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Stationery Box

January 18, 2018

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by today!  I’ve got a stationery box to share with you today, and it’s so easy to make.  There are lots of versions of this box available, but I found a video tutorial by MayMay Made It.  It’s easy to follow her step by step instructions, but of course, mine doesn’t look exactly like hers.  I have to change it up a little, right?

I made this for my mom, who’s down with bronchitis.  She wanted to make several birthday cards, but she’s been too sick to do it.  So I created this to help her out.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

When you remove the lid, this flap falls down.  I added a large pocket to the flap to hold envelopes and stickers.  And I didn’t add pockets for tags or notecards, the way MayMay did.  I love that you can customize this design to hold whatever you need.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

I made a matching pen, and I love how it turned out.  It’s so simple, but it adds a professional touch.   A black pen would have matched better, but I still like it.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

I wanted my envelopes to match my cards, so I made my own, using the 1-2-3 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.  They don’t seal, so I added monogrammed stickers from Michaels to close the envelopes.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

Both of these cards started from the same piece of watercolor paper.  I heat embossed the flower in black (Beautiful Day from Altenew), and watercolored over it with Gansai Tambi watercolors.  Distress Inks would work, too.  I changed direction halfway through the card, and decided to die cut it.  That left a lot of paper, so I stamped the boat (Sailboat by Darkroom Door) over the watercolor.  It didn’t stamp evenly on the textured cardstock, but I like the vintage look.  I heat embossed sentiments onto black mats and added the watercolor panels with foam tape.  I made 3 of each of these.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

And this is the final design.  There’s a bookmark that is tucked into the front of the card, and it can be removed and used by the recipient.  As an avid reader myself, I love this card, and I’m working on a tutorial to share with you soon.

Update:  I gave my mom her box on her first day back at work.  I’m pretty sure she liked it, because she actually squealed!

I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial – see you then!

 

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Watercolor Markers

January 10, 2018

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  I’m working on a birthday card for my son, who’s a pizza lover.  He’d probably eat nothing else if I let him!  So when I saw this Favorite Puperoni stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, I knew he’d love it.  I’m using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens today, but Tombow and Distress Ink also have watercolor markers that will work.

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens work best on Bristol cardstock, so that’s what I’m using today. This panel is 6″ x 4 1/2″. I stamped my puppy in Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  You could also use black embossing powder, but I already have clear, and it doesn’t leave stray black dots anywhere.  Win-win!

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

These markers are easy to work with, and there’s a wide range of colors.  I have a pack of 48, and that’s more than enough.  One of their best qualities is how they blend, so you need to layer your colors.  I colored the image, using markers and a waterbrush.  Then I went over it again with different colors.  I added more color around the areas that would be in shadow, like around his neck.  Here the colors I used:

Dog: Mustard (67) and Dark Brown (62)

Pizza Sauce: Scarlet Red (23) and Wine Red (24)

Pepperoni: Wine Red (24) and Dark Brown (62)

Pizza Crust: Oatmeal (64) and Beige (72)

Ears: Dark Brown (62) and Pink (25)

Paws: Black (10)

 

I love the close up of that little face!  But the image looks like it’s floating, so we need to ground it.

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

I used my t-ruler to draw a straight line on either side of the image using the black marker.  And if you don’t have a t-ruler, you need one.  They’re great for lining up sentiments, drawing straight lines, and keeping your card square.   Combined with a pencil and scissors, they even take the place of a paper trimmer.

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

I used my waterbrush to bring the black line down and make a shadow under the image.  But the line bled upward, making the line fuzzy.  So I went over the line again with a waterproof marker.  Simple fix!

Watercolor Markers - Colorful Encouragement

I die cut the panel with Postage Stamp Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Finally I stamped the sentiment and attached my panel to the card base with tape runner.  You could use foam tape instead, to add dimension.  And I skipped the sequins this time, but they would be really cute, too.

Do you need birthday cards?  Check out my birthday card board on Pinterest for ideas.  While you’re there, check out my other boards, and let me know in the comments if I can make any improvements.  I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Stamp Of Approval Box – Love Is In The Air

January 4, 2018

Welcome back, everyone!  I’ve been taking some much needed time with my family, but I’m here with an announcement:  The newest Stamp Of Approval box from Catherine Pooler is about to hit the shelves, and there’s even a chance to win your own box for free!  Go to Catherine’s blog for sneak peeks of everything inside, and check out the wonderful cards that she’s made.  Then tomorrow start 3 days of blog hops to see how the rest of Catherine’s team used the products for even more ideas!  And next week is when the SOA box is available for purchase.  But if you want to make sure you get one, you’d better get on the wait list.  Even better, join StampNation!  Members get the link to purchase the night before, along with a pajama party with Catherine and the rest of the team.  Hope you’ll check out all the fun, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Last Minute Cards With Background Stamps

December 19, 2017

Last Minute Cards With Background Stamps - Colorful Encouragement

We’re getting down to the wire, Christmas is less than one week away!  Do you still need Christmas cards?  Maybe you received a card, and now you want to make one for them.  Or maybe you’ve recently had someone move to the neighborhood, and you want to welcome them.  Background stamps just made your job a lot easier!

