Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram will know that I have a thing for monarch butterflies. In fact, we’ve been rearing them from eggs to caterpillars, catching the metamorphosis into chrysalises and then watching in wonder as butterflies eventually emerge. We’ve come to consider these amazing little things as pets and the children will often name the butterflies before we release them outside. So when I saw the new Butterfly Flight Clear Stamp Set, I felt that it was personally made for me. I stamped the large butterfly design onto cardstock and used orange and yellow gelatos to add color. I blended the gelatos with a few drops of water on a fine paintbrush to get a real orange/yellow glow.
This is a sweet and simple idea to get kids involved in creating thank you cards (anyone else wading through a long list of people to thank, like us???) and it’s also fun for adults too. I’m not a painter, but I really got in to this as much as the kids did.
I started by creating a stencil of the words ‘thanks’ using the Fiskars Ultra ShapeXpress Shape Cutter and the letter template into cardstock.
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it only feels natural to want to express our gratitude to those who help make our world go round. Yes?
This year, I’m thanking friends and family with these mixed-media cards featuring a delightful little paper pieced turkey using layers of basic punched shapes using a variety of my Fiskars punches.
First, punch both scalloped circles and regular circles, in graduating sizes, making sure that the colors of each layer contrast with one another. It’s also fun to mix up the textures and finishes of the papers you use. For example, maybe mix in some cork paper for the texture and a bit of metallic cardstock for the shine.
For my turkey, the shapes I used from largest to smallest are:
- Circle Lever Punch 4XL
- Pretty Scallops Lever Punch 4XL
- Circle Lever Punch 3XL
- Pretty Scallops Lever Punch XXL
- Round ‘N Round Squeeze Punch XL
- Round ‘N Round Squeeze Punch Large
You can see the full tutorial and the completed card on Fiskars.com by clicking HERE.
How many of you send Thanksgiving cards?