Hi there! I am thrilled you stopped by today as I am showing you how to make three easy “Thinking of you” handmade cards for friends. These cards showcase beautifully the Honey bee bundle and the Golden Honey specialty designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! I know you will love making them!
How to make Thinking of you handmade cards for friends
As the title explains, today’s projects is three “thinking of you” handmade cards perfect for your friends. Below you can find more of details about each of the cards. After those little snippets you will find the video tutorial where I will go step by step on how to actually make these cards.
But before we go into how to make these cards, let me explain my process when creating cards in general.
The first thing I always do, is to have the theme in mind. This could be Thank you cards, or Birthday cards, or any other theme. Once you have the theme in mind, then I can see what stamp set would go perfect for the theme I selected.
In this case, I knew I wanted to do Thinking of you handmade cards for friends, a I noticed a sentiment on the Honey Bee stamp set that said thinking of you! so I decided to use this set since it had the sentiment that would go perfect with my theme!
Since I picked the Honey bee bundle, I needed to pick the rest of the elements on my cards, and as you can imagine, I decided to use the Golden Honey Specialty designer series paper, a.k.a. DSP or patterned paper.
This patterned paper coordinates perfectly with the Honey Bee bundle, and the best part is that it is one of the items you get for FREE during sale-a-bration!! how great is that???
If you don’t know about sale-a-bration, please go to the supply list section, where I explain more about this promotion. I will share with you how you can get this DSP for FREE!
Now that I have the stamp set and the patterned paper selected, it’s time to look for the colors and embellishments. The best tip I can share with you, is to pick colors from the designer series paper!
One of the benefits of using Stampin’ Up! is that all of their products are color coordinated. This means the ribbon, the ink, the cardstock and any other element will coordinate perfectly.
For these cards I used mainly:
- Basic Black
- Whisper White
- Daffodil Delight
Thinking of you handmade card #1
For this first thinking of you handmade card I used an easy layout, as shown in the picture.
For the focal point I used the hive image stamped in daffodil delight and two of the bees on this set.
One tip here to make those little bees really black is to stamp them using your stamp positioning tool a.k.a. stamparatus.
I used the stamparatus as I can reink the image and stamp again, knowing it will line up perfectly. If you are curious about this tip, I would recommend watching the video tutorial linked below.
Thinking of you handmade card #2
For the second thinking of you handmade card, I went again with a simple layout however, I added a little dimention on the way I created the focal point.
I die cut the hive from the whisper white paper, and then glue down the negative part of the die cut on top of the hive giving some dimension. But before gluing this down, i have added the honey comb die cut to the back of the whisper white.
This trick gave a lot of dimension to the hive, and it just makes it pop up even more! It is hard to see this on the picture, but believe me, it looks fantastic.
Also note that I colored the DSP using the daffodil delight alcohol marker, a.k.a. stampin’ blends, and this added a lot of life to the card. You can see how the color coordination that I talked before, makes it so easy on the card design.
Thinking of you handmade card #3
This last thinking of you handmade card is as well an easy lay out.
The way I started with this idea, was by picturing the round sentiment on a circle. And from there I came up with the focal point.
Again you can see that I have colored the DSP with daffodil delight alcohol marker on the bees to better coordinate with the whole card.
So now that you have seen all three cards, let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!
Video Tutorial with step-by-step instructions
And as promised, below you can watch the video tutorial where I show you how to make these Thinking of you handmade cards for your friends.
I go step-by-step on how to make these cards, as well as provide measurements for each of the cards.
Please know that this video includes instructions for all three cards, so it is longer than other of my videos. I would recommend watching this during the night when you are winding down.
The Supply list
You can download the full supply list here, or see all the products I used in the Thinking of you handmade cards below.
Also, do you remember the Golden Honey Specialty Designer series paper, I mentioned to be free? Well this is one of the items from Sale-a-bration. Sale-a-bration is the greatest promotion from Stampin’ Up! and it goes from January to March. For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products you get a Free item from the Sale-a-bration offering . There are lots of items that are Free with $50 purchase and a few that are free with a $100 purchase. One thing to note is that there are no limits! The more you purchase the more free items you get! isn’t this great?
Click on the images you are interested, and it will take you to my online store where you will be able to purchase any of this items. When you purchase thru my online store, you support my stamping business! and that in turn helps me keep creating and sharing with you on a regular basis.
I truly appreciate your support! It really means the world to me! 😊😊😊
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