Got the Blues? Check Out 2 Uplifting Handmade Cards

Sometimes doing something special for someone during a rough period is the best medicine. In today’s papercraft projects, we share two different themes for encouragement cards. Tenia creates a cute and simple sympathy card for a broken heart while Elina creates reminds us to dance.

Got the Blues? Check Out 2 Uplifting Handmade Cards

Broken Heart Mini Card by Tenia Nelson

Hey Y’all! Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a sympathy or broken heart mini card measuring 3 x 3 inches and made with Imagine and Tsukineko ink products. Sometimes sending someone a sweet message when they are feeling blue is a nice way to show them you are thinking of them.

Broken Heart Mini Card by Tenia Nelson

Using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the heart image onto 3 x 3 inch card. Next, spray a Bahama Blue Fireworks onto card to give the splatter effect in the background. Ink the same heart stamp with VersaMark, stamp and heat emboss onto red cardstock. Cut out embossed image and adhere to card using the first stamp as a guide and attach with foam adhesive.

Since green is a natural complement to red, ink the sentiment with Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and stamp sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock and cut around the sentiment. Adhere this text block onto card using foam adhesive. Also add washi, patterned paper and sticker stitches. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


  • Cardstock – white, red
  • Patterned paper
  • Unity Stamp Company – heart stamp
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Foam dot adhesive

Just Dance Watercolor Card by Elina Stromberg

Just Dance Watercolor Card by Elina Stromberg

Watercolors are an easy way to create beautiful backgrounds for your card projects. However, there are differences between watercolors; many cheap watercolor palettes may be rich in pigment, but once dry the colors becomes chalky and less vibrant. Liquid colors are a good choice, and the water-based Fireworks Craft Spray have become my favorite. In addition to the lively rich colors Fireworks also adds a bit of shimmer to your projects.

When making simple one-layer cards with watercolor background, I often use liquid masking fluid for protecting the main image. I start with stamping the image, and then cover it with a thin layer of masking fluid. Once the rubber layer is dry, I can simply paint over the image to create my background. On this card, I wanted to add more texture on top of the watercolors. So I used irRESISTibles and embossing powder to create this effect. The bottom part (earthy ground) of the image is decorated with gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher creates a raised look. While the white and copper dust textures are embossing powder are super fine with a raised look as well. The red dress and hat are painted with a water brush, using red VersaMagic ink. And I left an open space in the sky to stamp the sentiment.


  • Stampin’Up – ‘Beautiful You’ stamp
  • Watercolor paper
  • Card base – white
  • Cardstock– dark blue
  • Winsor and Newton – masking fluid
  • Water brush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Heat gun

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