Friday, January 6, 2012

You Make Me Smile Card

One thing I hope to do this year is send more cards to my family and friends, because it's a more tangible way to let someone know I'm thinking of them than an email.  Plus it's always fun to get something that's not a bill in the mail, and you know me...I'm always about being part of the fun!  For my first version of a little sunshine sent via the postal service, I designed a card with a clean graphic look and a multipurpose sentiment that I can easily produce multiple copies of.
It's been sized to fit inside of standard style #10 business sized envelopes (4-1/8" x 9-1/2"), which we usually keep on hand, and is printed out, double-sided onto one sheet of 8-1/2" x 11"white cardstock.  Since there's not much to the design other than the text, it had to really stand out.  I knew the bold colors from Playful, one of my favorite digital scrapbooking kits by Louise Franks Designs were perfect.  I loved the funky letters of the alphabet that's included but wanted them have the bright colors of the digital papers.  So I used Photoshop Elements to clip the papers to the letters I needed and got just the look I wanted.

I also wanted to add a fun peek-a-boo element to the card.  I used a circle cutter on the front, but a large punch would make this step a lot easier.  Then all I had to do was cut and attach a photo behind the opening.  As I mentioned at the start of the post, I've saved the design so it will be really quick to print out more when I need them.  It's a simple look, but sometimes that's all you need to get your message across.
By the way, you can see more pictures of the digital kit I used and the past projects I did as a design team member in my Playful release post


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6 Friends Said:

Lindsay said...

Oh, I really love this idea! What an adorable card. I know some grandparents around here that would LOVE this with my little kiddos in it. Thanks for sharing!

TerriAnn @ Cookies and Clogs said...

That's a fantastic idea! You already had me smiling before I knew there was an inside, and it's not even my child :P When I pull my scrapbooking supplies out again this is one projects I may add to my 'to do' list. Thanks!

Annette W. said...

Oh I wish I knew how to digi scrap!

***Sharon*** said...

That is ADORABLE!!!

malia said...

that's really sweet katie! your little e is just a dollface. i hope you are doing well! xo

My Diabetic Sweet Life said...

Ahhhhhh Playful....still one of my favorite kits and colour palettes! Love the card that you created. I've started making my own greeting cards lately too (only for my own family members, I don't sell them). I love being able to have the card look like I want it and to say something that is actually meaningful and written with thought!

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