Phil and Tedra were having a country wedding at her grandparents farm in Oregon. I didn’t make it to the wedding but I wanted to send a special card. I’ve know Phil since he was a wee lad and can hardly believe he was getting married, but it was true.
My current favorite card size is 5.5 inches square. I make an envelope that is 5.75 inches square with a template from Paper Source.
For this card I didn’t know much about the ceremony but the invitation included a sketch of the wedding location that reminded of the charming map sketch of the “Hundred Acre Wood” by E.H. Shepard in Winnie-the-Pooh. I decided a country patchwork quilt was what I wanted to create.
I sorted through my printed papers and picked out pieces that fit my theme. I picked some because the pattern looked vintage or country (red gingham, sunflower seed packet, cowboy boots) or they just seemed right for a patchwork quilt. I spent a lot of time on this part of the process. As I often do when crafting a card for a loved one, I thought of Phil. I haven’t really been in his life much since he was a kid but it was It was fun going through my paper and looking for designs I thought might work.
A piece of old map was in one corner, nearly hidden by my embellishment. I made a little tag with “love” stamped on it, a small patchwork heart and added a key charm and tied them all together with a piece of natural hemp twine. An old shirt button accented another square.
I had an old topographical map that I used to make the envelope. A bit of collage on the front included a scrap of sheet music over-stamped with the definition of love. I added a piece of washi tape and an old postage stamp.
I included a large, beautiful image of a Great White Heron from a greeting card of a painting by Tim Brody.
Another bird in the lower right corner added to the envelope decoration – this one carrying a heart and my love.
A quilt, a key, maps, music, the definition of love. Yes, I think I got everything into it that I wanted.
Congratulations to Phil and Tedra.