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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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


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