The Watercolour Pencils have certainly been the focus of my crafting of late. This background is so easy to achieve. The harder you press with your pencils the deeper the colour you will achieve with your background. Once you have coloured onto your background (I used Watercolour paper) use your Aqua Painter to go over the top. This will smooth out your colouring and spread the colour. Once the background dried I added a quick layer of Wink of Stella (the clear one) over the top, it gave this card a beautiful shimmery finish.
I’ve stamped and heat set my sentiment with white embossing powder, I’ve then cut it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (which no photo will do justice, everyone absolutely loves them when they get to see them in real life). I’ve cut the Dragon Fly framelits and added them around the sentiment.
You love to make cards but do you always have someone to give all of your creations to?
For me personally I have made a much more conscious effort to give out Birthday Cards throughout the year. I’ll hand deliver as many as I can.
I love giving thank you and general appreciation cards to teachers, coaches and friends. Sometimes a bit of a ‘cheer you up’ card is needed too.
But if you’ve done all this and you still have a stash or if you really want to reach out and share the love check out these amazing organisations that can redistribute your cards for you.
- Firstly you can approach your local Retirement Village, Hospital or Church to see if they would like a box for their community to use. They would no doubt think that was wonderful and the cards would be appreciated all year round.
- Your local Meals on Wheels may also love to have cards on hand for their clients, what a lovely surprise that could be! Contact information here.
- Stampin’ Up! support Ronald McDonald House and they would love to have a stash that their guests could use throughout their stay. To find your closest Ronald McDonald House in Australia you can check it out here.
- Women’s Shelters would love your donations. My favourite Women’s service is My Friend’s Place. Click here for their contact information, I’m sure they’d love a stash of cards. They like to have one to welcome a woman into their new home as they flee a life of domestic violence, the women would also enjoy access to cards too.
- Foster Care Organisations such as The Pyjama Foundation are wonderful. They send birthday cards to kids in foster care and also to all their “Pyjama Angels”. You can send you cards to PO Box 9 Banyo, QLD, 4014, more information is here.
- Cards for Combat organise for boxes of cards to be sent over to our defence personnel to use to connect with their loved ones back home. It is important that these cards do have have any glitter that may fall or rub off. If you would like to contribute you send your cards to: Kathy Fynmore, Combat Cards, PO Box 1172. Werribee Plaza VIC 3030. The instructions for this group are detailed and specific so please take the time for have a read before you send off your cards. This is the Facebook link (if you don’t have Facebook I can send you the instructions)
- Other groups like you may like to interact with include Random Acts of Kindness run by Kylie Bertucci (she is in Australia). There is another one “Shower with kindness“, I think that one is more US based. Both of these links are on Facebook.
I hope that is a good place to start. Please add other groups that you know of in the comments.
There are times where you may have the perfect card but the wrong sentiment (and no time to make a completely different card…)
Just add a background coordinating punch with your punched out sentiment and you’re good to go!
If you’d like to make this card check out these detailed instructions here.
This is the product list for these cards specifically. You would assume that I’ve used a green ink however it is simply the blended effect from Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.
It was nice to make a masculine card for a change, I’ve haven’t made one for ages (which made me think that we should do a class full of cards for men, details to follow soon!)
This card was pretty much cased from Windy . I added an Early Espresso layer, changed the silver thread to linen thread and added Wink of Stella to the fish (it looks wonderful in real life).
What do you think about this card being included in a class?
While researching different watercolour cards I came across this one by Chantal. I still prefer Chantal’s version however here is the one we have been making at my recent classes.
You can ink up the stripe background stamp and then spritz water directly onto the stamp before stamping onto the paper (in this case it is Whisper White Cardstock) The colours of the ink should separate a bit (that isn’t really obvious in the photo and each card will be different due to the differing amounts of water you get onto your stamp). The splotches from Gorgeous Grunge have been spritz after they were stamped onto the paper. Many of my guests added a Dragon Fly in Island Indigo instead of the white pictured, it looked lovely too.
As always if you have any questions please let me know.
I saw this beautiful card on Pinterest by Vikki, I changed it slightly…
You’ll find this gorgeous Designer Series Paper in the “Pop of Pink” pack. Don’t forget to use your Precision Base Plate to get an excellent cutting result with your Dragonfly Thinlit, more information about the Precision Base Plate is here.
I’ve used an embossing folder on the Gold Foil, I love how well our foil embosses with the Big Shot, this folder has now retired but lots of others would look wonderful on this card.