Merci Mon Amie

Hello, or rather, Bonjour! Ernest Hemingway famously said, “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” Although I’ve never been to Paris, I imagine myself traveling there every time that I use the beautiful Eiffel Tower stamp. Today, I’m sharing a French inspired thank-you card that I made featuring this iconic Paris monument.

Eiffel Tower by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

First, I stamped the Eiffel Tower stamp on a piece of white layering paper with Intense Black Ink. I applied a quick, yellow watercolor wash over the stamped image and then fussy-cut around the tower shape.

Eiffel Tower by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To create a subtle and feminine background with a splash of sunny color, I started by stenciling a faint, floral pattern onto white paper. Using a foam applicator, I gently “pounced” Silver Ink over the Bold Floral Stencil. The result is a soft, elegant, and shimmery pattern. To add a pop-of-color to the black, white and gray design, I applied some yellow watercolors to the center of the stenciled panel. When the paper completely dried, I adhered the Eiffel Tower image.

Eiffel Tower by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

I added a custom sentiment strip, Merci Mon Amie, or Thank You My Friend, that I created with Kelly's Alpha Tabs Stamp & Cut clear alphabet set. I love how easily these letters align for perfect sentiments every time. I sewed some stitching along the lower edge, mounted the panel to a gray card base, added a silver satin bow, and finally, placed a few scattered, black gems for extra interest.

Au revoir, wishing you another wonderful and crafty week!


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