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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!

kimberly

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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.

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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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One Layer Watercolor Thank You Card

Just a quick post today to share with you this one-layer thank you card I put together. I fell in love with this card I made not too long ago, and used that as inspiration for this one.
Thank you card

I used the outline flower image from the Beautiful Day stamp set and some masking paper, to create a focal point of layered flowers at the bottom right of my watercolor panel. I then added a whole lot of pink and purple-toned watercolor in several layers. I made sure that the highest saturation of color was focused on the flowers themselves, but that was about as fussy as I got with it.

Thank you card

When the panel was dry, I cut it down to 4.25″ x 5″ size using a stitched rectangle die. Then, I stamped my sentiment from the SSS Handwritten Floral Greetings set using Intense Black Ink (I also used this ink for stamping the flowers because it’s waterproof). At this point I realized I need to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card, so I masked off my sentiment and added some black ink splatters here and there. I also used my Pico Embellisher in black to add some life back to the flower centers, which had gotten lost underneath all of the watercolor.

Thank you card

I hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful start!

kimberly

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Simple Watercolor Wash Thank You Card

Last week we got a bit of snow here in central Massachusetts. Fourteen and a half inches, to be exact. It was quite a lot of snow for one storm, especially in March, and especially when you have a long driveway and are armed only with a shovel!
Thank you card

Thankfully, many of my neighbors have snow blowers, and during this last storm, several of them were kind enough to help me out by snow-blowing parts of my sidewalk and driveway. You know that dreaded area at the end of the driveway where the snow is super high because the plow has pushed all of that extra snow into it? That’s always the worst place to shovel, and I’m so glad we didn’t have to shovel it this time, because a snow-blowin’ neighbor helped with that! So, I whipped up some thank you cards to drop in their mailboxes.

Thank you card

This card was fairly simple and straight forward. I started by stamping several floral images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set, using Intense Black ink on to Canson watercolor paper that I had but to about 4.5″ x 6″ or so. I then painted a watercolor wash over the top and cut out a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel using a stitched rectangle die. I used the Hand Lettered Thanks die by Wplus9 for the sentiment, along with a secondary sentiment from the coordinating stamp set (which I stamped with embossing ink on black paper and heat embossed in white).

Thank you card

After arranging everything on the panel, I decided the sentiment needed a bit more separation from the panel itself, so I die-cut a circle of vellum and then embossed the edge with some white embossing powder, and added it underneath my sentiment arrangement. A few sequins and I was finished!

Thank you card

In related news, I’m asking for a snow blower for my birthday.

kimberly

 

 

 

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Merci Times Three// I’m back from the dead

It’s time to resurrect this blog. I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! No excuses, really. I got busy doing home improvement work (and I do plan to share some before and after photos soon), and then days turned into weeks turned into months. Going forward, I’m going to do my best to post weekly, and get back into the swing of things. I’ve even got a (mostly) functional craft room now, and having a space for creative work really makes a difference.

About a month ago, we had a housewarming party. It was great! Lots of friends and family came by to celebrate our new house with us and it was so nice to fill our new home with people we love. After the party, I got busy making thank you cards (lots of which have appeared on my instagram feed).

IMG_7987 This set of cards was relatively quick and easy. For two of the cards, I used the Brush Strokes stamp set from Mama Elephant, and an assortment of Mama Elephant pigment inks before stamping the Merci sentiment (from another Mama Elephant stamp set) on top of the brush strokes. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.

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I also had a water colored panel lying around so I slapped a Merci sentiment on that, mounted it on a card base and called it a day.

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Phew. It feels good to get a blog post written! For those of you who are still following along with me Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for sticking it out!

kimberly
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