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Thank You Berry Much: Berry Blessings & A Touch of Ink

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This cheery thank you card features two free Sale-a-bration products–the Berry Delightful designer series paper and the A Touch of Ink stamp set.  The Berry Delightful DSP is part of the Berry Blessings bundle and is a fun, spring-y paper collection.  

The card is backed by some Pacific Point cardstock and in the video, I show how I was able to get all 3 base pieces from just one 4¼ x 5½” piece of cardstock.  Operation Write Home sketch #14 inspired this card’s design.

Plan Your Berry Blessings Paper Well

When I design my cards, I like to leverage designs where I only need to use a 4″ wide strip of paper, instead of 4¼”. That way, you can get 6 card fronts from one sheet of 12×12 paper.   But for this card, it seemed I needed to make it 4¼” after all.  I wanted the green leafy background leaves to be vertical and made the mistake of cutting the strip of DSP 4¼” from the left with the leaves pointing up.  Oops.  When flipped as the background to be a landscape-shaped card, the leaves were then facing sideways.  I took my losses and cut another strip in the right direction.  Thankfully, this was not one of my very favorite patterns in the collection (hint:  that would be the blueberry paper!)

The blueberry & plaid paper are on the same sheet and that one, I could get away with using just a 4″ strip.  You can get both pieces out of a 4×5½” piece, and still have a ¼” strip left over to decorate the inside of the card.

Adding A Touch of Ink

I really liked the 2-layer butterfly stamp in the  A Touch of Ink stamp set and the Thank You sentiment was just the right size for my skinny stamped element.  This is also a free Sale-a-bration item that can be earned with a $100 purchase.  It has 4 separate 2-step elements (hummingbird, flower, leaves, and butterfly) as well as 6 different sentiments.

Color Choices to Match the Berry Delightful Paper

To color the butterfly, I chose to use Seaside Spray ink instead of the Pacific Point.  As it is, with double-stamping, it came out pretty dark.  To add a little extra interest, after I inked up the stamp I used a Stampin’ Write marker in Pacific Point to flick some stripes outward on the wings.  A little huff of breath remoistened the ink, just in case it had started to dry. Be sure to use a Stampin Write marker not a Stampin Blend marker.  The alcolhol ink would stain the stamp.  For this card, you wouldn’t really have a choice, there isn’t a Stampin Blend marker in Pacific Point.  But still.

I also made a different version of this card by coloring in the butterfly wings.  Which one do you like better?  
Tell me your favorite in the comments below!  And what else is different between the two cards?  Do you see it?

blue stamped butterfly on Berry Blessings DSP thank you card Marker
blue stamped butterfly on Berry Blessings DSP thank you card Stamped

Watch how I used the Berry Blessings DSP & A Touch of Ink Stamps on this Card

I put an instruction sheet together with all of the measurements and steps so you can recreate these cards yourself.  I’ve moved all of my instruction sheets onto my website so the links continue to work.  They can now be found in the Crafty Friends Club Vault. You can join the Club simply by subscribing to my (almost) weekly newsletter and will have access to all of the general Club files as well as the instruction sheets.

I’ve gathered all of the cards I’ve made with the 2021 Sale-a-bration products in one place.  I wanted it to be easy for you to see inspiration for how you can use these free products and help narrow your free product choices.  You can find those projects in one spot by following the link in the button below.

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