The beauty and convenience of handcrafting your own cards is that you can make them any size you need or want and for any occasion you could possibly imagine. I needed to send Thank You cards to a couple beautiful ladies who hosted me at an Intracranial Hypertension Awareness conference at the end of June.
I had some lovely Workshop on the Go Skylark Scrapbooking Kit papers and embellishments that I wanted to use, but I had no card envelopes on hand. What to do? I just went over to my desk and grabbed a couple of "regular" envelopes! I had two different sizes to choose from, letter size and check size, so I decided to make one of each size card.
This first one shown here and at the top of this post is the smaller (check-size) card. The 12"x12" background paper in the Skylark Paper Packet (included in the scrapbooking kit) is preprinted with a fabulous design, so I just used a piece of the upper right corner of the page. This had the awesome striped ribbon as well as the top lacy border and the "Beautiful Memories" sentiment already there for me. I simply cut it to size and mounted it onto a piece of white cardstock the edges of which I inked with my Desert Sand inkpad.
Then I went back to my Skylark paper and cut out two small birds and one large one, which I adhered to the front of the card. Two flower embellishments from the Skylark Assortment (included in the Skylark Scrapbooking Kit) got placed onto the left side of the card front, and my card was almost finished!
I carried the theme of the card through to the inside by stamping a little flower in the lower right corner in Desert Sand and then I finished it off by stamping an identical flower on the back where I signed my artwork. As you can see in the first photo of my post, I used the same flower stamp to decorate the front of the envelope. This time, I stamped it in our Lagoon ink.
That flower stamp is not included in the Skylark kit; but if you like it, I have three mini stamp sets left (each set includes that flower, a butterfly, a dragonfly, and a skylark on a branch) and will be glad to send you one as a Thank You for your $25 order through my website. This offer is only available while supplies last, which means the first three people who take me up on it will get to have them.
This next card was made to fit the larger, letter-size envelope. I used the same Skylark Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit as above, using the same techniques.
As I mentioned, the Skylark 12"x12" paper is preprinted with a fabulous design. So all I did for this card was cut a piece from the left side of the paper and adhere it to the white cardstock base -- the edges of which I had, like the other card, inked with my Desert Sand inkpad. The beautiful bird, vertical ribbons, and foliage were already on the paper. How cool is that!
I wanted to add a sentiment to the front of the card, so I used a stamp from one of my retired sets (you can use any sentiment that fits your own occasion) and stamped it in Lagoon ink.
My final flourish for the card front -- and only the second thing I added -- was a bit of Teal Shimmer Trim above the sentiment to give the card a little bling.
Once again, I carried the theme to the inside of the card. This time, I used the skylark from the same mini set that contained the flower from the first card. That was stamped in Lagoon ink. I stamped the skylark again on the back of the card for my signature spot using Desert Sand ink.
Finally, I stamped the large bird from the Believe in Yourself stamp set in Lagoon ink onto the front of the envelope and I was done!
Below is a photo of the two cards side by side along with their envelopes, so you can see the size difference.
There you have it: two lovely handcrafted cards made to fit two envelopes I already had on hand, and all in under an hour without having to run to the store!
If you like this paper design and the complementing Skylark Assortment of embellishments, please be sure to order them quickly because this scrapbooking kit is retiring at the end of July.
For a complete list of retiring Close to My Heart products, CLICK HERE. Remember, these items will retire at the end of July so if you see something you like please be sure to place your order right away.