Hello friends, thank you for joining me today! Have I ever told you how much I love folk art designs? Luckily, if you also love this style, there are heaps of pretty follk-art-inspired stamps to play with from Pinkfresh Studio!
I love that they can be styled in a traditionally whimsical, colorful way, or dressed up in elegant layers and textures. Today, I'm attempting both, and also including a fun lacey envelope tutorial, which couldn't be easier. Come along! :)
First up, I wanted to make a card that showcased the gorgeous hummingbird and floral duo from the Folkart Hummingbird set. Aren't these both sooo beautiful?!
I heat embossed these pretties onto some cardstock, and then used Prismacolor coloring pencils to add in all the hues.
I also used one of my favorite dies, the Classic Edgers set, to add a little scallop to the top of the card, and I used the Stitched Rectangles set to cut out a little peach note card, that tucks in between the two layers. This way, the card acts as the envelope itself, or it can be made into a standard card, that has a special little message tucked in the middle.
Around the lovely designs, I added some black paint splatters, and a few little crystals, which just so happen to be coming your way really, really soon, so stay tuned! ;)
Next up, I pulled out this gorgeous Fancy Floral Die to share a super easy way to dress up mail...With lacey envelopes!
To put together, simply cut out two identical pieces of a card front design, followed by two matching-sized pieces of acetate for backing each die-cut. The acetate helps with super intricate die-cuts, so that your mail stays in place and doesn't poke out. Then, simply adhere the two fronts together, leaving the top open. You can leave it as it, and tuck in your note card (for a hand-delivery), or tuck the note card all the way in, and seal the top if the card will be mailed. I made my note card a fair bit smaller, to ensure that the recipient does not cut it when opening the envelope ;)
For the note card, I used the gorgeous Folk Mandala stamp, with two different techniques. First I heat-embossed the main image in white, and colored in a bit with my coloring pencils. Next, I stamped the little birdie accents with a darker blue dye ink, followed by a lighter Distress Oxide ink, which helps cover some of the dark blue, and gives the birdies a fine-china-print-look. I kind of like the way it turned out! What do you think?
I added a few more crystals around the lacey florals, and a red scalloped edge using some more Classic Edgers on the bottom. I used the matching Folk Mandala die for my letters below.
This was a super fun card set to put together and I loved dressing up these folk art cuties! Now the only thing left, is to deliver some happy mail :)
Thanks for joining me today!