Thanks card

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These cards are easy and fun to make.  The great thing is that they can be easily reproduced. You could make them for a teacher’s gift or keep a bunch on hand when you need a sweet personalized thanks!  I used Inktense watercolor pencils to color in this cute stamp from Penny Black.

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The notecards are from Paper Studio, and the bows are pre-made ones from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I cut down the original image and mounted it onto some black cardstock. The “Thanks” stickers are form Provo Craft and I have a ton of these laying around, so it is a good way to use my stash.  I used foam squares to attach it to the notecard for some dimensional interest. I then added some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the basket and Glossy Accents to the apples for dimension and shine.  This is a great place to practice your watercolor technique since the image is simple and big enough to try out different shading techniques and color combos.

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Hope you these little guys brightened your Monday!

–Lisa

 

 

Sizzix framelits Rainbow heart card

 

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This card is perfect for the cloudy day outside today.  This one is pretty versatile since you could use it for a birthday card, thank you card, or even just a thinking of you card.20140323_164052

I used the Sizzix heart dies to create my rainbow hearts along the edge. I used the smallest size and as you probably can tell I used some washi tape to adhere the heart die to the cardstock so it wouldn’t move as I put it through my die cut machine. I have a BigKick (Big shot) machine that I bought with a 40% off coupon before Christmas at Michael’s.

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I used cardstock from Michael’s.  Their store brand Recollections paper packs go on sale for around $3 pretty often, and I like to pick up a variety of colors to choose from.  It is 80lb cardstock so while I don’t think I would use it for card bases, it does work out well for diecutting images to place on cards.

I embossed my standard size notecard (any notecard will do) with the small dots from the Lifestyle Crafts embossing folders.  After I die cut the hearts, I stamped the sentiment on some leftover black cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.  I used foam dots to give the hearts some 3-dimensional interest and added some Wink of Stella clear glitter (forgot to add it to my materials picture) to them for shine and sparkle.

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I ended up giving this card to my husband for Valentine’s Day but it is a super versatile card and could be used for many different applications.

Happy Crafting!  Hope this card bring a little color into your day.

 

 

 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers Watercolor Card

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I have been in love with watercolor effects lately. They have such an elegant lovely look to them. For this card I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers. I used the brush tip abd scribbled Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles on my Ranger craft sheet. I spritzed the craft sheet with some water and then laid my watercolor paper into the pools of watercolor ink.

I waited for the watercolor paper to dry and then I stamped my Her Arts flower image onto the watercolor paper with Versamark Ink in frost.

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I enbossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powder. At first my watercolor image was a bit muted against the white embossed flower image, so I decided to add some more color. I used the same color markers and the same technique of scribbling on the craft paper, adding a bit of water and then pressing the image into the watercolor pools of ink. I was careful not to spread it around too much so that it wouldn’t create a muddy effect. It really is just trial and error to get the look that you want for your card.

I used a piece of Bazzill 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and cut it in half for the card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″). After I scored the card I scored lines down the entire card for a raised embossed look to add dimension to the card.

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I added bling and a birthday wishes greeting to finish it off. I got the stamp at the dollar section at Michaels. I wanted the watercolor image to speak for itself so I only inked the greeting part of the stamp with Versamark Black Onyx Ink. The bling I bought at Michael’s too when it was on sale. It is their Recollections store brand.

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I adhered the water color image onto a scrap piece of black cardstock (also from Michael’s) then added foam tape to the back of the water color image to have it pop off the card with more dimension.

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This card is a lovely way to bring spring into your cards!

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Here are the supplies I used. If you have any questions on what I used, please leave a comment.

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Have fun creating a little Spring for your cards!

 

Princess Card

princess xardPicsArt_1395602929033I have a certain princess who will be turning 8 soon and while I have been making cards for other people for years, I very rarely make a home-made card for my own family. I want it to be just right for them so I often get stuck by trying to make it perfect. This year my girls begged me to make THEM cards for their birthdays, so I figured I needed to get over my creative block and just do it.

I used a card base from Michael’s.  It was just one of their 5X7 notecards. I had some heart patterned paper from Michael’s as well.  I used the Hero Arts “Magical Castle” Stamp set, and I really like the images in this set.  They stamp nice and clear.

I used Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder and Versamark Ink to stamp and emboss the images before I colored them in.  I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils (http://www.pencils.co.uk/product.aspx?mid=718) to color in the image. I used pink and green scraps to cut out the heart and scalloped edge.  I had a small $1 punch from Michael’s and the scalloped edge is from an old decorative scissors that I haven’t used in ages.

My inspiration came from the Hero Arts website: http://shop.heroarts.com/p/magical-castle