Nautical Theme Card Set

Here we are in the middle of winter and I’m making card sets with sea turtles and jelly fish on them. Probably because I’m already pretty sick of shoveling. I’m looking forward to warmer weather soon!

Have a beautiful day card set

This set of cards is heavily inspired by a card made by Joan over at Dear Paperlicious. I recently discovered her blog and I love all of the cards she makes! When I saw the almost-one-layer card she made with similar stamps (with a beautiful cobalt-colored ink that I was wishing I had in my stash!) I couldn’t resist stamping a similar card of my own.

Have a beautiful day card set

I chose four colors of ink for the four cards I planned to make: Fog, High Dive, Soft Navy and Teeny Bikini. I then masked off my already-cut A-2 card bases with some painter’s tape, so that I could stamp my pattern but leave a large white space at the bottom of each card for the sentiment that I’d add later on.

Have a beautiful day one layer card

I loaded up some acrylic blocks with several of the smallest images from the July My Monthly Hero kit by Hero Arts (sadly, it’s now sold out – but this design will work with any small stamps!). I stamped all over the un-masked area of my cards and really packed those images in there! I made sure to clean off my stamps really well before switching to a different color for the next card. Although the process of stamping the pattern one image at a time was a bit tedious, I found it quite relaxing – which is probably why I made several of these!

Have a beautiful day card

Once I’d finished stamping, I would remove the painter’s tape to reveal a nice white space on the lower third of the card. I wanted to delineate the space a bit more, so I used my VersaMarker and a ruler to draw a line across the card where the stamping stopped and the white space began. Then I added some Liquid Platinum embossing powder and used a dry paintbrush to brush away some bits here and there so the line was a little less perfect. Finally, I used my heat tool to emboss the jagged little line I had made, and I think that little detail helped to add some interest and balance to the card. I then found a very simple sentiment (also part of the July Hero kit) and stamped that in VersaFine Onyx Black ink below the line I’d just made. VersaFine ink is my favorite for stamping sentiments!

Have a beautiful day one layer card set

I ended up chopping off about a quarter inch from the bottom of each card because I felt the white space I had left was a little too much, but there you have it! A simple one-layer card in a style that lends itself to any kind of little stamps – not just fish and sea turtles and coral! I think I’ll box these up in a set and gift them to a friend.

I hope everyone is having an excellent weekend!



Handmade Card Sets

Handmade Card SetsHandmade sets of anything always make a really nice gift. In all my cardmarking, I decided that sets of cards would be a really easy and thoughtful gift to send off to some of my friends who live far away. I decided on an easily reproduce-able design and used a very simple technique of embossing a sentiment on watercolor paper, and doing a watercolor wash in various colors for the different cards. I then mounted the watercolor panel onto a 4bar-size card base.

Watercolor Card SetsFor some of the cards, I embossed the Hello sentiments with platinum embossing powder, for others I used white or clear embossing powder. Some cards I mounted on off-white cards, others I mounted on kraft cardstock cards. I like to mix it up. I also used a variety of smaller sentiments to go with the “hello” to give a variety of card choices to the recipients of the card sets.

Handmade Card SetsI included 4 cards in every card set, along with 4 envelopes, postage and a pen. I put everything in a nice clear box (that I ordered from, and made a little label for each set on my computer. I had so much fun making these and shipping them off.

Handmade Card Set Box