Way back in my poor-student days, I used to make a tiny bit of extra cash making cards for people -- invitations, thank-you cards, etc. That was when I learned that, no matter how much I love making stuff from paper, I kind of hate making lots of the same thing from paper. Once I had a real job again, I stopped making cards for profit. Well, mostly.
I have one friend who is super-sweet, really appreciates handmade things, and likes my taste (and therefore gives me free reign, design-wise). For her, I'll make stuff. She needed to supplement her thank-you card stash recently (she's having a baby boy any day now, and several baby showers really put a dent in her stash!), and asked for 20 thank you cards with a woodland theme, but nothing too obviously baby-ish. Here's what I came up with:
I've always loved that little deer.
This is one of those designs that took way less time to mass-produce than I thought it would. Here's how it went:
Cut, score, and fold all the cards -- these are 4-bar, or 3.5x5 or so.
Punch two clouds (fiskars) from a post-it.
Stamp background (hero arts - envelope pattern), using clouds as a mask (I used a brayer for the ink -- a pain to clean, but much faster when stamping multiples with a big ol' stamp.
Eyeball and stamp oval (a.muse - ovalicious).
Use stamp positioner to stamp deer (SU - forest friends).
Eyeball and stamp sentiment (pti).
I was a one-woman assembly line. Time-wise, the whole shebang took maybe an hour and a half. Not bad! And not too soul-deadening, either, thankfully. Plus, she liked 'em -- and her sister had one of those double-take you-MADE-those? moments that makes it all worthwhile ;).
Hey, if you aren't local and are curious about that Scrappy Chic place I get all my stuff at (and coordinate the design team for), Chris, the owner, recently posted this video tour of the store -- fun stuff! Also, the store is in the running for the Detroit A-List -- you can vote for it here if you have a second (it's quick). Thanks for considering it!
Anywho, that's it for me today -- hope you enjoy your day and your weekend, and I'll see you on Monday. Thanks for stopping in!