Typewriter trio

After crafting 60 holiday cards, I wanted to put aside the glitter, gleam and glitz for a while. Though I love all that “blings,” I needed a break.

This thank-you card is free of sparkle. It’s clean, simple and has a retro vibe. I played off its office theme by embellishing with common objects: staples and a paper clip.

Get ready to raid your desk. This card is easy to create.

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Here’s how to make it:

Cut a 5-by-1-inch piece of light-green cardstock. Stamp “THANKS” (mine’s from the Type collection by Hero Arts) in black ink (such as Versafine in onyx black) onto this piece, close to the right edge.

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Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of textured black cardstock (I used Bazzill Basics cardstock in blackbird). Adhere the light-green piece to the card’s front, half an inch from the bottom.

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Cut a 5-by-4 1/2-inch piece of office-themed, patterned cardstock (I used “Supply Closet” from the 9 to 5 collection by October Afternoon) and round its corners. Cut this piece at 3 3/8 inches from its top edge and half an inch from its bottom edge (cutting away a section that is 5-by-5/8 inches, which will not be used). Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the bottom section below the “THANKS,” a quarter of an inch from the card’s bottom edge.

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Cut a 5-by-2-inch piece of gray cardstock. Stamp a typewriter image (Hero Arts) three times across this piece in light-blue, black and red inks (I used ColorBox Cat’s Eye Queue chalk ink in French blue from the Misty Meadow collection, Versafine and Martha Stewart ink).

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Trim this piece from the top and bottom edges so that it is 1 5/8 inches high. Adhere this piece to the top portion of the patterned paper, just above the bottom edge. Attach staples along the bottom edge, a brad that says “MEMO” (mine’s from the 9 to 5 collection) to the lower-left corner and a red paperclip to the upper-left corner of the gray cardstock.

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Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the patterned paper above “THANKS,” a quarter of an inch from the card’s top edge.

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