Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring Greeting Cards

We had a few warm days around here recently and it gave me a serious case of spring fever.  It got me in the mood to do something "springy".  I love making cards so some spring greeting cards were in order.

I used the Silhouette Studio to make these cards.  You do not have to own a Silhouette machine for this project.  You can get a Silhouette Studio account for free and choose your images from their online store.  Most of them are only .99 cents and there are clearance ones for .50 cents!  You can create your project and then send it to your printer.

I started off searching for some images that reminded me of springtime.  I put my images on a new page, sized them up and placed them at the bottom of the page so that they would be in the right spot for a folded card.  I made the line color black on my images and then also used black as the fill in color.  This is what the images looked like after I fixed them up...

I then printed the images onto kraft cardstock.  I then cut the paper approximately in half to create two cards.

I did this again with 2 more images that I loved and printed them on orange paper.  They immediately made me smile.

I just love the way the black images pop on the paper.  Love.

Whenever I make cards, I stamp the date of the occasion on the back of the card.  These are all-occasion greeting cards so I simply stamped the year.

And you may have noticed that the first one I stamped was upside down.  Oops.  Oh, well.  Adds character, right?

I got four white envelopes to go with my cards.

Finally, I stacked them up and tied a "springy" ribbon around the stack.

Wouldn't these make a super fun gift for friends or family?  I love them.  Easy, classic, and cute.  I will probably make 100 more of them.  I already have a few images in my library ready to be placed on a card.  

These (or maybe a corrected version of these) will be part of our LTC bundle giveaway for our first birthday celebration next week!  I can't wait to celebrate with you all. 

I'll be linking to these parties this week!  

Happy Tuesday!


Jessica February 22, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

These are super cute! The mishap would add character to the collection! Thanks for sharing!

Jaderbomb February 22, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

SO CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

TBonesMom February 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

Simple. Elegant. My fav is the bird on the branch...too cute!

Patrice February 22, 2011 at 8:56 AM  

These are great. What a great spring project!

Kalleen at Second Street February 22, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

thanks for the tip. I'm always trying to find good cheap images. I don't think a day will ever come that I own a silhoutte.

Amanda February 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM  

Super adorable. I'm with you, I like the way the black pops against the choice of paper color. And I LOVE the date stamp on the back! I might have to rip off that idea. :)

Shirley February 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM  

These are adorable! I think I may have to make a set my for son's teacher at the end of the school year. And I had no idea you could send the silhouette designs to a printer and not just to a silhouette! Thanks for that tip :)

Cindy February 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

I absolutely love these cards and their simplistic design...

Wendy February 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM  

i love them!!! you're so crafty!

Erin A February 22, 2011 at 9:33 PM  

This is super cute! It never occurred to me to just print the Silhouette designs, great idea!! I have that little bird on the branch too, it's just too cute!

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bermudabluez February 23, 2011 at 2:33 AM  

Super cute!!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this gift idea!!

Em and Lib February 23, 2011 at 2:59 PM  

SO darling! I am forwarding this to a friend who makes cards all the time!may she'll make some for me...

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain February 23, 2011 at 4:31 PM  

Very cute idea for all-occasion cards!

I just found your blog, and just started my own too! Would love if you'd come check it out!

Lelan @ Good Gravy! February 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM  

Completely adorable.

reasonstoskipthehousework February 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM  

These are too cute as well! I just got my Silhouette in the mail, and I'm so excited to make cards. I have to buy the ink cartridges, but can't wait. What a sweet idea - think I'll copycat ya! :)


Sarah February 25, 2011 at 7:56 AM  

Cute! I really enjoy writing letters.

cwise050485 February 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
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Emily February 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

SUPER, SUPER CUTE! Where did you find the, on the silhouette program??? and did you have to pay for them? Thanks! :)

Tiffany February 26, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

Hi Emily! I found the images in the Silhouette Studio. They were 99 cents each. : )

Thanks so much!

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