Oh my! I am so excited to share my very first design team project for Thoughtful Studio with you today. It has always been a goal of mine to create projects as part of a design team, and let me tell ya...I couldn't have asked for a better group to be a part of.
Marie is the wonderful person behind all the lovely, hand-drawn patterns in the Tess-A-Penpal collection that I used during this project. I am so lucky to be a part of such a talented group of people and I hope you will check out the other designers as well. ;)
Looking at the paper collection, I was inspired to make a card centered on the words and emotions that surrounded me during my experience so far. I have encountered nothing but kindness and consideration from Marie and the rest of the design team, and so my final project is a result of that.
To start, I gathered my favorite patterns and narrowed them down to the two that I am especially fond of. The navy blue hellebore flowers and the textured heart images were a perfect match for the shaker card I wanted to make.
I cut down the heart paper to 4.25" x 5.5" using my paper trimmer and pulled out the largest heart die from Lawn Fawn's outside in stitched heart stackables. I centered the die towards the top of the paper and ran it through my Sizzix BIGkick.
Next, I trimmed down a piece of the flower paper just large enough to fill in the space left by the die and layered it behind the heart paper. Using some more of the flower card stock, I cut apart the different images in the pattern to make some additional embellishments.
Before I began to assemble the shaker, I made up a small mix of sequins and seed beads from my stash in coordinating colors to the papers. Then I attached a piece of acetate to the back of the heart paper using 1/8" double sided tape to create the window.
I built up the main panel using two layers of foam tape in thin strips, to enclose the heart shape, and thicker strips on the rest of the panel. I added some powder from my embossing tool to the window before adding the sequins to reduce static. Then, I dumped the shaker mix onto the blue flower card stock and placed the front panel on top of that.
For the sentiment, I used a piece of ephemera from the collection that read "Just for You." I glued down the flowers I had trimmed out earlier, along with the sentiment, to the bottom portion of the card. I added foam tape to one of the flowers to provide some extra dimension.
To finish, I attached the shaker panel to an A2 sized 110 lb. card base using liquid glue.
After finishing the first card, I still had the large stitched heart die cut left and thought it would be cute on another card.
With the rest of the blue flower patterned paper, I cut out a smaller heart with the same Lawn Fawn dies. I took another white A2 card base and overlapped the two hearts on the front.
For the sentiment, I used the same ephemera as before, but in a different color, and placed that on top of the hearts.
For the embellishments, I picked out some homemade enamel dots in coordinating colors from my stash.
As a final step, I used some pink and white baker's twine to tie a bow at the top of the card.
You can find more creations from me and the rest of the Thoughtful Studio design team on Instagram and Facebook @thoughtfulstudio, as well as following the hashtags #madewiththoughtful and #thoughtfulstudioDT .
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