There's nothing more beautiful than a white picket gate opening into a rose garden and there's no better way of saying, "Thank You," than with roses. Create your own handmade thank you card, using the intricate flower designs from our fabulous Summer Roses Peg Stamp Set.
- Summer Roses Peg Stamp Set
- Thank You Mini Peg Stamp
- White - 8.5x11 half-sheet, folded; scraps
- Apple green
- Split Pea
- Green Tea
Other Supplies -
- Embossing folder of your choice; polka dots embossing folder
- Circle template
- Small piece of book board or balsa wood (1-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches)
- X-acto knife
- White acrylic paint
- Paper piercer
- 3 Copper mini brads
- Double-sided foam tape
- 1-inch circle punch
- Ribbon - pink
INSTRUCTIONS for the Card Base
Run the white card stock through the embossing machine using the embossing folder of your choice. Fold in half and using Hyacinth ink, scuff the edges of the front of the card.
Run the green card stock through the embossing machine using a polka dot embossing folder.
Take up the green card stock and a 3-inch circle template. Use the circle template to draw the top part of the arbor shape. Using the ruler, draw the sides of the arbor shape, the dots will help you create a straight line without measuring. The arbor shape I ended up with is 3 inches wide and (from tip to tip) 4.5 inches tall.
Cut the arbor-shape out of the green paper. Now, use it to trace the shape onto a piece of white paper.
Use the bamboo ink pad to scuff the edges of the green arbor-shape with bamboo ink and glue it to the embossed white card stock base.
Set the card base aside and take up the white paper on which you just drew the arbor pattern and begin to stamp the rose arbor.
INSTRUCTIONS for the Rose Arbor
Stamp the Rose in Split Pea ink, leaving enough room next to the penciled lines for Leaves and Sprig.
Stamp the Rose again, this time in Orchid ink.
Stamp the Rose yet again, in Heliotrope ink. Stamp a second impression before re-inking for added dimension.
Stamp the Rose a fourth time in Orange ink.
Now stamp the Leaves in Split Pea ink.
Stamp the Leaves again, this time in Green Tea ink. Stamp a second impression before re-inking for added dimension.
Stamp the Flower in Raspberry ink.
Stamp the Flower again, this time in Grape ink.
Stamp the Sprig in Lavender ink.
Now, cut out the Rose arbor and glue it to the green arbor-shape.
Glue the resulting piece to the white card base and set it aside for now. Now let's go to the Garden Gate.
INSTRUCTIONS for the Garden Gate
Take the small piece of book board and use an X-acto knife to score some stripes in it so that it looks like it is made of wood slats. Then use the X-acto knife to cut out the pickets. In this sample, I didn't measure anything, just eyeballed it. The pickets aren't perfect but they do look handmade.
Now use the white acrylic paint to paint your garden gate. Next, use the X-acto knife along the length of the "boards" again, to accentuate them. I purposefully roughed up the book board underneath the white paint. I wanted my gate to look weathered so I rubbed off some of the paint and scuffed up the book board a little bit.
Take the paper piercer and make three small holes in the garden gate. Place the brads in the holes. Bend the prongs of the brads so that they are flat against the back side of the garden gate.
The book board I used was previously painted a dark brown. This worked well with the white paint since I wanted the gate to look weathered.
Attach the garden gate to the card base with a thin strip of folded paper. Make the strip thin enough that it won't interfere with the sentiment on the inside of the card.
Now let's put some embellishments on the garden gate.
On a scrap of white card stock, stamp two separate floral arrangements, as pictured below.
This cut-out will go on the bottom.
This piece will go on top, attached double-sided foam tape.
Cut out both of the arrangements and, using double-sided foam tape, tape the smaller one on top of the larger one, as in the image below.
Then glue the resulting piece to the garden gate. Set aside this part of the card.
INSTRUCTIONS for the Sentiment Medallion
On a small scrap of white card stock, stamp the "Thank You" stamp in Black ink.
Then stamp the Rose in Split Pea ink.
Stamp the Leaves in Green Tea ink.
Last, stamp the Flower in Raspberry ink.
Line up and punch the images you just stamped in a circle punch. Scuff the edges of the circle with Lavender ink.
Put the card in an envelope and you're done!
We hope you enjoyed this week's project tutorial. Have a great couple of weeks until we meet again.
Happy Stamping from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!
Renee Britt Lewis, Contributing Writer