Interior design inspiration can truly come from anywhere. It comes from the magazines we read, the TV shows we watch, the stores we shop in and sometimes, the greeting card isle. No, I am not talking about the kiddie cards or the funny birthday cards. I am talking about the beautiful cards that are truly works of art, that you can find for all different kind of life occasions. I’m a card lover and always have been! I enjoy getting them and love sending them. I still have people in my life who I correspond with regularly via hand written notes in cards. There is something so special about getting a card in the mail and reading what a loved one took the time to sit down and write to you. Most of the people who send me cards know me quite well, and send me ones that I just love, and could never part with. One of the themes that seems to be recurring – flamingos! I have always loved flamingos (odd, since I am not a fan of any other type of bird) and have gotten several cards featuring my feathery friends over the years. They have become art in my home. And recently, as I was browsing the card aisle for a birthday card for a friend, I found a new flamingo that captured my heart. I decided I just had to have it, well, 3 of them to be exact.
Right away, I knew I would make these cards it into an art piece. I had the vision instantly of how I wanted to mat them, what type of frame I wanted to use and where I would put my new piece. I found everything I needed to make this vision a reality at my local craft start, and just a few hours later, my feathers were fluffed and I was ready to flamingle…or at least show off my cute new art!
- Cut the largest mat (in this case palm print scrapbook paper) to fit the frame
- Cut the flap off the envelope and use double stick tape (I prefer fashion tape) to hold the card to the envelope. This is one layer of matting. (in this case blue)
- Cute second layer mat (in this case coral) a tad larger than envelop mat, and tape.
- Line up all items on frame and use a ruler to space evenly.
- Tape card with two layers of mat to the back mat (in this case palm print).
- Place in frame.
The lesson here: find inspiration everywhere! If you find something you love, make it something you can enjoy daily. Just a few hours of time and a small chunk of money (I think this project cost a total of $30) you can turn the smallest thing into the biggest interior statement.
Signed with Style,