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Sometimes I have a hard time knowing what words to send to a friend, and in those cases, I hope that the handmade card helps to express what I’m trying to say.

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For these cards, I cut a Paige Evans flower bouquet from white textured cardstock and used it to inspire the loose watercolor.  After the paint had dried, I adhered the die cut over the watercolor with a sentiment strip.

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These cards were made with heartfelt love and prayers.

 

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I am enrolled in Sandy Allnock’s (self-paced) Underwater Scenes Copic mini-course at art-classes.com, and back in the fall while I was off my feet recovering from ankle surgery, I completed the first lesson (the shallows):

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I LOVED it (and I was so impressed at what I’d made), but then I got busy with other things and didn’t come back to the class until just a few days ago.  I wanted to make a special birthday card for a dear friend, and I had an idea in mind, but I needed to do the second lesson!

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While my kids played outside, I sat at the dining room table where I could keep an eye on them, and I worked through lesson 2 (the surface).  I have to admit, at first I was pretty intimidated by the thought of creating realistic water surface and bubbles, but Sandy makes it so straightforward and approachable in the class! I made two small attempts– the second one in a more “tropical” set of colors…

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…and when I was finished, I just kinda sat there in shock for a bit after I saw what I’d made, haha!!

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As you can see in the photo above showing my in-progress work, I was making these with a card design in mind.  After I finished my water, I trimmed the two strips into vertical panels.  I colored one of the cute mermaids from Lawn Fawn’s “Mermaid for You” set (also with my Copics and white gel pen accents) and added her (with foam) to make it look like she was joyfully leaping above the wave.

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On the inside, I added my sentiment.  I didn’t have the phrase I wanted in the set, so I hand-wrote “mermazing” in the style of Lawn Fawn’s script, and I used some other sentiment stamps to add “You’re” and “Happy Birthday” above and below!

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Goldfish card

My children took swim lessons for over a year at a local swim school, and during that time, we developed a deep appreciation for the teachers and staff at that location.  When we finished lessons earlier this summer, I wanted to make a special card to let them know how much of an impact they had on our lives.

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I’ve had this layering stamp from Hero Arts (affiliate link) for quite a while, but I’d never gotten it out to use it before now.  I used my MISTI to line everything up, and I used yellow, orange, and brown ink to stamp several fish.  Using a long-ago tip from Jennifer McGuire, I added clear embossing powder to the orange layer of the fish to add a bit more texture and dimension.

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For the background, I used the seaweed stamp with two shades of green, stretching the stamp and repositioning it to get a wider variety of shapes.

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This card is bigger than the cards I normally make, but I wanted it to be nice and large so that I could include a photo collage inside, as well as my letter to the teachers and staff.

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Get better card

This card is a bit more clean-and-simple; I am finding myself drawn to this style more and more lately.

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I colored the little rocket from the Paper Smooches Space Cadet set with Copics, after I used a mask to stamp one of the aliens in the porthole.  I cut out the rocket, added some flames and then popped it all up on some foam.

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The background is some simple ink blending with a couple colors of blue ink, and I used a white gel pen to add some stars.

I hope that this cute little card can be an encouragement to my friend!

 

 

 

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Congratulations card

A friend of mine was recently hired for a new position, and I am so happy for her.  I wanted to send her a congratulations/encouragement card, and so my mind went instantly to the “Space Cadet” set from Paper Smooches.

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Inspired by the August challenge at the Paper Smooches blog, I decided to make my own background by stamping the sentiment stamp repeatedly and heat embossing it with white.  I blended several shades of blue pigment ink to look spacey, and I lightened them to create a bit of a spotlight for my little astronaut.

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I colored the astronaut with a few Copics, and popped her up on some foam with some silver thread behind her, with an additional sentiment from a very old Hero Arts set.

 

 

 

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I wanted to hand-make a special wedding card for my cousin and his new wife, and believe it or not, this one was inspired by the ampersand card in this blog post.  I didn’t have the same cut file, but as I was looking through my collection of Paige Evans cut files, I came across this floral spray… and the wheels started turning in my brain.  The couple’s wedding invitation had a lovely floral design, and so I “inverted” the ampersand card a bit– I made the floral element the focal design and the ampersand into the accent piece.  I used watercolors to paint an abstract background for the cut file– using colors to match the invitation.

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The ampersand is four layers of white cardstock, and I painted the top layer with Heidi Swapp gold ColorShine since I didn’t have any metallic paper on hand.  I added some gold droplets and gold sequins as a finishing touch.

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I adhered the cut file only in the center bits so that the edges would be free and show a bit of dimensionality.

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Recently, a friend from church gave me a big box of lovely wooden, red-rubber stamps that she was clearing out of her house.  In particular, there were two of these stained-glass style stamps that really caught my eye.

When a need came up this past week for an encouragement/get well card, I knew that I had to try this stamp out.

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I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with a black pigment ink pad that wasn’t as juicy as I expected, so the lines came out a softer grey color. I heat-embossed them with clear powder to give the image the look of leaded glass.

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After the heat-embossing was cool, I spent some relaxing time painting each space with watercolors.  I love how the transparency and varying intensity of the color gives a glass look!

I have done very little watercoloring (besides playing as a kid), so this might be a new medium for me to look into!

 

P.S. I’m linking this to the Simon Says Stamp “Play with Paint” Monday challenge and the Wednesday “Anything Goes” challenge!

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