using the Martha Stewart Crafts Foil Transfer Kit available at Michaels.

The kit comes with everything you need to create beautiful cards, labels, or tags for future presents.

Inside the kit, you'll find 4 pages of adhesive design transfers, 6 sheets of foil, and a craft stick to help with the transfer process. 

I chose thank you cards from a Martha Stewart Occasions set.  This particular card comes from the eyelet card collection. 

Step 1:  Carefully remove the adhesive transfers from the protective backing.  Be very careful to not touch the transfers! 

Step 2:  Place the transfer on the card, taking care to center the image.  A helpful hint:  You may want to cut out the transfer from the larger sheet.  I found that some of the other transfers were coming off on the front of my card with the slightest pressure. 

With the transfer in place, rub with the craft stick across the image to transfer the adhesive to the card.  It doesn't take a lot of pressure to do this, so be careful to not leave indentations on your card from rubbing to hard!

Step 3:  Slowly lift the transfer covering from the card.  Your image will now be in place on your card. 

Step 4:  Next, select the foil color you wish to use.  There is a glossy (shiny) side and a matte side to the thin foil sheets.  Place the foil matte side down on your transfer image.  Be careful.. you'll want to make sure the foil is smooth.  Lightly rub the foil with the craft stick to secure the foil to the adhesive transfer. 

Step 5:  Slowly lift the foil sheet to expose your new foil image.  Using a soft brush (such as a camel hair paint brush), lightly brush over the area to remove any loose foil. 

Easy as that, you have taken a store bought card and kicked it up a notch with a bit of embellishment!

The foil transfer kit comes with a variety of designs, including birds, flourishes, leaves, flowers, and many others you will find  useful. 

By the way... most thank you cards should be sent within 30 days of receiving a gift!


Elaine said...

I really like the those kits and bought some myself. Your card turned out so pretty!

Elaine said...

I love the menu! That is a great picture of Josh - looking forward to reading your interview with him!

mike said...

I haven't seen those yet! How neat!!! I must investigate.... first I need to set foot in Michaels - it's been too long! Love the card Kenn!

John R. said...

Those are beautiful. Simple and elegant. Love them!