Saturday, February 16, 2013

Handmade Floral Thank You Card - Clean and Simple Design




Image of portion of handmade thank you card with quote from Marcell Proust.
Peek at My Handmade Floral Thank You Card

I'm finally back to sharing my handmade cards with you. Today I am revealing a very clean and simple handcrafted thank you card. The focal point of the card is a floral silhouette beneath a thank you banner. I selected colors for my handmade card based upon a beautiful sunrise my husband captured with the camera. Although my homemade thank you card appears very simplistic, I used many techniques to create it. These techniques include sponging, brayering, stamping, die cutting, dry embossing, decoupage and chalking. I also incorporated a little digital technique. As you can see, I love incorporating all sorts of things in the design of my handmade cards. The inside of my thank you card is as clean and simple as the outside...I left it blank.


Inspiration for My Handmade Floral Thank You Card


When I see a beautifully colored sky at sunrise or sunset, I think about my Mom. She loved the beauty of nature and working in her garden. I wanted to create a handmade thank you card that captured these two aspects of Mama, yet was simple in design. As it happens, my husband captured this beautiful sunrise and I used it as inspiration for my thank you card.

Image of red orange sunrise with flag silhouette.
Brilliant Red-Orange Sunrise

Image of orange red sunrise with flag and trees in silhouette.
Beautiful Deep Orange Sunrise

As I looked at these sunrise pictures the black silhouettes of the flag and trees against the deeply colored sky really stood out to me. I used this concept for my thank you card. I created a background reflecting the sunrise and selected a silhouetted flower as the main image. Both remind me of Mom.

I have shared other handmade cards that I've used a sunset or sunrise background for the main image. They have a variety of color schemes and I used different techniques to create them. Details on those cards can be found on my posts Silhouettes on Watercolor Sunsets, Silhouettes in the Sunset and Desert Sunset







The World Around Me


This is the first handcrafted thank you card that I have shared with you. As I designed this card, I thought about some of the little things that brighten my day when I am blue and I am thankful for. One thing that always makes me smile is taking a drive along the river and looking at the wildlife. I am particularly thankful for the bald eagles that we often see, especially during the winter months. They are such gorgeous birds that I really enjoy watching, so I thought I would share several pictures of these magnificent creatures. We captured these photos on some of our drives along the river.

Image of an adult bald eagle perched in a tree.
Adult Bald Eagle High in a Tree

Image of adult bald eagle close up in profile.
Close Up of Adult Bald Eagle High in a Tree

Image of immature bald eagle perched in a tree.
Immature Bald Eagle High in a Tree

Image of young bald eagle sitting in a tree.
Immature Bald Eagle Overlooking a River

Image of young eagle sitting in tree in profile.
Immature Bald Eagle Looking Across a River

Image of mature and immature eagle perched in a tree with a seagull flying by.
Adult and Immature Bald Eagles Perched in Trees with Seagull Flying Past

Image of mature bald eagle sitting among the branches of a tree.
Adult Bald Eagle Perched Among Branches in a Tree

Image of immature bald eagle sitting among branches of a tree.
Immature Bald Eagle Perched Among Branches in a Tree

Image of bald eagle sitting on a tree branch in the snow.
Adult Bald Eagle in the Snow

Image of bald eagle in the snow.
Adult Bald Eagle Perched in a Snowy Tree

Image of immature eagle in flight.
Immature Bald Eagle Flying Above River

Image of adult bald eagle fishing.
Adult Bald Eagle Fishing in a River

Aren't these majestic birds just the best eye candy!


My Love of Papercrafting Challenges


I follow many challenge blogs and my handmade Floral Thank You card reflects the following challenges:



Handcrafting My Handmade Floral Thank You Card



Card Statistics

  • Final Card Size: 5.5" tall x 4.25" wide
  • Tools: flower silhouette stamp, shaped dies, scoring board, paper cutter, scissors, ruler, sponge pieces, Cuttlebug machine, non stick craft mat, computer, brayer, adhesive tape runner
  • Materials: cardstock, glossy, cardstock, photo paper, cover stock, tape adhesive, silicon adhesive, pva adhesive, inks, spray sealer, chalk
  • Card can be Purchased in My Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: Floral Silhouette Thank You Card


Front Panel of My Handmade Floral Thank You Card



Image of handmade thank you card angled right.
Front Angled Right - My Handmade Floral Thank You Card

To create my floral thank you card I started by creating the brayered panel for my silhouette flower stamp. Using a rainbow ink pad in colors similar to that of the sunrise on my inspirational photo, I brayered the ink onto a piece of glossy cardstock. When the ink was dry, I scanned the inked cardstock into my computer and printed it out on photo paper. I did this so that I can use the brayered background in other projects.

