I recently went to the Minnesota State Fair where there was all kinds of art. Everything from butter busts (where the artist and subject work in a rotating, refrigerated studio wearing winter gear while everyone watches) to amazingly intricate quilts and lace knitting. The Fine Arts barn was inspiring and gave me lots of great ideas.
I went to the fair with my Sweetheart and his brother, M and his wife, E. E’s parents graciously bought our tickets and let us stay at their nearby condo. It was great to have a place so close to crash after the Potato Tornados and 106 degree temperature took their toll.
Their condo was great not just because it was so close (and air conditioned!) but it was decorated with souvenirs from their world travels (including a painting done right in front of them by an elephant!). It made me think they might like a handmade ‘Thank you’ note as opposed to a store bought one.
When the time came to make the card, my sewing machine was out and I remembered a technique I’d seen on Pinterest (is there anywhere else to get an idea?) about sewing on paper. Couple that with my love of puns and I came up with this.
I couldn’t leave well enough alone so here’s the envelope, too.
I liked what I came up with until I opened the card and saw the inside. Not all that pretty. But I just treated it like a second picture and colored it and it turned out okay. It’s nice to have color on both sides of the card.
I used precut, heavy, water color paper cards so they would stand up to the sewing and painting. I’m pretty excited about how the card turned out. I painted the flowers before I sewed on the outline so that they wouldn’t line up perfectly. I like the character the mismatch provides. If that’s not your thing, feel free to sew the outline first. The threads should do a good job of holding in the paint and keep your image from bleeding outside the lines.
Overall, I’m really excited about how this turned out. It might not be ready for the Minnesota State Fair, but I hope E’s parents like it as much as I enjoyed their hospitality.