Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thank-you Card to Cal Limo

Hello Crafters!

Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Easter...I know I sure did!

Today I am back to Thank-you Cards.

My DH and I recently attended an event/function with his place of employment and through the gracious and kind effort of California Limousines we and the rest of the group arrived in style and comfort!

We wanted to thank them personally, especially the owner, Mr. John Riga, who is a friend of ours and has provided us limousine service throughout the years for whenever and whatever we asked! (Weddings -including our own!- Proms, Special Parties and Graduations.)

We are most grateful to him and his company for all they have done for us!

I figured, what better way to express our thanks and make it personal than a home-made card!

I was actually planning on using a Cricut Cartridge to make a limousine, but sadly discovered that out of the almost 100 cartridges that I have...not one of them had a limo on it!

Cricut makes at least one that has a limousine on it (Formal Occasion I think?)...but of course that just happened to be one of the one's I didn't have!

Anyway...I used a rubber stamp instead and I wasn't thrilled at how it turned out, but at least it was representative of the company's service.

Looking back, I think I should have embossed it and the limo would have looked better, but I'm learning as I go, so next time I will think of that (hopefully!) LOL!

I started with a blank white card (4" x 5.5") from Recollections.

I could have cut the card myself out of cardstock of course, but if you catch these pre-cut & folded card sets on sale they are a great deal and make the process much faster!

I cut a strip of printed cardstock (striped) from the Recollections Elegance Pack and placed it across the front of the card.

I forgot what size I cut it at because I was just eye-balling it to see what would look good, but I think it was between 1-1/2" to 2" wide and went the length of the card.

I used the Calligraphy Cart to cut the 3" shape on the front (not sure what this shape is called) using printed cardstock from Recollections (Elegance, Stripes), and had a pre-cut 2-3/4" gold/yellow square from my stash that I put behind the ornamental shape.

After gluing both of those shapes down, I stamped the inside of the square with a Thank-you stamp.

I think it would have looked better embossed also...but alas, I didn't think about that until AFTER I had stamped it and I was afraid to try and line-it up and "re-stamp" it with embossing ink...for fear of ruining my progress at that point.

For the California Limousine Logo I went to their website and saved the jpg file of the logo and then put it into Microsoft Word and sized it down to the size I wanted (I actually copied it several times in word and made it different sizes so I could play around with it on the card to see what would look best).

After printing the file on my Lexmark Ink Jet Printer, I carefully cut out the logo using my Tim Holtz scissors (I LOVE them!)...They work great on small stuff like this.

I wanted to add just a touch of bling, but not too much, since the card was going to a man, so I added some Stickles Platinum around the square and some Darice self-stick gems to the right/middle of the card.

For the most part I was satisfied with the outcome.

I really like the the colors together and they seemed to be subdued just enough for a man, but still show some elegance.

Here is what I used to make the card:

Supplies/Tool List:

Cricut Cartridge: Calligraphy Collection
Recollection Blank White Card, 4" x 5.5"
Recollections Printed Cardstock, Elegance, 8.5" x 11", #179179, #83916-2010-12
Yellow/Gold Colored Cardstock (Brand unknown - from stash on hand) - to cut Square
Studio G Clear Stamp (Limo) (Part of set) - #VS4911 Series 14
Studio G iClear Acrylic Stamp Block
Inkadinkado Pigment Ink, Black #100118
Darice Self-Stick Gems, Earth, 7mm Round (#1213-54)
Miscellaneous Self-Stick Gems, Black (from stash on hand)
Recollections Foam Adhesive Mini Circles, 1/2" Acid Free
Ranger Stickles, Platinum, #SGG09696
California Limousine Logo (From Website), printed on Lexmark X4975 Printer
Tim Holtz Tonic Studio Shears
Zig Memory System 2-way Glue, Squeeze & Roll
SuperStik, Permanent Glue Stick

Hope you like this project, and if you want to please leave me a comment on what you think or what you feel I could have added to it or taken away from it to make it better.

I'm always up for learning...this is all still a bit new to me any any advice or encouragement is most welcome!

Thanks for joining me!



Rochelle said...

I love it, Lisa! It looks perfect to me. :) Life's ironic sometimes. 100 cartridges and the cartridge that you needed the most at the moment had to be the one you didn't have. :) But great, great solution! It's lovely.

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Breanna Hall said...

Hey Lisa! This was awesome! I love how you are do crafty! I haven't been able to do many crafts lately as I have been very very busy on work for school lately. I think the card is awesome! I love limos! haha (though I've never been in one. I just like seeing them pass by my car sometimes. LOL)