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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

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Bold and Colorful Thank You Cards

Colorful thank you cards

Another set of thank you cards! These were quick and easy (my favorite kind of thank you card) and required a minimal amount of supplies.

 

Colorful thank you cards

I started by painting simple watercolor washes over several 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ panels of watercolor paper. Once each panel was dry, I cut them down slightly smaller and then added a big bold sentiment on each using the Mama Elephant Merci stamp set. I stamped the sentiments using VersaFine Onyx black ink. Lastly, I mounted each panel onto a 4bar-sized card base. No frills, but these cards still pack a punch!

Colorful thank you cards

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend (I’m hoping the snow that’s headed this way doesn’t pile up too much – fingers crossed)!

kimberly

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Merci Beaucoup!

Sometimes a simple distress ink-blended background and a big and bold sentiment are all it takes to put together a nice thank you card!
Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

The two cards were made for two college students who worked for me (at my day job!) this summer. They were such a great help to me that I was really sad to see them go. Somehow bright, colorful handmade cards eased the pain just a bit. :)

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I had an ink blended panel kicking around my craft room, that I had made duringĀ  #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. To make the panel, I blended an assortment of distress inks onto some white 80lbpaper in rough rainbow order. I then added some water droplets which bleached out certain areas and created what looks to me like a nice bokeh effect. I then used a 5″x 3.75″stitched rectangle die to cut two panels from the larger piece.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I used my Mini Misti and Versa Fine onyx black ink to stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Merci stamp set. Then, I attached each panel to an A2 sized card base. I resisted the urge to glue some sequins onto the cards, though I think that might have been a nice finishing touch.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama ElephantI really love how these turned out. I hope you like them, too!

kimberly