Easy Spring Note Cards

My daughter called me from Boston yesterday to say, “It’s SOOOOO C-O-L-D!”.  I said, “I bet!  It’s cold here too.” She replied, “No. You don’t understand.  It’s 16 degree cold.  It’s like minus 2  degrees with the wind chill!”  “Uh, yeah,” I said.  “It’s definitely not that cold here. I bet you can’t wait for spring!”

It seems like it’s been an unusually cold winter this year, even in the south, and I know lots of us are craving a little spring at this point.  Well,  I can’t really do anything about the weather, but I figured I’d send my daughter a card to assure her spring will come;) (The warm weather is just going to take a bit longer to reach her in Boston than to reach us in Atlanta.)

So, I broke out the new Fishers X-Large Fern punch I bought at Joann’s last week (They were 50% off- $7.99)  and some chartreuse and green paper I bought to try with it.

I love the way the ferns come out with this punch.  Really nice quality!  It takes a little effort, but if you’ve used a punch before, you’re ready for that.  Still, it totally beats trying to cut out the little suckers!

I cut a few pieces of 5X7 card stock and then punched randomly.  Once I had punched a few pieces I decided to see what they would look like if I put another color underneath the cuts-and used them as a kind of “relief”.  And you know what?  I liked it.  I mean, I liked it with just the plain white underneath.  I even liked the one I did that had some of the punches going off the side of the page.  Nothing I ever do seems to be simple, but this was so simple.

I used an Elmer’s extra strength glue stick and mounted the green paper to some white card stock I had.  I like the clean modern look these have.  I used both colors and punched just the bottom of one and then all around the sides of the other.  I think I spent 15 minutes total on these cards.  I realize I could have made them a little more perfect…but honestly I kind of like that they are imperfect.  Handmade is imperfect;).

Well, it’s a balmy 27 degrees in Boston today…but whoa…only 9 in Oklahoma at OU! (I can’t even think about that wind chill.)  I think I’ll send one of these to each of my kids with a Starbucks gift card.  Which, (how lucky am I?) will coordinate with the colors.  That way they can stop on their way to class and grab a cup of hot cocoa or coffee to warm themselves up – a hug in a cup;)

Above are the four cards I made today.  I hope you’ll find a minute to break out a punch you might already have and make some spring cards.  I’d love to see what you make! So, please feel free to share your creation here:)

If you like the punch I used you can order through Joann’s here .

Stay warm everyone!  Think spring!

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