Cards

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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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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The Freshwater Studio Shop is OPEN!

I finally opened an Etsy store! It’s called Freshwater Studio Shop and it’s the place where you can find some cards from this site up for sale – as singles or in boxed sets. I’m still figuring out some things but I’m getting the store stocked up little by little. I even have some ideas about other types of things I’d like to sell in the shop (think, party supplies). Today, I added this thank you card set:

Thank you cards - merci beaucoup

You can visit Freshwater Studio Shop by heading to etsy.com/shop/freshwaterstudioshop or by visiting the Shop page from this blog’s home page. Below is a snapshot of some current listings.

storefront

I’ve also started an instagram account for the Shop. Since my personal instagram account has a lot of other stuff on it (like cats, plants and the occasional selfie), the @freshwaterstudio instagram account with feature only card projects and products available in the shop. So, I hope you’ll join me there if you’d like to see more. I’ll still post lots of cardmaking stuff on my personal account, so I’ll do my best not to cross-post, I swear! (And tell me who you are on instagram so I can follow you, too!)

Thank you cards - merci beaucoup

If you do check out the shop, let me know your thoughts. I’m just getting started, so I’d really love to hear your feedback about the shop overall.

And lastly – thank you to all of my kind readers and followers. So many of you have encouraged me to start this little shop and I’m really excited to be open for business. I have lots of ideas percolating, so here goes nothin’!

kimberly