Thursday, 17 March 2016

Pocket Letter: EVG Sweet Songbirds

I have just finished this vintage style pocket letter. It is heading to Vermont, USA. Hopefully it will arrive safely in time for the recipient's birthday. I hope she likes it.

The nine cards are ATC size (9cm by 6.5cm) and are cut from white card stock. Book paper was glued to the cards and distressed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool.
The images are from Ephemera's Vintage Garden and all of the images I used came from three sheets which are freebies and which you can get , along with many others, if you subscribe. These sheets are Sweet SongbirdsSweet Songbirds II and Chipboard Labels. I first resized some of the images then printed two of each sheet, so that I could make the cards dimentional. 

The four corner cards were made from the Sweet Songbirds sheet.  The Songbird cards were resized (I do this in PowerPoint), trimmed, edged in Vintage Photo distress ink, then glued down with a glue stick.  From the second Songbird sheet, the flower and bird were fussy cut, edged in ink and positioned on top of the card with pop dots to make them 3D.  I let the edges overlap the original image. Ivory satin flower trim with yellow crystal gems were applied to finish off each card. 

The two bird cards in the middle row were cut from Sweet Songbirds II, using a Spellbinders Nestablities 'Scalloped Circle' die. The edges were inked in Vintage Photo and the image glued onto the ATC base. Cotton lace was added with tiny pearls. Some of the satin flower trim was cut into individual flowers and attached around the edge of the image  - yellow crystal gems placed in the centre of each. A wooden butterfly button, attached to the outside of the pockets, finished off these cards

The three cards in the centre used the chipboard labels sheet. Again these were trimmed and edged in Vintage Photo ink. Some flowers were fussy cut and attached on pop dots. Lace was attached, along with sentiments stamped onto kraft card using Floral Muse stamps - these were heat embossed with black sparkle powder. The kraft card was then stained using Old Rose chalk edger and distress ink. The butterflies were resized and fussy cut from Doodle Fairies. They were attached, with foam pads, to the outside of the pockets.

The front of the pocket letter was finished off by adding a strip of ivory cotton lace along the spine edge of the pocket protector. Finally a burlap tag decorated with die cut leaves and a paper rose was attached.
The back of the pocket letter also has cards, trimmed and glued down with inked edges. The cards were a digital purchase from Kristie Art Design called Shabby Grunge Fowers.

Each pocket holds some paper craft goodies which can be used by the recipient on future projects:
1) lace flowers and a note, 
2) ribbon and flower trim, 
3) burlap die cut flowers and butterflies, 
4) laser die cut flower sprays and dragonfly charm, 
5) ivory and grey adhesive pearls, 
6) laser die cut butterfly, metal charms, wooden butterfly buttons, 
7) wooden embellishments, 
8) vintage travel stamps, 
9) bird tags.

Thanks for stopping by and looking!

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