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.
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.
Hope you these little guys brightened your Monday!
I 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