Taubotne

Taubotne

Taubotne means Thanks or Thank You (informal version) in the language of the Nipmuc people. It is one of only a few words that I know in the language. It is one of only a few words that many people know in the language, because it is a language was once considered extinct – no one has spoken it fluently for many, many years. The Nipmuc Language reclamation project will change that. Now, the tribe is holding classes and workshops to revive the language of this place I call home. Though I’m not currently involved in this work, I find it to be equal parts fascinating and complex.

Taubotne

I’m not going to give a history lesson here, or dive too deeply into my feelings about the loss of an ancestral language, but I will give a shameless plug: I created an online exhibition a little over a year ago, titled “From English to Algonquian: Early New England Translations.” The exhibition explores several 17th century Algonquian-language texts (the Nipmuc people spoke a dialect of the Algonquian language) and how those texts are being used to revive native languages. In addition to the work happening in Nipmuc Country, this reclamation work is happening now among many other New England tribes, including the Wampanoag and Mohegan. Please check out the exhibition or other pages linked if you’re interested in knowing more.

Taubotne - Alphabet Soup

As for this card, I kept it pretty simple. First I did a simple watercolor wash and then used letter dies for the sentiment, cutting them from the panel and popping them up across the front of the card. I then stamped a simple thank you as a sub-sentiment to provide the English translation of taubotne.

Taubotne

I can’t wait to make more of these, using other words, very soon!

Taubotne

 

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Autumn Leaves

With the crazy weather we’ve been having here in New England (in the 70s three days ago and today we are barely in the 30s), it feels like the Fall has been pretty fleeting. Not much color on the trees, and some trees didn’t have much of a chance to put on a show before all the rain we’ve been having wiped out all of their leaves too soon! But, some of the Fall themed cards I’ve been making have at least helped me get into the spirit of Autumn, my favorite season.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

This little card is inspired by the first card (by Dawn of Wplus9) in this post, andΒ  these cards made by Kara over at K and R Designs. I loved how both ladies mixed outline stamps with solid images, and I also loved their choice of color scheme, so I played around with that a bit myself. I used similar ink colors and images from both the Wplus9 Autumn Leaves stamp set and the Botanical Bunch stamp set.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

I should also mention that I was inspired to purchase this stamp set because of the amazing things Natalia Valkovskaya creates with it! You can find a post of some beautiful cards she made here, but she also has a great instagram page.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

The sentiment comes from the Brush Stroke Messages stamp set, and I added some detail around the edge of the panel by running the edges through my ink pad (which I believe was Lava Rock). Then, a few sequins to finish it off after mounting it to a smaller-than-4bar card base.

Wplus9 Autumn Leaves thank you card

Have a great day!

kimberly

Geometric Thank You Card

Just popping in to share a quick post today of a one-layer thank you card. For this, I used a new favorite stamp set: Sohcahtoa from Altenew. I have a thing for triangles, so this set really does it for me!

Sohcahtoa thank you card

I wanted to keep the card really graphic, so I kept with a black and white theme – stamping my images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink in a random (but visually pleasing!) pattern. I then added a sentiment, embossed in white on black cardstock.

Sohcahtoa thank you card

As a finishing touch, I used my Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black to add some dots here and there.

Sohcahtoa thank you cardI made a few of these in other colors, but so far I like the black and white best. I’ll keep experimenting, though!

Sohcahtoa thank you card

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First Birthday Party Invitations

Last week, I was commissioned to make some first birthday party invitations for a co-worker. Here’s how they turned out:

First birthday invitations

I started by creating a design on the computer (I don’t get too complicated and just use some free fonts and the full extent of my Microsoft Word savvy for this). I added all of the text for my design, leaving room for my little ink splatter design in the middle. I was able to put 3 invitations on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet to print them out more efficiently. Here’s an example of the word file (with silly details added so I’m not giving away anyone’s real address or phone number!).

invite

After printing these out on some heavyweight card stock and cutting them (a little smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″), I started on the rest of the design. This involved creating a mask for the number 1 from my Number It die set and aligning it in the middle of the empty space on the invitation.

First birthday invitations

Then, I used a Splatter Stencil and ink blended some Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress ink over the top.

First birthday invitations

First birthday invitations

I like how these turned out! Soon, customize-able versions of these will be available in the Shop!

First birthday invitations

kimberly

Autumn Leaves Card Set

Autumn leaf cards

I recently purchased the Autumn Leaves stamp set from Wplus9 (I’ve been swooning over it for quite a while) and now I want to make ALL THE FALL THEMED CARDS.

These three are a good start. :)

Autumn leaf cards

I started by stamping several of the outline leaf images on watercolor paper, and painting them in yellow and orange tones. I added several layers of watercolor to each image.

While the leaves were drying, I cut some panels out and masked them off so that narrow strips were showing, and sprayed the open areas with some gold color shine spray. The gold is really pretty and metallic but unfortunately does not show up well in these photographs.

Autumn leaf cards

When everything was dry, I started stamping some sentiments in Sepia VersaFine ink. The sentiments come from two different stamp sets: Doodle Buds and Handwritten Floral Greetings. Then, I mounted the panels to a 4bar card base, and added my leaves using foam tape.

Autumn leaf cards

Autumn leaf cards

Best part? These are available for purchase in the Freshwater Studio Shop!

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Floral Congratulations Card

Congratulations card

I made this card some time ago, and totally forgot to share it here! And I haven’t been especially creative in the past few weeks, so here we are. Hopefully I can get back to my craft room soon! I miss it.

For this card, I stamped several floral clusters in each corner of the panel, using the Painted Flowers stamp set from Altenew. I used masks to arrange the clusters so that my flowers could overlap, and used several colors of ink as well. So many Altenew stamp sets make it so easy to build images with multiple layers in multiple colors.

Congratulations card altenew stamps

I then die-cut the Congratulations sentiment from several pieces of white card stock and glued each layer together to give the word some dimension. I adhered that to the panel with multi medium matte adhesive (this is a good option for delicate die cuts because the glue dries matte, so you don’t have to be too worried if it ends up somewhere it doesn’t belong).

I felt like the card could use a little more oomph, so I added some black dots with a Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black and then some soft pink sequins as well. I like how she turned out.

Congratulations card

Have a wonderful week!

kimberly

Hand Painted Floral Background // No Stamps!

Floral watercolor background

This week I’m sharing a card that uses no stamps! Instead I decided to hand paint some florals to make a pretty background. Before I started painting, I perused Pinterest for some floral inspiration (I keep an inspiration board there, and often look through it when I need a little help with ideas). I should also say that it’s kind of amazing how little blobs of paint somehow turn into flowers. Honestly, I’m not spectacular at this, but I still think the flowers and leaves came out pretty well (and at certain points I was literally just painting blobs)!

Freehand floral watercolor

I had masked off part of the card so that the pattern only covered about 2/3 of the panel. I did this mostly because I imagined the card turning out a bit differently, but sometimes you have to adapt. I added a line of gold embossing along the floral/no floral line before adding my die cut sentiment.

Freehand floral watercolor

The Happy Birthday sentiment is the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die. I cut it from white card stock several times, stacked them up and glued them onto the panel. I added a few clear droplets as a final touch. By the way, I used Canson watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors for the painting.

Floral watercolor background

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