When I send a note to someone I like to make a card. For a while I had needed to send cards to two different people. So one day I finally sat down, picked out cards to make, and made them.
I looked through one of my quilling books: The Art of Paper Quilling and found a real pretty design which I snapped a picture of for you to see. This design was actually meant for a frame, but I liked the flowers so decided I would take two of the flowers, make them, and put one on each card.
The purple one I made was actually from modifying the middle flower in the picture. I didn’t have the right colors so I used what I had on hand. I think it turned out real pretty.
The second one I made was using the design for the fourth flower in the pictures. I really liked how it looked using two different pinks and the bunny ear flower petals. The leaves were done using a technique call fan husking. They took the longest to do but I like the way they look.
I think both the cards turned out real nice. I had so much fun making them. If you want to make them the instructions for these flowers and lots of other cute designs for frames, cards, place cards, and little paper gift bags can be found in the book: The Art of Paper Quilling. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but I don’t think they sell it anymore so I linked it to amazon’s page for the book.
I always try to be prompt about writing thank you cards right after Christmas. I also like to make my own cards, not use bought ones. For thank you cards for this past Christmas I decided to get to work and make some shiny snowflake ones.
While I was prompt about making them I was obviously not prompt about posting this. However, I did think about posting it several times (and it’s the thought that counts), so please enjoy this 6 months late and get a head start for this Christmas.
For all of my cards I used a set of plain white cards and envelopes from Hobby Lobby, an embossing heat tool, and silver embossing powder. I also used small pieces of dark blue paper for the two cards just below. I used two different thank you stamps and a variety of snowflake stamps.
I really like the combination of silver and dark blue so that was my focus on the card above and below.
However silver still looks nice on a plain white background.
I used one large snowflake stamp and did it three different ways: landscape, portrait, and portrait with thank you at the bottom.
I have to say that the card below is my absolute favorite. I used two different small snowflake stamps and randomly positioned them on the card.
I hope you’ll try out making your own snowflake cards. The possibilities are endless.
Soon after Christmas I had another occasion to write thank you notes. I did not want to use the same cards (snowflakes ones, post on these coming soon) so I decided to make some new ones.
I liked the idea of cutting a window into the card, so that is what I went with. I found some leftover paper in my stash and used some previously purchased cards.
(Side note here: When I was ready to start making the cards I realized we had no envelopes left so I decided to wait. In the past I had bought a 50 pack of cards and envelopes at Hobby Lobby and I planned to do that again. After I picked up the cards I realized that I really only needed the envelopes since we have lots of card stock that could easily be made into cards at home. I searched for some envelopes to fit 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards and was only able to find these. After comparing them I realized it was much cheaper to buy the pack of cards and envelopes than just the envelopes, weird. These are the ones I got. With a coupon and tax they ended up being under $5 for the pack. That’s $0.10 per card and envelope set, whereas buying only the envelopes would have cost $0.17 per envelope after coupon and tax.)
Since the cards I used were 4″ x 5.5″ I cut the pieces of pretty paper into 3.5″ x 5″ pieces allowing a 1/4″ margin on each side. After writing “Thank You” on a scrap piece of paper I figured out approximately how much room I needed for writing the message. I chose to make my window 3/4″ x 2″. For the portrait style I cut the window 1″ from the top and 3/4″ from each side. For the landscape style I cut the window 1 3/8″ from the top and bottom and 1 1/2″ from each side.
Above is a photo of the four different cards I made. I used two different papers and made some of each in both portrait and landscape orientation. To write “Thank You” I used a colored pencil that went with the paper. If you have a stamp the says Thank You in a straight line like that you could do that too, I didn’t though.
Happy Card Making!