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Handmade Thank You greeting card

Today I want to share something fun and exciting with you all. My new experiments, kinda new-ish hobby. Making greeting cards :-)

Here’s my first sample and how-I-did-it. Please let me know your feedback.

Thank You greeting card

1. I created a standard size top folding card base with the black cardstock that I had purchased from Hobby Lobby long time ago.

2. I also had two brown card stock pieces from my scraps. I trimmed them down to be 4 1/4 by 5 ~ 5 1/4. These became my middle layer for top of my card as well as inside.

3. I had a strip of patterned paper that was about 4″ wide. It was part of a 12 x 12 patterned paper. Originally it had a pattern showing some bird flying out of a cage, but I had already used up most of that pattern for some other gift / framed art. {I just can’t remember / find out what was the original paper.} I used the remaining cage design as the top most layer piece for this card.

4. I stamped and fussy cut a birdie using the stamp that came with Martha Stewart heat embossing kit. I had to play with it a little bit and I taught myself the technique to stamp mirror image of the original stamp. {A big thanks to the awesome Jennifer McGuire for the tutorial. She is so generous with her knowledge.} I had to do this because the original bird is facing right, but on my card, I wanted her out of the cage, so facing towards left.

5. Next I used the sentiments from Lotus Blossom stamp set from Stampin Up on the outside as well as inside panel. This one isn’t available on the store anymore though.

6. Then it was time for embellishments :-) I used several of my little bitty scrap papers to punch out flowers and leaves using some small flower and leaf punches.

7. As next step, I put together the outside as well as inside panels using tape runner for layers and mod podge for leaves, flowers, gems on the flower centers and birdie. I also used some foam adhesive for a few flowers to add some dimension.

8. Finally I mounted both outside and inside panels on the card. Here’s the final result and some closeups.

thank you greeting card highlights
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