Watercolor + Embossed Thank You cards

After taking a longer break than I would have liked from the blog due to illness, computer issues, other projects…(is March really already half over?!)…I am back today with some watercolor Thank You’s:

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I was inspired by Dawn McVey’s post and video here and her use of a single paint color to make a beautiful card.

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I heat embossed the sentiment onto watercolor paper first, then painted over with watercolor paint.  Any paint that collected onto the embossing I was able to easily wipe away with a wet Q-tip.  After fully drying, I added a stitched border and some stamped flowers to both cards.  I love how the large, bold ‘Thank You’ sentiment pops on the watercolor background.

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cards/envelopes in White. Canson watercolor paper.
Ink – ColorBox in Frost White. Studio G in gray, light brown, orange, lime green. Delta Rubber Stampede in Purple.
Stamps – Stampendous Happy Messages. Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. Avery Elle Oh Happy Day.
Adhesive – Tombow Permanent Tape Runner. Zots dots in Small.
Other – Crayola watercolors. White thread. Recollections embossing powder in Snow.

Card sizes: Blue – 4.5×5″ Pink – 5×6.5″

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Christmas is coming….

Are you ready? I definitely am – I have our decorations up, our presents wrapped, and the front of our house is decked out for the first time EVER!

Here is a collection of four holiday cards –

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I was inspired by Lucy Abrams’ Inked Christmas Card Set in this month’s Paper Crafts Magazine –

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Some special features of these cards include….

*Unique colored card – I loved going with the bright colors of pink, blue, and shimmery gold as an alternative to the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.

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*Sentiment using PW Christmas Font – I went with this bold, Christmasy font to really emphasize the single word sentiments of Joy, Peace, Cheer, and Jolly. I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to position and print the text directly onto sheets of watercolor paper.

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*Ink splatter technique – I tried recreating Lucy’s ink splatter that she describes in her project. I didn’t use a craft sheet like she indicated, but rather an acrylic stamping block to apply the ink and spritz with water. I flung the ink onto the paper with a paintbrush just as she described and achieved a nice snowy effect with the ink splatters.  This is definitely a technique that I’m going to be playing around a lot more with in the near future.

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*Watercolor paper – I don’t know if it’s the type of cardstock that I use, but I never have much luck using it for ink splattering – the ink mixture runs and makes the paper bubble up and, quite frankly, just looks yucky. My go-to for any kind of water-related inking project is watercolor paper. It’s sturdy, it’s printable, it has a slight texture, but it makes the ink look great and maintains a nice, flat surface.

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*Matching envelopes – I custom made the card base using colored cardstock, so I had to make matching envelopes. I suppose I could mix-and-match the envelopes if I were feeling particularly bold….

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*Inside sentiment – I stamped a basic sentiment inside the card along with a happy little snowflake. (Yeah, Bob Ross fan here.)

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I particularly love how the gold ink turned out on the gold shimmer cardstock.

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cardstock in Magenta, Light Blue, and Light Turquoise. Recollections 12×12 Shimmer Cardstock in Gold. Watercolor paper.
Ink – Color Box Pigment in Razzberry and Gold. Studio G Pigment Ink in aqua blue.
Font – PW Christmas Font
Stamps – Enjoy the Season Sentiment and Snowflakes Woodblock Rubber Stamp set.
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