Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TOY Cards

In this case, TOY doesn't mean a plaything; it means Thinking Of You. Although, I suppose the fun of making a card is almost like playing!

Besides receiving birthday and Christmas cards, which one can almost expect every year, it's really special to receive a card for no other reason than the person sending it just wanted to say "Hi, you're in my thoughts." What a wonderful feeling it is to be the recipient of a totally out of the blue and unexpected random act of kindness!

With that in mind, I sent these four cards out this week to put a smile on a few faces. It makes me happy to make cards (my craft room isn't called "my happy place" for nothing, you know!), and it makes me happy to make other people happy. Stamps, ink, and paper can be a pretty powerful thing, when you think about it.

The "How To" for this card
Image panel: Watercolor Paper 2-1/8" x 4-1/8"
Mat behind image: Basic Black 2-3/8" x 4-5/8"
DSP: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
Mat behind DSP: Basic Black 4" x 5-1/4"
Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored and folded at 4-1/4"
Scraps Whisper White for greeting and butterfly

Stamp images and color, using Blender Pens and ink pads, on watercolor paper. Add some Clear Wink of Stella, if you want to fancy it up! Cut into thirds (1-3/8" wide) and pop up on smaller Basic Black mat using Stampin' Dimensionals, spacing them apart evenly. There should be about 1/8" Basic Black showing all around. Stamp greeting on 1/2" wide strip of Whisper White. I used the Modern Label Punch (retired) and slipped the cardstock in from the back to trim each end so the label would be longer than the punch allows.

Adhere DSP to large Basic Black mat and then to card base. Center and attach Tea Lace Paper Doily to DSP. Cut Metallic Foil Doily in half, center and adhere to back of image mat, then attach to card base.

Stamp butterfly on scrap of Whisper White, color and fussy-cut. Pop butterfly up on half a Stampin' Dimensional. Edge greeting with Gold Wink of Stella and pop greeting up on Dimensionals.

STAMPS: Flowering Fields (SAB), A Dozen Thoughts
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White Thick, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper,  Brights, Regals & In Color DSP Stacks (retired)
INK: Basic Black Archival, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush (retired)
ACCESSORIES: Blender Pens, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Metallic Foil Doilies, Stampin' Dimensionals

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