Sunday, 25 August 2013

Car Rally Thank You Cards

My church holds a community car rally each summer. This year, I was asked to make 50 thank-you cards to help show our appreciation to all the participants. Not a problem, right? How about having less than a week to complete this project? Yeppers - planning this project suddenly became important because I am not the kind of gal who backs down from a challenge. So here's the lot of cars, ahem, cards:

Yes, there really are 50 of them! Having to do so many in such a short period of time meant that I needed to consult my go-to source of shaped-card inspiration... Silhouette. If you've read some of my previous posts, you'll already know that I totally {heart} my Silhouette Cameo. You'll also know that I very rarely use a design as presented... this is a close-up of the final product:

I cut the card base from Samantha Walker's Classic Car Card shape, and made a couple of tweeks to the car shape, like adding the fins and cutting out the wheel wells. The ability to customize a 'factory' shape to my specific needs is a big part of the reason why I selected Silhouette for my electronic cutting. And y'all know how much I {totally don't} love fussy cutting.

The tires were inked on the base, then the car body (cut from cardstock) attached on top.

The sentiment on the front was cut, then inked with a platinum metallic ink to give it some shine. Even though you can't see it well here, it was subtly sparkly - pretty but not so pretty that a guy would be offended.

The inside of the card was uber-simple, with a basic thank you stamp.

You can also see how the front of the car is cut in order to present a 3D effect with the windows, front vents and tires.

As a final touch, I added this stamp to the back of the card. It fit perfectly!

The annual car rally depends on the participation of both church and community members to be a success, and so this added touch hopefully expressed our gratitude. After all, when you think about the hours and hours that go into restoring a classic, and then babying it in preparation for display... well, that deserves a personal touch!

So what do you think... should I start whipping up a batch of these for next year too, or do you have any other suggestions to show appreciation to the car guys and gals who make this event a success? I've already committed... LOL!

Check out Silhouette Challenges for more shaped cards inspiration.

Update (added August 28): Thanks to the gals at Paper Nest Dolls Challenge for selecting shaped cards as their challenge theme. Go tell 'em hello and be ready to be inspired.

7 comments:

  1. Those are ADORABLE Cards! Lots of work on your part! But I'm sure will be appreciated! :o) Thanks so much for joining us over at the Silhouette Challenges! :o)

    Theresa (silhouette Challenge DT)
    www.miislucky.blogspot.com

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  2. Super job on the car. Thanks for joining us at SIlhouette Challenges

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  3. Wow...fab job!! A serious number of cars!! Thanks for playing along with us at Silhouette Challenges!!

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  4. Soooo cute! Love it!!!

    Thank you for joining our Shaped cards Challenge at The Paper Nest Dolls.
    Jasmina DT PND

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  5. Awesome shaped card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Challenges.
    xxx

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  6. Love it! It's fun to see them all "parked" there on your carpet...so many different colors!

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