Thanks and Love

Thanks and Love_Featured ImageYay! It’s almost the weekend! Which means… more time for all those projects you haven’t had time to make all week!

Taking a break from the Christmas cards, today I’m here to share with you a card that is perfect for all those “thank you” cards you’ll need once the holidays are over. :)

Today’s card features a sun image from Paper Smooches digi stamps collection, which I transformed into a Silhouette cut file so that I could paper piece the scene together. This is very simple and easy to do, so let’s get started and I’ll show you how I did it!

You’ll first need to download the sun digi stamp from the Paper Smooches website; this digi stamp is free by the way. Once you have downloaded the design, open the image up in your Silhouette Studio. You are going to want to trace this image, so… navigating to your trace tool, select the sun and set the tracing parameters as follows:

  1. Deselect the “high pass” filter; you want to make sure this setting turned off.
  2. Make sure the threshold is set at 45%; this is the default setting, and works perfectly for this image.
  3. Lastly, set the scale down to 4; this is the lowest scale setting, and we want to make sure we end up with a clean trace.
  4. Hit the “trace” option in the trace method settings.

Thanks and Love_3We now have our sun shape… along with some bonus outlines of both the sun and the sun rays! These would be great if we wanted a white border around everything, or if we were coloring the images in. However, for this particular card we won’t be needing them, so you can go ahead and delete these outline images. For this card, we only want the sun and the sun rays, and none of the offset pieces. You should end up with a selection of shapes as in the picture to the left. A little tip: I left the original sun digi stamp in my drawing area as a guide for rebuilding my shape… this helps in making sure everything is put back together correctly! :)

To continue building my scene for my card, I then brought in some clouds, and a heart (which I duplicated to have three sets of three hearts) and I also created my sentiments using the fonts “BonvenoCF” and “DK Lampion“. There are two sentiments for this card; the “thank you” sentiment for the front, and the “I love you” sentiment for the inside.

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Another little tip: for building purposes, I created an 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle to mimic the shape of an A2 card base. You of course do not have to do this, but it does help in designing your card to-scale on your computer.

Thanks and Love_5After cutting all my pieces out, and sketching out the sentiments, I inked the edges of all the pieces with matching ink colors to eliminate white edges from showing. I then arranged the clouds, sun, and six of the hearts onto the front of the card, and the other three hearts underneath the sentiment on the inside. I also added some finishing touches with faux stitching and clear glitter glue.

I love how the sun takes center stage on this simple and cheery card… and the itty bitty hearts are so adorable!

Be sure to check out Paper Smooches blog… there is always something neat happening over there, and lots of great project ideas as well!

Hope you all enjoyed this little thank you card post in the midst of all your Christmas preparations! See you again very soon! :)



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