Here's the sample on which I based my card.
I started by finding small designer paper scraps in my bucket. A great scrap buster technique. I selected them in the brown tones. I cut them down to .75 but they needed to be trimmed some more. The sample I found indicated 5/8" which is closer to the right width. Length 4.75" before trimming the ends. The ends are cut with a circle punch. Check out the link above for details. I used my Chocolate Chip ink pad to color all the edges of the books before I glued them to a piece of scrap paper. I tied some thick crochet cotton around the stack of books and added 2 Cuttlebug die cut tags onto which I added my greetings. This was layered onto a piece of ivory which I used chalk to create a bit of a shadow and then adhered the stack. I mounted these layers to a dark brown card.