Next I constructed the image panel for my thank you card. Using black ink I stamped the flower on it. After the ink dried I die cut my image panel into a shape I found pleasing for the flower silhouette. I next created a separate sponged panel background for my image panel.

Taking a piece of peach cardstock I sponged on the various colors from the rainbow ink pad using small pieces of sponge. When the ink was dry I cut it to size and affixed my image panel to it using silicon adhesive so that the image panel was popped from the surface.

For the thank you sentiment of my handmade card I printed "Thank You" on cream cardstock with my computer. I used a die cut to create the banner for my sentiment and dry emboss it. To finish off the sentiment I chalked around its edges with a peach pearlescent chalk to give it depth. I like the dimensional aspect of the dry embossing and chalking. Once I completed my thank you sentiment banner, I affixed it to my image with silicon glue to pop it from the surface.

With the completion of the front topper panel of my thank you card, I created the base card using a rust-orange cardstock. I scored the cardstock so that my handmade card opens vertically from the bottom to form a tent card. I affixed the topper panel to my card base using my tape runner.

Here's another picture of my floral silhouette thank you card from a different angle.

Image of handmade thank you card angled left.
Front Angled Left - My Handmade Floral Thank You Card

In the above photo you can see the dimension added by the popped elements and the chalking. It's a very clean and simple design. The variegation in color of the image panel is difficult to see. Here's a closer look at it which shows the gradual change in color down the panel a little better.

Close up image of the front card panel.
Image Panel - My Handmade Floral Thank You Card


Inside Panel of My Handmade Floral Thank You Card



Image of the inside of handmade thank you card.
Inside Panel - My Handmade Floral Thank You Card

I kept the inside of my thank you card very simple. I constructed a panel from cream cardstock and decorated it with a strip of the sponged peach cardstock. With the card panel completed, I affixed it to the inside of my card base.

I also constructed a handmade envelope from heavy cover stock. I stamped the flower silhouette in orange on the lower left hand corner of the envelope. To protect the envelope image I sprayed it with sealer.


Final Handmade Floral Thank You Card and Handmade Envelope Set



Image of handmade thank you card and coordinating envelope.
My Handmade Floral Thank You Card and Handmade Envelope Set

I used many techniques to create this card set and enjoyed every minute of it. 


This card set is available in my Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: Floral Silhouette Thank You Card


Card Recipe Specifics for Handmade Floral Thank You Card


  • Cardstock: Wausau, Hammermill, Recollections
  • Cover Stock: Staples
  • Photo Paper: Ocean State
  • Stamp: Flourishes summer botanicals
  • Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities labels 8, Spellbinders Shapeabilities ribbon banners
  • Inks: Stazon jet black, Kaleidacolor desert heat, Colorbox orange
  • Chalk: Pebbles Inc pearlescents
  • Tools: tape runner, scoring board, paper cutter, scissors, ruler, sponge pieces, computer, Cuttlebug machine, non stick craft mat, brayer
  • Misc Material: silicon adhesive, tape adhesive, pva adhesive, spray sealer.
  • Techniques Used: die cutting, stamping, dry embossing, digital stamping, brayering, chalking, decoupage


So ends another jaunt along my handcrafting card journey with my handmade floral thank you card. A unique card based upon a deep red-orange sunrise and fit for any occasion requiring a note of gratitude. Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my handmade thank you card and photography with you. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back soon! 

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4 comments:

  1. wow, what a stunning card!

    enjoy *~*

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  2. Fab card - this is simply stunning.

    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown for our anything goes challenge. Hope you can stop by and join us again soon!

    Hugs

    Julie x

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  3. That is an awesome card. Love the silouhette and the red. ♥ it. Thanks so much for playing along with us in The Sisterhood of Crafters.
    PS: Nice shots of the eagles.

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  4. Wonderful inspiration and BEAUTIFUL creation! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘THANK YOU’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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