Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#HAPPYMAILISTHEBESTMAIL Card Series No. 4

Hey y'all! 

Been a while since I've blogged-this month has gotten a little busier than expected. And I caught the virus that decided to ruin all my plans, so sadly I let this blog slide. Most importantly, I am sharing this month's random holiday cards AFTER the actual holidays ?!? Forgive me? ok, thanks.

Actually, this month has the benefit of hosting some truly everyday holidays, so these ideas could be used anytime you want to send out some happy mail! 

New to the #HappyMailistheBestMail Series? start here

Enjoy this month's cards:


If there was ever a dessert that deserves to be celebrated, it might just be the chocolate chip cookie. I could probably eat one every day of my life and never get bored of them. I like them a little underdone so they are soft and gooey. With milk, thank you.  

Like I said earlier, this card could be used for any old occasion to send to your favorite chocolate lover. You could also substitute your food of choice- doughnuts, sushi rolls, any little round stamp you have could be used to create a heart focal point. I stated by lightly sketching a heart with pencil, then filling it in with the cookie stamp (by masking a few of the cookies I was able to achieve the layered look). I busted out my dusty, underused colored pencils to color them in, then cut the whole thing out by hand and layered it with the other pieces. For the card base, red and white pieces I kept it simple by using the Paper Source brand of cards and paper stock. They have a whole rainbow of colors in really great quality and size options.

{Limerick Day-May 12}
For a few months now I have had a couple of ideas in my head I wanted to try- hand lettering a quote and colorblock background. I found this great Irish blessing that I thought would make a great birthday card and here you go:


I like my own handwriting and use it a lot in my scrapbooks, but I have zero experience in fancy hand lettering. I just kind of practiced on scratch paper then went slow and steady on the card. I think it turned out ok, but it really gave me the itch to learn a few lettering techniques to use for other cards! I got the idea really from Kristina Werner and her Instagram series of hand lettered quotes. She's so good at it, and demonstrates you how much practicing has helped her. Last week I stopped by a local art store and picked up a couple of calligraphy pens to try out. Stay tuned ; )


 PRODUCTS USED (Affiliate Links when availible)
CHOCOLATE CHIP CARD: Stamps- Lawn Fawn Bannerific and Here's The Scoop, Avery Elle We Go TogetherColored Pencils, Paper Source card bases and paper. My go to circle cutter
LIMERICK CARD: Hero Arts Inks- Lemon Yellow, Neon Pink, Charcoal Gray. Sharpie Fine Point Pen, Paper Source card base

Short post today, because I really wanted to get this to you! Have you made/sent any happy mail lately? Share it with me online using the hashtag #happymailisthebestmail

Later,

Michelle
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