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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 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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