Saturday, August 3, 2019

Snail Mail Inspired Interactive Card

Hello! Technology has invaded us in these present days. We communicate now through email, chat, text messaging, private messaging. But lately, with my son going to Army Basic Training, the only way for me to communicate with him is through letters. I was sketchy in my first letter. But as I continue to write to him every week, I remembered how much I love to write letters in my younger days. I would purchase and collect stationeries. I have pen pals back then. I write to my friends during the summer. I will put the letters I receive in a box. I also collect the stamps. It was fun! I really feel technology killed this skill, if you can call it that way.

I created a background using stamps from the Lawn Fawn Love Letters stamp set. I stamped on a Bazzill Taffy cardstock using a light gray dye ink from Close To My heart. I trimmed off the edges to create a 4" x 5 1/4" panel.

After I filled the panel with the stamped images, I die cut an envelope using a die from LF Happy Mail die set. I die cut this on a gray LF Let's Polka in the Meadow 6x6 pad. I scored the lines to close the envelope. I inked the edges using the same light gray dye ink I've used earlier.

I traced the rectangular opening of the letter die on a pink cardstock. I cut this out using scissors. I stamped a sentiment from the LF Love Letters stamp set to this using Hollyhock Close To My Heart dye ink. I adhered this to the inside of the letter die cut. I did not stamp my sentiment on the center. Instead of re-doing this step again, I stamped dash lines under the sentiment using a stamp from LF Tiny Tag Sayings and a dark gray Close To My Heart dye ink.

To close the envelope, I die cut several hearts using a purplish cardstock. The heart die is from the LF Happy Mail die set. I adhered this on top of each other to create a cardboard-like embellishment. For the top most layer, I die cut the heart from a pink Deco Foil Flock Transfer sheet. But before I did this, I adhered a double sided tape to the back of the flock, then ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. To adhere it, I simply removed the backing sheet of the double sided tape. The letter would not closed shut so I applied a mini glue dot to the edge to keep it close. I wrote the word open on the heart with a Sakura white gel pen to let the recipient know that there is a hidden message inside.

I die cut a square window on the middle of the stamped gray panel using LF Square Stitched Stackables. To create some contrast, I die cut a square frame using two of the square stackables die. I die cut this on LF Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper.

I embossed stitched lines on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pink cardstock using Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Pattern Die. I adhered the gray patterned panel to this. I adhered the frame next, then the letter die cut.

I heat embossed another sentiment from the LF Love Letters stamp set on a black cardstock strip. I embossed this with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I trimmed this to a strip using a craft knife. I adhered this to the front of the card.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

I am sharing this creation at

1 comment:

  1. Oh how cute! I love this sweet card! Your design is so creative with the interactive element of the tiny letter that has a message inside...and the matching background...How clever is that! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge :)