Thursday, May 9, 2013

THANK YOU CARDS with BUTTERFLY and HEART PUNCHES

A lovely lady at our church, Glen Ayr has need of  ' Thank You ' cards.  She asked me for two and I thought   I would try to make them cheerful to go along with this time of year.

Here they are...

I always love the look of white background cards - something so simple and sweet about them. 

 Butterfly Thank You Card


Pretty coral pattern paper paired with white.  The background is embossed with Stampin' Up!'s Clouds Embossing Folder. As well, my greeting is stamped and punched with their Scallop Oval and Oval Punches.
The Butterfly Punch is a EK SUCCESS while the tiny butterfly is from a Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio Punch.


My real fun came by creating a decorative HEART pin using a simple sewing pin and a white plastic ' heart ' bead!  After sliding on the heart bead onto the red-topped pin, I trimmed off the sharp point of the pin using my old trusty tough scissors {or craft pliers} and then I wrapped some red crochet thread and glued it's end down. Voila - so pretty tucked into a ribbon! You can also add a touch of sparkle or glow by placing a gem or pearl on the heart bead as I did. 

HEARTS CARD

I truly forget where I saw the inspiration for this, but I thought the mixing of patterns for jazzing up a simple shape like a heart was so wonderful yet easy!!! 

Hearts punched in ' half ' and pieced back together!

Interior


Choose patterns that share a colour theme - I went with pinks and blue-greens. And don't be afraid of mixing patterns: plaids with florals/stripes, etc. It seems the more crazy you make it - the better it looks!  I think its safe to say that the rule-of-thumb is to keep the 'spirit' of your choices similar. No dark moody gungy pattern paired with a bright sweet floral - I could be wrong, but you learn along the way what works and does not !

I made several hearts punched from different cardstock sheets and then I cut them in half. Afterwards, I had fun "experimenting" with patching heart halves together!   I've more left-over so I can do another card fast!

Add a simple "Thank You Greeting" to the center. Colourful brads 
really seem to add a nice dimension

Verdict: fun, easy and sure to please!

Option: you could stitch along the seam of the two hearts
with contrasting thread!

Thanks for stopping by :)

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