Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

by Elina Stromberg

Create a Watercolor Effect for a Thank You Card

This easy background technique can be used for creating beautiful soft backgrounds for various paper crafting projects. I used it for decorating a simple one-layer card, embracing our lovely color of the month ‘Fern Green’. The technique is quick and easy, and it requires only a very limited amount of supplies. Just take out your favorite Memento ink pad, any pattern stencil, a sponge dauber, and you’re good to go!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Place card base flat on your Craft Mat, inside facing down. Wipe the Craft Mat with the ‘Bamboo Leaves’ green ink pad, mist the ink gently with water. Using a Jumbo dauber apply a soft layer of ink on the card base, both on the card front and on the backside. Do not ink the entire card but leave some areas blank. Let dry for a few minutes.


Step 2

Stencil random text patterns on the inked areas. Use the same green Memento ink and a small Sponge dauber.


Step 3

Die-cut the ‘Thank You’ sentiment twice, once from white cardstock and once from dark green. Layer the die-cut words letting the white layer partly show underneath. Glue on the card front. Die cut a branch from dark green cardstock and glue on the card front. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine decorate the card with letter stickers and hand-cut leaves, branches, or flowers.

Supplies

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  • Card base
  • Cardstock – White, Dark Green
  • The Crafter’s Workshop – Art Is Stencil
  • Sizzix – Skeleton Leaves
  • Die-Versions – Everyday
  • Water Mister
  • Glue

DIY Wedding Favor Gift Boxes

by Nadine Carlier

DIY Wedding Favor Gift Boxes with silver embossing

Sometimes you want to leave your guests a little something as a thank you for attending your wedding. These DIY wedding favor gift boxes are super easy to make. They can be made in many different sizes and colors to fit your style and needs. They would also be great for party favors for a baby shower too.
Watch my video below for details on how to make these cute little boxes.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 10 minutes

Supplies

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How To Make Easy Wedding Invitations

by Nadine Carlier

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Wedding invitations can be expensive!  But with Delicata Inks and a pretty layered flower stamp, you can create some inexpensive invitations that are not only pretty but they are also easy to make. Find out how by watching my video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 10 minutes per card

Supplies

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See How To Make A Birthday Card With A Dynamic Look

by Elina Stromberg

See How To Make A Birthday Card With A Dynamic Look

This card project is a playful combination of two very different design elements; a simple white graphical front and a rich bright colorful background. This design idea can be used for various card projects of different sizes and shapes; this background looks as great on a large square card as on a small ATC. For the background use your favorite colors and color combinations and add additional layers with stamps and stencils. The graphical white card front will calm down even the busiest color burst background making the result look elegant and beautiful.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 2 hours + drying time

Direction


Step 1

Trim a panel from white cardstock. The size should be slightly smaller than your card base (approx. 0.25 inch smaller on all edges). Place the panel on your craft mat, backside up. Using a pencil and a ruler trace a border around the edges. Trace a few straight lines across the panel, letting the lines cross. Decide on the placement of the solid front label that will be the base for the stamped sentiment. Mark the label area clearly so that it will be left uncut.

Step 2

Place the front panel on a cutting mat. Using a craft knife and a ruler cut out the areas inside the crossing lines. Leave a thin border on both sides of the lines. Do not cut into the solid label area.


Step 3

Mist a piece of white heavy watercolor paper with water. Use your craft mat as a palette: Remove the nozzle from the Fireworks mist, pour a drop of color on the craft mat and apply color on the paper using a brush. Add drops of another matching color either with a brush or with the nozzle. Mix colors using both water and a brush, let dry before adding more layers of color.

Step 4

When finished with painting splash the paper with clear water. Let water react with the colors for a few seconds and lift off excess by pressing the paper with a paper towel. Let dry completely and trim to size of your white card front.

Step  5

Using one or two ink colors stamp the sentiment text on the card front.

Step 6

Assemble the card by first gluing the white card front on the colorful background and then attaching the entire front panel on the card base.


Extra Tip:

When coloring a card background I often use a paper slightly larger than my finished project. After trimming the panel to the final size I keep the colorful leftover pieces and use them for decorating the inside of the card. This way I’m continuing the same color and/or pattern theme on the inside of the card!

Supplies

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  • White cardstock
  • White heavy watercolor paper
  • Solid color card base
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Watercolor brush
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ali Edwards – ‘Hello Birthday’ Stamp

How To Use StazOn Pigment Ink As A Resist

by Nadine Carlier

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Did you know that you can use StazOn Pigment Ink as a resist with other inks like VersaFine Clair? Find out how by watching my video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

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Create a Shimmery “Sending You Love” Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

A big card, with a big message written on a small charm, can best describe the theme of this card. Using a lot of sparkle both on the background and on the white flowers and leaves, I enhanced the details of the background color and the plain whiteness of the floral decoration. The Sheer Shimmer Stix worked so nice on both the large surface of the stripes stencil and adding detail on the edges of the floral embellishments avoiding overuse of spraying shimmer on the paper and in places not required.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30min

Directions


Step 1

Use a sponge dauber to apply the VersaColor Pinecone ink on the stripes stencil on the craft card, covering just above half of it on the long side.


Step 2

Leave the stencil on the same place and apply the shimmer using the Sheer Shimmer Stix, easily and with no mess!


Step 3

Use the Sheer Shimmer Stix on the edges of the paper flowers and leaves to add detail and color an 8-inch long piece of cotton cord with it.


Step 4

Color the chipboard with the VersaFine CLAIR Glamorous and add sparkle with the Sheer Shimmer Stix.


Step 5

Fill the metallic charm center heart with the irRESISTible Pico embellisher Morocco color and let it dry.


Step 6

Set the craft card and the corrugated black paper on the card base using the Tear It! Tape.


Step 7

First place the cord and the chipboard on the card.


Step 8

Continue adding the flowers and the metallic charm.

 

Supplies

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  • 7×5 card base
  • 6×4 craft card
  • Paper flowers and leaves
  • Cotton pipe cord
  • Follow your heart charm
  • 4×2 black corrugated paper
  • Wycinanka chipboard – mail hearts
  • Stripes stencil
  • Hot glue gun