Good Morning friends! I recently was involved in an Easter Basket swap (turned May Day box because of time issues) with some good friends on a crafting chat board. We were paired up with another participant, exchanged questionnaires and swap specifications, and got busy! My partner and I decided on a set dollar amount to spend on gifts, then we also chose to include 2 hand-made projects in each others boxes.
One of the projects I made for her was a set of 12 monogrammed note cards. I know that I am very bad about having any cards ready made, should I need one, and always have to spend a bunch of time creating one at the last minute. My partner is a busy mom of 2 boys, like I am, so I figured she is probably in the same boat. It will hopefully be helpful to her to have these monogrammed cards all ready to go should she need it!
The Twinery. I used 6 different colors, and made 2 of each card.
The cards are basic A2 size, so I was able to use pre-made envelopes. I cut each piece of cardstock into a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip, then scored it across the middle and folded, to make the base of the card. I used my Creative Memories corner rounder on all the corners. The white piece of cardstock on the front is 4"x 5", then I sprayed it with pearl Glimmer Mist. I know it doesnt come across in the pictures, but the shimmer it has is really pretty. Once the Glimmer Mist was dry, I embossed the paper using my Cuttlebug and the Polka Dots embossing folder.
Before adhering the embossed piece to the card base, I cut 3 lengths of twine to go across the front. I used scotch tape to adhere them to the back of the white cardstock. Once that was complete, I used my ATG gun to stick the white piece to the base. Also, because the card bases are colored, I cut an additional 4x5 piece of white cardstock, rounded the corners, and adhered it to the inside of the card. This gives a nice clean place to write, that your standard black or blue ink pens will stand out on without getting lost on the colored paper.
For the monogram, I used Cricut Design Studio to size a scalloped circle to 2-ish inches (the scalloped circle came from the Mini Monograms cartridge). Then I sized a plain circle to fit just in side the scallop (the plain circles were from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge). I didnt use an exact size, I just used the "handles" on the selected shape to pull it into the size that fit. Once I had that inner circle, a second plain circle was added, but I put the monogram inside of it (the "D" for the monogram is from the Lyrical Letters cartridge). Because I was using Design Studio, I was able to lay out several of these at once and cut almost everything on one mat. Once everything was cut, I adhered the circles together, using the negative cut of the monogram for the top layer, to let the white underneath come through. Then adhered the piece to the card using my ATG gun.
Once all the cards were assembled, I stacked them with a dozen envelopes and tied them all up in a cute little package with more Twinery twine. I added a small tag, also cut with the cricut (Plantin Schoolbook cartridge), that I wrote her a little note on.
There you go! An easy to make gift that would be great for teachers, friends, and family!