Hey you guys! My two great aunts are turning 80 and 90 and I needed to make some super fast cards to pop in the mail today, stat! (Can’t believe they’re going to to be 80 and 90! I keep telling myself I’m on the 100 year plan, wonder if I’ll make it? My great-grandma — their mom — lived to be 94 so hope I get close!)
Anyhow, you know how it is when you are pressed for time and your mind goes blank and you can’t think of what to do? Well, that’s what happened to me. Until I spied some of the new pretty papers from BasicGrey’s Konnichiwa Collection — just love this collection so much! I just knew I had to use them. And then I remembered Kelly’s awesome card on the Hero Arts blog today and I was set! (If you haven’t seen her card yet you owe it to yourself to go and check it out — it’s a masterpiece!)
Here’s what I came up with!
Isn’t that paper just beautiful? Makes me wish I could go to Japan to see the cherry blossoms. Here’s a closeup of the window that I made using the Hero Arts Frame Cuts Small Tag Frame:
And! Here’s a little snap I took of the card coming together — just loaded up the back with lotsa foam tape and then added gems over the holes in the tags. Easy.
I wanted to make sure that the cards stayed nice since they’re going all the way from Texas to Arizona and West Virginia, so I used a *lot* of tape! If you were going to hand-deliver the cards you wouldn’t need quite so much :)
Two more tips — since the window is popped up like that, the gems won’t poke through the envelope. Another trip I learned is to glue the patterned paper to some white cardstock before cutting out the window — this way it won’t sag as much and you won’t need quite so much tape, ha!
And one last trick: You don’t have to try to stamp the message inside the window! YES. Just stamp it on a scrap and then remove the backing from the tape and position it on there, then position the whole lot on the card front. Woo!
Annnnnd, I forgot to take a photo of the envelopes (darn!) — but I used pretty pink envelopes for them and stamped them with the coordinating stamps from the BasicGrey Konnichiwa Collection. Can’t wait until they open up their mailboxes and see the cards. :)
Happy birthday, Aunt Ada and Aunt Freda! Sure wish I could be there to celebrate with you and give you a big big hug!
Hugs to all of you, and hope you have a great weekend,