Thursday, September 6

Embellished Harajuku Thank You Cards (tutorial)

I'm in need of a few thank you cards. Since I'll be sending these thank you cards to fellow crafters it felt wrong to just send plain old store bought ones, even if they did picture kids from Harajuku.

As if the kids from the pages of Fruits were not funky enough I thought I would add a little sparkle and texture to their outfits. I raided my stash of I Love to Create products and scrap crafting bits and this is what I came up with. I kept thinking about this kitschy postcard my parents sent me from Spain as a child where the Flamenco dancer's dress was actual fabric. I loved that card.

Scrap Fabric
Variety of Aleene's Tacky Glue Products
Tulip Fabric Paint
Tulip Fashion Glitter
Tracing Paper
Paint Brush
Scrap trim, ribbon and yarn

I made several variations of these cards, but this guy was my favorite. The first thing you want to do is pick your card based on the outfit. You don't want anything too complicated.

Place your tracing paper on top of your card and trace the portion of the outfit you are going to replace. In the case of this strapping young sailor I decided to give him a new top.

I used Aleene's Tacky Double-Stick Sheets for adding clothing to the cards. I estimated the size of fabric I needed and added the adhesive to the back side. This acted as fabric stiffener. Next, I cut out the sailor top from the tracing paper and used it as a pattern on my piece of fabric. Once I had the fabric the shape of the shirt I removed the second piece of adhesive and attached it to my card.

I happen to pick up a stamp that said 'Thank You' recently so I decided to test it out. I painted the stamp with Tulip Fabric Paint and added the logo to my sailor's new fabric shirt.

I could have stopped here, but the glitter was calling my name. I applied a little Tacky Glue to his cuffs and collar then sprinkled on the Crafty Chica glitter.

All that is left to do is write out the actual thank you notes and mail. These are postcards so if you get a letter with a speck of glitter on it you can blame me!


Margot Potter said...

We are so kindred, these are fabulous! LOVE!


Jennifer Perkins said...

It's true Margot it's true!

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