Create a Beautiful Mandala Thank You Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Create a Beautiful Mandala Thank You Card

Exploring is part of this creative world, but not all of our readers are experts or have been following us for a long time so today I’ll welcome you back to the basics. A few months ago, I told you that if I had to choose one ink pad (in a hypothetical world), I would choose the VersaMark Ink. Today I am sharing with you one of the multiple reasons why I consider it my must-have product. We have inks in almost all colors but with the VersaMark Ink you create a watermark effect that enhances the color of the paper. I love this effect and love the subtle appearance it creates. In my project, I am using Sahara Sand cardstock and if you notice on the above photo the ink is the same as the paper, just a little darker to create more emphasis over the stamped image.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Select your color of cardstock and ink your stamp with VersaMark.

Step 2

Stamp your image once, twice or as many times that you need it to obtain all the details and a darker color. In my sample, I stamped twice. Let the ink dry for a few minutes. And this multiple stamping is easier with a stamping tool such as the Misti Stamping Tool.

Step 3

Repeat the process to stamp the “Thanks” sentiment. But this time you can create a totally different effect using the VersaMark with Embossing Powder. You only need to ink your stamp with the VersaMark and then cover the stamped image with Silver Embossing Powder in my case or with any other color of embossing powder and melt it with the heat tool. VersaMark is an excellent embossing ink.

Step 4

To make my card more special, I cut the stamped sentiment with the corresponding die cut and stamped the complement sentiment making the same process. If you want to obtain a major texture you can repeat the stamping process all the time that you wanted…just don’t burn your paper!


  • Sahara Sand Card Stock
  • “Thanks” Stamps & Die cuts
  • Mandala stamp
  • Misti Stamping tool
  • Embossing powder anti-static bag
  • Die & embossing machine

Watch a Video on Quick and Simple Handmade Thank You Cards

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Writing a thank-you card is becoming a lost art. This year, show those who chose to gift you with their time, attention, or gifts a sweet and simple thank-you by penning a quick note inside an even quicker-to-make card. They’re so quick to make, in fact, that it’s best to go ahead and make a bunch at the same time and then you’ll be set for whenever you need them! And if you’re thank-you writing skills or a bit rusty, I’ve got three things to include in a good thank-you card right inside the video!


  • Cardstock – white
  • Card bases
  • Hampton Arts – SCO683 stamp set
  • Acrylic block
  • Craft Smith – Soho Boutique Paper Pad
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive runner
  • Dimensional adhesive