Now more than ever, it is so important to find ways to bring happiness into our own lives and those of others. Sending and receiving happy mail is one way to feel connected, even when we are apart. Keeping up with friends both online and in real life is essential now. Stamping is a fun activity for me, but you know, any happy mail is a joy to receive. Add in a Summer Flowers challenge at the Impression Obsession blog, and I’m in.
For these cards, I used this wonderful set called Butterflies and Blooms, now on sale at Impression Obsession. I started by placing a floral print paper strip horizontally on a gold base card stock. On the left is a bit of tulle ribbon left over from my last hat project. I stamped and lightly colored the butterfly on a flower, mounting it on a dark green printed frame.
Taking two of the word stamps, and putting them together gives me a sentiment of “just a note to say hello”. I stamped it in ruby ink on a pink print paper.
I punched out the sentiment with a scallop punch, and mounted it on a larger scallop in dark red. The colors were pulled from the floral paper.
After I did this, I thought it would look better in a lighter tone. So I stamped another sentiment from the set on ecru card stock and punched it out. Then I used the larger punch on the same pink print for a frame. Yes, I like that better.
I have to show you the card that got me started stamping again. This was happy mail I received from a dear reader stamper. Her card was beautiful, and her heartfelt, encouraging note inside was such a ray of sunshine for me. She stamped gold flowers, over-stamped the green leaves, then added dimensional details of cutouts and rhinestones. The greeting is raised on dimensional sticky dots. The card front is folded back with the decoration on top, so as you open it up by pulling the decorated part to the left, the ‘just because’ stays facing forward. Thank you so much, Susan, for your lovely card and your note. They are appreciated more than I can tell you.
Then for a second card using the same butterfly stamp set, I stamped a flower multiple times in ruby ink on a pink card stock to create a background. I placed a floral paper horizontally across the card, then added some details. A butterfly was stamped on ecru paper, then punched with a tag shape. It is mounted on a larger tag, then a hole was punched for a twine bow. This is put on a blue frame, and glued with a gold leaf accent. The ‘hello’ sentiment was added last.
The envelopes got accent stamps from the same set. I like decorating the envelopes to match.
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Have you sent or received any happy mail recently? How are you keeping up your connections with friends now?
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