A French Thank You Card in Luscious Pinks and Purples

Front view of pink and purple card with French greeting

Note: Please disregard the watermarks on these images. I am in the process of moving material from my old blog to this new one, and some of the images contain watermarks with my former name. These are all my own images which are still relevant in the crafting world.

Merci!

“Thank you very much…”  That’s the message in French in a most elegant font.  This was a commission through my Etsy shop by a lady who loves pink and purple and wanted “elegant and ladylike,” a style which is dear to my heart.  I don’t work with a lot of purples, so this was a fun challenge.

Let me say right now that this is a tad more vivid than it was in real life.  The purple of the base cardstock and handmade stick pin is not “in your face” as these are here, but I couldn’t pinpoint the problem – it must have had something to do with the light. At least the other colors showed true.

That’s the thing with photographing in artificial light – sometimes you get surprised, and not always in a good way. Natural light is usually best, but it’s not always possible.

Anyhoo…

I dry embossed the base layer in the Big Shot then heat embossed the edges with gold  Then I followed a sketch and added the patterned papers, matting them with contrasting card stock and stitching as I went along.  I love stitching on paper – it adds so much personality and character to a card.

French text called for quiet bling

"Thank you" stamped in French on white cardstock
Subtle sparkle is almost always welcome

The greeting is stamped on white paper then die cut with a lacy rectangular die.  If you’ve followed my work at all you’ll know that I just don’t DO white – either the color or wide open spaces – and this piece, small as it was, was no exception.  It was so…WHITE.  So I added the pearls to the corners and then added clear Stickles Glitter Glue to all of the flourishes.  The sparkle in real life was subdued (this was a ladylike card, after all), but it’s still there to diminish all that white.  Phew.

Silk bow and jeweled stick pin as embellishment
A bit of custom "card jewelry" and a fat, luscious silk double bow

The bow is where I had the most fun.  I LOVE bows.  I don’t know why I hated wearing them as a child (just ask my mother), but they seem to belong on cards as much as possible. And this one was no exception.  I used a delicious 1″ wide silk ribbon to make a luscious double bow. Then I adhered a small lace rosette behind it and finished it off with one of my handmade stick pins. Perfect card jewelry, custom made.

Image of inside with "thank you" stamped in the lower right corner
Just making sure the recipient knew what's what

The inside was finished simply with contrasting card stock and a small stamped greeting. The English version of what’s on the front.  Just in case.

Now it's your turn

Do you have any stamps in a foreign language? Have you made any cards with it? It doesn’t have to be a thank you stamp or card. Send us a picture and I’ll post it here on the blog!

Au revoir!

Angled view of French thank you card
That's some serious eye candy
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Hi, I'm Shea!

Hi, I'm Shea!

Do you prefer handmade to store bought? Would you rather make something than buy it? If you want to tap into your inner creative genius and say, "Yes, I made that," stick with me. From greeting cards to soap to old-fashioned desserts "from my mother's recipe box," (sprinkled with tales of life as an almost-senior), you'll learn that handmade beats the socks off store bought!

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