Friendly Snail Mail Surprise

9.19.2010

Sending snail mail is something we don't do much these days. But wouldn't you love to be surprised by finding something in your mailbox? Especially something handmade? I though you would. So I wanted to share with you something you can send out to your friends to remind them of how important they are to you. And this card can be done in minutes with the right ingredients.

Step 1: Trim all your papers. My card base measures 10" x 7" (when folded this card will be 5" x 7"). Cut matting paper to 4.75" x 6.75". Cut patterned paper to 4.5" x 6.75". Set aside. 

Step 2: Use die cut machine to cut out shape for sentiment. You could also cut a shape by hand or use a large punch. Then use standard hole punch to create holes at each side (this will be where your ribbon is inserted). Add sentiment. Set aside. 

Step 3: Cut ribbon large enough to wrap around matting and enough to tie bow. Cut lace trim to measure width of matting at 4.75".

Step 4: Stitch matting and patterned paper using a zig-zag stitch or simply adhere with double-sided adhesive tape. Adhere trim to patterned paper using double-sided adhesive tape.

Step 5: Wrap ribbon around matting and pull through your sentiment label. Tie bow. Adhere to cardbase.

Step 6: Add pearls or jewels to complete!


Patterned Paper: "Fringe" from Crate Paper's Restoration Kit
Die: Ornament No. 5 from Sizzix
Impression Plate: Woodgrain Impression Plate from Papertrey Ink
Stamp Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado from Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Spiral Bouquet from Papertrey Ink
Other: Jewel Flourish, Pearls: Zva Creative; Ribbon: Michael's; Vintage Lace Trim; Cardstock: Bazzil Basics

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