A Batch of Thank You Cards for Rachel

Last week, my friend Rachel asked if I could make her some thank you cards for a birthday party her husband recently threw for her.  I had a lot on my plate, but I couldn’t say no.  How could I send her to someone else for the cards of her dreams?  🙂  I was honored to make these cards that she could share with her friends and family who came to her special party.  The only design request she gave was that she wanted “purple and black cards to match her party theme.”  She also wanted half of them to be “formal” and half of them to be “casual.”  Before I had officially agreed to make them, I knew what I’d be making.  Here are the cards I created:

The Casual One

Another Thank You, Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

The Formal One

A Whole Lot of Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • The Casual One.  I used Rich Razzleberry for Rachel’s casual thank you cards.  It has that bright, playful feel and paired perfectly with this fun pattern from Into the Woods Designer Series Paper.  The sentiment from Another Thank You was a bold, fun image and easy to add to the top panel of this card.  I used a layout that I had used several times before – and I’ve loved it every time.  You can see the flexibility of this layout here and here.
  • The Formal One.  Blackberry Bliss has a much more sophisticated look to it, so I chose that for Rachel’s formal thank you cards.  I used the 2014-2016 In Color Designer Series Paper  Stack to create a backdrop for this stamp from A Whole Lot of Lovely (a Host set in the Annual Catalog).  The detail of this card is found in the layering – you know I can’t pass up on some good layers, and seven seemed like a good number to me.
  • All Together Now.  When I make a bunch of cards, you already know I like to capture an “infinity shot” of them – just makes me feel happy to see them all together.  Before I bundled them up to mail them to Rachel, I laid them out and grabbed a quick shot.  I loved seeing these purples together.Another Thank You, A Whole Lot of Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Casual Card

Stamp Sets:  Another Thank You  Papers:  Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Perfect White Accents, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Formal Card

Stamp Sets:  A Whole Lot of Lovely (Host set) Papers:  2014-2016 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Blackberry Bliss  Accessories:  Circles Collection Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Terrific cards Brian! The purple brings such a regal quality to both of the designs. 7 layers are perfectly wonderful, the thin black layer highlights the other layers. I’m sure Rachel will love them!

  2. Such lovely thank you’s, Brian! Two great designs; and I love that you used the Rich Razzleberry on one design and Blackberry Bliss on the other to further differentiate the casual and the formal. 😉

  3. Brian these are beautiful, so precise, like a machine. You make everything seem so easy. Hope you got to go to the party!

  4. I love seeing all those purples together, too. Two amazingly gorgeous cards!

  5. Beautiful cards, Brian. I love the colors and the designs as well. Have a great weekend.

  6. Pretty cards, though I thought the one on top looked more formal and the floral one on the bottom looked casual. LOL Either way they are beautiful!

  7. Oh Brian – you are THE best friend EVAH!!!!! How great of you to take time during this holiday season to help your friend. I’m going to start calling you Mr. Sweetness! LOL Just beautiful and I’m sure she will love them.

  8. Perfection to the max, Brian! You’ve got elegant and casual down to a science, my friend! 🙂

  9. You are an amazing artist…assuming that Rachel loved the ThNk Ypu cards….I did, especially using my favorite colors of purple! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. You are such a good friend Brian. Lovely cards! Such perfect & precise layers.

  11. I was confused, I thought the top one was the formal one, the bottom one more casual. They are both beautiful!

  12. Perfect my friend !! Rachel is going to love them !!
    You are a GREAT FRIEND!!!!!
    Hugs as alway my friend

  13. It’s nice to be nice! What a good friend you are to bust these out when you are busy. I’m sure she appreciated it. I love your purple collection of cards.

  14. Nice!

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