quite some time ago, I read this post by Carolyn, the creative force behind the inspired blog homework and I started seeing everyday things in a new way. In her post, Carolyn repurposed envelope paper – the kind you get from the bank that has printing on the inside – as a key ingredient in some of her artful creations.
I’ve been hoarding bank envelopes like crazy and lately tried incorporating them into my stitched-paper notecards.
I couldn’t resist adding the brighly colored postmark – just seemed like a perfect complement. Again, making use of two adjacent sides of an empty tissue box, folded out-side-in, as the basis for the notecard.
I’ve made two others, arranged differently, but this was my favorite. When using a combination of prints like this, simpler designs are indeed better and having a focal point, like the postmark, makes a difference.
Then, about a week ago, I saw a pin that led me to a post at purl bee with instructions for 3 blanket stitch variations. I really liked the chevron stitch and decided to combine it with a couching technique using, of course, paper.
I’ve done this a couple of times now and it makes a pretty notecard. I selected a thick stripe of map paper for the border accent and stitched it into place with the chevron blanket stitch.
I used half of a previously used greeting card as the basis for this notecard. I try to make all my notecards as earth-friendly as possible by reusing disposable paper items to the greatest extent possible. To see other notecard examples, click here or here.
Thank you for dropping by! With a slew of birthdays plus mother’s day and father’s day on the horizon, I really need to get busy and make a few more cards