Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Musical Thanks


Right before Christmas, Kate's piano/vocal teacher contacted me to order some music-themed thank you notes. I had been planning to make these notes as a gift for her, but I ran out of time, so she's getting them this week instead.

The starting place for this design was the piano-keyboard edge. I've noticed lately that a lot of very cool designers are putting black and white striped edges on their card fronts and figured by positioning this Waltzingmouse keyboard border (appears to be retired) so that it is stamped off the edge of the card, it allowed me to follow the trend and personalize the card for a musician!

Next, some colour. I decided that the keyboard would be on the inside of the card. I cut the front 1/4" shorter than the back, then masked and sponged a 1/4" strip with 5 distress ink colours (Twisted Citrus, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean).

Finally the sentiment. I settled on Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks because it had the musical 'note' reference. Using my MISTI made it easy to ensure that the sentiment was in the same spot on every card. Finally, I added a little eighth-note from my stash of old stamps.



17 comments:

Maxine D said...

Beautiful cards Ardyth, and I think they are really appropriate for a music teacher.
Blessings
Maxine

Lynn said...

I will most certainly be casing this. Fabulous!

Kristie Goulet said...

AMAZING! LOVE these so much!

Lisa said...

The keyboard on the inside is fantastic Ardyth, love these so much!!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Simply brilliant. Love the touch of colour.

Helen Gullett said...

WOW.... fabulous card set, Ardyth!

Jen W. said...

These are ridiculously cute and clever. Love the keyboard and pops of colour!

Shelly said...

These are FABULOUS!!

Jenni's Jems said...

Think you have hit your remit right on the head Ardyth love the piano keys inside the card...and btw as for struggling this week bet you come up with something pretty special you you usually do !!:)x

Jenni's Jems said...

Think you have hit your remit right on the head Ardyth love the piano keys inside the card...and btw as for struggling this week bet you come up with something pretty special you you usually do !!:)x

Lindsey said...

These are just perfect. Sad that the keyboard stamp is retired, but I think I could still CASE this with some washi tape I have... ;)

Tracey McNeely said...

A fabulous collection of note cards and great use of MISTI!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Lovely and very personalized gift of notes! Beautiful in the rainbow of colours! Amazing YOU!

Happy Dance said...

Perfect musical thank you cards! I have no doubts that Kate's teacher is going to love these. Amazing colors too. Those strips of bright colors work beautifully against the keyboard. Love that little eighth note as an apostrophe! You are so darn clever!!!! I'm going to be that these will be CASEd all around blogland! Miss you!!! Bev

Anita in France said...

Perfect, Ardyth ... every. single. detail! Love them ... goodness, my friend, they'd be hard to give away!! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Bobby said...

I've noticed that black and white trend too, Ardyth, but this is so much more personal with the keyboard. Great idea and great cards.

Sherrie M. said...

Oh my Ardyth! LOVE this card set!