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  • Writer's pictureRick Adkins

Hare Mail Thank You Card: Newton's Nook Designs

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. Today, I want to share a delightful project that I recently enjoyed making—a Hare Mail Thank You Card featuring the adorable Hare Mail Mini Stamp Set from Newton's Nook Designs. Even though this stamp set is retired, it still holds a special place in my heart, and I just couldn’t resist bringing it out for a fun crafting session.

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Hare Mail Thank You Card:

Inspiration Behind the Card

There’s something incredibly satisfying about sending a handmade thank you card. It’s like sending a piece of your creativity and gratitude all wrapped up in one. I wanted this card to be cheerful and bright, perfect for expressing heartfelt thanks. The Hare Mail stamp set, with its cute bunny in an envelope, provided the perfect whimsical touch I was looking for.

Hare Mail Thank You Card by Rick Adkins

Stamping the Bunnies

To start, I stamped the Hare Mail image three times in a vertical line on my Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. This ink is my go-to for crisp, clean images, especially when working with detailed stamps like this one. I made sure to space the images equally to create a balanced look.

Coloring Fun with Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Coloring is always a joy, and for this card, I wanted to use summery colors to give each envelope a vibrant pop. My Tombow Dual Brush Pens were perfect for this. They blend beautifully on Bristol Smooth Cardstock, and the range of colors allows for endless creative possibilities. I chose bright orange, greens, pinks, and mixed in some grays, and browns to bring the bunnies and their envelopes to life. It’s amazing how adding a bit of color can transform a simple stamped image into something special.

Hare Mail Thank You Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Masking and Ink Blending

Next, I added some interest to the background using the Background Basics Stencils from Penny Black. I carefully masked the rectangles over the center of each bunny image with low tack tape. Masking can be a bit fiddly, but it’s worth the effort for the clean lines it produces. For the ink blending, I used Speckled Egg Distress Ink and Memento Toffee Crunch Ink with my Cotton Tail Blending Brushes. These brushes give a smooth, even blend that adds depth and dimension to the card.

Hare Mail Thank You Card by Rick Adkins Close Up View

Adding the Sentiment

Once the ink blending was done, I removed the masks to reveal crisp, white rectangles around each bunny. I then stamped the thank you sentiment from the same Hare Mail Stamp Set in Versafine Clair Nocturne Black Ink. This ink is perfect for sentiments because it gives such a rich, dark impression. Versafine Onyx Black Ink would work just as well here if that’s what you have on hand.

Hare Mail Thank You Card by Rick Adkins Side View

Finishing Touches

To assemble the card, I attached the card front to an A2 Card Base. For the finishing touches, I added a few highlights with a White Gel Pen and drew little hearts on the center of each envelope. These small details really make the card shine. I also stamped the small hare mail postage image in Memento Toffee Crunch Ink on each section of the ink-blended areas, adding a subtle, playful element.

Pro Tips for Card Makers

  • Pro Tip 1: When using low tack tape for masking, make sure to stick it to your clothes first to reduce its tackiness. This prevents it from tearing your paper when you remove it.

  • Pro Tip 2: For smooth ink blending, start your blending brush off the edge of the cardstock and work in circular motions. This helps avoid harsh lines.

  • Pro Tip 3: Experiment with different color combinations for the envelopes to match the season or the recipient’s favorite colors.

Hare Mail Thank You Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

Creating this Hare Mail Thank You Card was such a joyful experience, and I hope it inspires you to dig out your favorite retired stamp sets and give them new life. There’s a unique charm in blending the old with the new, and every card you make carries a piece of your heart to the recipient. If you try this design, I’d love to see your creations! Share them in the comments or tag me on social media.

Happy crafting, everyone! And remember, a handmade card is a hug with a fold in the middle.

Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you found a little spark of creative inspiration with my project today. Wondering what I used in this project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails in the Materials Used section, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible.

Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins

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