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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Farewell! Congrats!

Farewell card

I said goodbye to a coworker last week, so a farewell card was in order. There’s something I like a lot about big red letters on a craft background (especially for masculine cards) so I went with that here.

First, for the panel, I used VersaMark ink to stamp out a few wonky circles from the Sparkle and Shine stamp set. I also stamped a few “congrats” from a Mini Messages stamp set (I cut this sentiment apart to only use one of the three congrats messages). I then cut the panel down a bit using a stitched rectangle die.

Farewell card

I cut FAREWELL out of red card stock several times using Jounaling Alpha dies and stacked them up several letters high to give the sentiment some dimension. The congrats was stamped with VersaMark onto black cardstock and heat embossed with some white embossing powder. I then adhered that little sentiment strip to the card with some foam tape.

Farewell card

To finish the card, I adhered the panel onto an A2-sized card base cut from some more craft cardstock. No extra frills because it is a masculine card, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out otherwise!

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Tags on Tags, on Tags

Recently, I feel like I’ve entered a very creative period when it comes to crafting and card making. It feels great! Especially after going through some stints there where I found it tough to be creative whatsoever. I’ve just been letting the ideas flow, and I’m excited to share some of them with you in the coming weeks. This week – tags! I’ve been making them like a crazy person.

Gift tags

I think when you’re in a creative rut, the best place to start is somewhere simple. And that’s what I did here. I had recently gifted two coworkers with some soap, and I  wanted to personalize the bars I gave them, so I grabbed a piece of scrap watercolor paper that I had previously painted (but had no idea what to do with), and just started cutting tags out of it. I used a die that seems to no longer be available from Simon Says Stamp (womp), but I really liked the simplicity of the whole thing. I also added some initials to the tags to personalize them.  So, that got the wheels turning. I painted more panels in the same striped fashion and started cutting tags from them.

Gift tags

After that I just couldn’t stop! :)  I started painting some watercolor paper with  really loose and haphazard washes of color, and made more tags in a rainbow of colors. Now, I have no shortage of cute embellishments for packages, and I’m also selling them in packs of 10 in my Etsy shop.

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

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You Are…

Hello Friends! The summer seems to be winding down here, which means the summer staffers who’ve worked for me this summer are headed back to school in a few weeks. It’s always tough to say goodbye to them, but so great to have been a part of their summer job experience. Lately, every year, I’ve made cards for the two summer staffers, and we have a nice BBQ celebration to mark the end of a busy summer and to celebrate their efforts. This year is no different, and I’m really looking forward to some burgers and hot dogs on the grill!

Appreciation cards

These two are pretty match-y, but are obviously different colors with different sentiments. I heat embossed the Mini Scenery: Madison stamp in white onto each panel, and created watercolor washes over top, as ya’ll know I love to do.

Appreciation cards

The YOU part of the sentiment was cut using Journaling Alphas dies, and the sub sentiments, embossed in white on black cardstock strips, came from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

Appreciation cards

A few sequins on each to finish them off (and some confetti tossed around) and they were finished!

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Negative Die Cut Thank You Cards

I’ve been focusing a lot of energy on my Etsy shop lately, and things seem to be going well there which means I’ve been making a lot of quick thank you cards that I slip into orders. I made these two recently, and I thought I’d share them here.

CAS thank you card

Both cards came together pretty quickly. And the best part was that I was able to use up some “scraps” to put them together. I started by die-cutting the word thanks into a panel (one rectangular and one round) using Journaling Alphas dies. I then put a scrap piece of already-painted watercolor paper (I have a lot of practice panels lying around) behind the cut outs, propping the die cut panel up with some foam tape before adhering the two pieces together.

CAS thank you cardI then found a scrap of black cardstock (lots of that lying around, too) and stamped out sub-sentiment from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, heat embossed in white.Then I added everything to a card base.

The process was much the same for the circular card.

Circle thank you card

You can see that with the second card I didn’t bother with adhering that little center portion of the “A” because I learned after the first card that ain’t nobody got time for that… :)

Oh! I also added a bit of Wink of Stella glitter to the watercolor panel pieces before adding them behind the die-cut panels. The glitter doesn’t show up well in the photos, but it added a little bit of shimmer to the card, which was nice.

Circle thank you card

That’s it!

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Floral Happy Birthday Card

It’s amazing how the weather in  New England can fluctuate so much from day to day. Two days ago I was sweating to death in my not-air-conditioned house and today I’m wishing I wore a sweater and looking forward to hot soup for dinner! Though some of my flowers and veggies are doing really well, this fluctuating weather seems to have also taken a toll on my garden this year. So for now I’ll have to settle for lots of floral cards in bright colors to get me by!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I created this one by stamping several floral images from the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set onto a watercolor paper panel. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder to stamp and then emboss the images. Over all of that, I painted two layers of watercolor washes in pink and purple-toned shades.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

The die-cut sentiment comes from the Painted Happy Birthday die. The rest of the sentiment was stamped on black paper and heat embossed in white, then mounted to the front of the panel with some foam tape.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

You can just barely see it in the photos, but I also added a bit of string just behind the sentiment for added interest. I wrapped some string around my fingers in a circle, then placed it on the panel, pulling at it here and there to create a less perfect look. Some light pink sequins scattered around the panel finished the whole thing off!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I’ve also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #76!

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