Often when we design greeting cards, we forget about the inside. So I thought I'd devote today's post to "The In's & Outs" of the "Thank You" cards that I made for my young friend as a wedding shower gift. My intention was to make each of the 22 cards unique, so that the bride could match the card to it's recipient. Here are a few examples of how I customized each card:
This "Thank You" card began with a light blue background...the same color as the bride's shoulder wrap. I layered it with a slightly darker blue polka dot paper and my favorite Washi tissue tape. After adhering the photo, I stamped on the "JOY" sentiment and added a lovely pale blue printed paper flower, which I accented with a mother-of-pearl button, sewn on with rafia. For the inside, I repeated the paper and the tape...this time stamping "Thank You" into the heart-shaped hole punched with my Fiskar punch.
Keeping with a similar theme (something that is necessary for the sake of efficiency and conservation when one embarks on making so many cards in one sitting), here's another card using the same polka dot paper:
Here the card is brightened considerably with the few red accents that were added to compliment the red gift bag in the photos. I repeated the sweet scalloped flower border on the inside and added a matching "LOVE" sticker.
I always try to picture what it would be like to open a handmade card, and what it would feel like to be surprised by a lovely unexpected touch on the inside, like the little heart below...
Here I used a deeper blue base, layered with some pretty scrapbooking paper from my stash, and used the same papers on the inside. This time I used the positive portion of a punched-out heart. I happen to love the random unevenness of stamped-on words and designs, and especially love it when the edge of the stamp leaves a little mark -it's a reminder that this card is made by hand. The gold gossamer ribbon is pretty against the blue, don't you think?
A sister card to the one above, I used similar papers, but on a brighter blue background (it's amazing how a slight color change can affect the feel of a piece) and used the negative image that remained from punching out the heart above.
I thought it would be rather cute to also punch out the couple's image with a slightly bigger heart punch. A little chipboard butterfly graces the front of the card.
In this next card, I added a 3-D layered flower on the front.
Often we can create a pretty and inexpensive embellishment by punching out a nice design from the patterned papers that we have on hand, as illustrated by this lovely butterfly image on the inside.
Loving the orange flower with the blue, I stayed with a similar theme here:
The inside flower was a flat version of the 3-D flower on the front, so as not to be too bulky for mailing. This is my final "Show and Tell" of-the-day...
I hope you enjoyed the "In's & Outs" of these little "Thank You" cards. Do you have a favorite yet? More to come in my next segment...