For all of the cards I made today, I used the Plaid Background stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs.  But any background stamp would work.  You can use the stamp as the focal point, the background, or a layer of pattern.  I’ll show you all three today.

Last Minute Cards With Background Stamps - Colorful Encouragement

I inked up the top corner of my stamp with Grass Skirt ink by Catherine Pooler, and used a paper towel to dab the edges for a soft transition to the next color.  A stamp positioner like the MISTI is crucial for this, because you need to stamp in the same place several times.  Next I added All That Jazz, followed by Fiesta Blue and Something Borrowed.  I die cut the panel with Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp, and attached it to my white cards base with tape runner.  To keep the focus on the background, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock, and added it to the card with foam tape.  The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh, and I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue them to the card for a little shine.

Last Minute Cards With Background Stamps - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, I heat embossed the background in silver, and die cut it with Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I used the Mini Aspen Trees stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to stencil a few trees on a scrap of white cardstock.  While the ink dried, I die cut the Small Madison Window, Friendly Kitties, and Cheery Cardinals from Memory Box. I added foam tape to the back of the window, and attached my tree panel.  Next I glued the cardinals and cat in place, and attached the window to my card with tape runner.  The sentiment comes from the Good Things stamp set by Catherine Pooler, and I stamped it in Candied Apple Distress Ink.  I added the sentiment to the card with foam tape.

Last Minute Cards With Background Stamps - Colorful Encouragement

For my final card, I inked the stamp with Candied Apple Distress ink, and misted with water before stamping.  It makes the color uneven, and gives a less formal look.  I die cut the stamped panel and a smaller white panel using Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Next I stamped my image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white.  I’m using Tiny Nativity With Animals by Northwoods Rubber Stamps.  I die cut the image using a square stitched die from my stash, add added glue and silver glitter to the star.  While the glue dried, I added a sentiment to my white panel using the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Last, I attached all my layers to the card base with tape runner.  I added the manger layer with foam tape.

All of these cards are simple to make, and can go through the mail easily.  If you’re done with your Christmas cards, change up the sentiments and make thank you cards!   And if you need more ideas for background stamps, see my posts here and here.  I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Gift Card Holder

December 14, 2017

Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, welcome back!  I’ve got a fun way to give gift cards, and an easy tutorial for you.  If you need a last minute gift, a gift card may be a great option.  My hubby loves going out to eat while he’s at work, so I give him gift cards every Christmas.  But I don’t want to just hand him a gift card, I want to make it special!  This is also a great way to give concert tickets or gift certificates.  Personally I love to shop, so this gift is perfect for me.  (Hint, hint, hubby!)

Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement  Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement

This paper is 8″ x 5″.  I scored it at every inch, and then I grabbed one of the gift cards.  On the second line from the left, I measured 1/2″ from the top, and drew a pencil line the width of my gift card.  On the 4th line I drew a line right in the center.  And on the 6th line, my pencil mark is 1/2″ from the bottom.  Can you see the marks?  Use a paper trimmer or box cutter to cut on those lines.

My card base is cut to 8 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, and scored at 4 1/4″, and 4 1/2″. We have an extra 1/4″ in the middle to hold our gift card insert.

Note:  If you are only giving one card, cut your card base to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, and score it at 4 1/4″.  The insert will measure 4″ x 5″, and scored vertically at every inch.

Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement  Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement

I folded the paper like an accordion, and now you can see the slits a little better.  Then I turned it over, and added my adhesive.  I’m using Be Creative tape, because it’s really strong, and I want this to be durable.  I added lots of tape on the end pieces, and strips at the top and bottom of the middle ones where they will stick together.  I also added 2 more strips around the slits I cut on the score lines.  This helps the gift cards stay in place.

Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement

I flipped it back over, and added 2 more strips of adhesive.  This is optional, but I wanted to decorate my insert with curling ribbon.  I added a strip to either side, and folded the extra behind for a finished look.

Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement

We’re ready to add the insert to the card.  Remove all the release paper on the Be Creative tape, and press all the folds together.  Then press the tabs at either end to the card, centering it between the score lines on the card base. Now we can decorate the front.

Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement

I die cut a piece of green cardstock with Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I used a embossing folder from Darice to add the snowflakes for interest.  I added more curling ribbon with Be Creative tape, and folded the extra behind the panel. I attached the panel to the card with tape runner.

The stamp set I’m using is called Tag You’re It by CAS-ual Fridays.  Gotta love sassy stamp sets!  I stamped it with Pine Needles Distress Ink, and die cut it with Stitched Traditional Tag STAX by My Favorite Things.  That die set is retired, but there are lots of other companies with something similar.  I love that the stitched detail in the panel is repeated in the tag.

Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement  Gift Card Holder - Colorful Encouragement

I attached the tag to the card with foam tape, and curled some ribbon for more dimension.  The ribbon would flatten in the mail, so you might need to add a ribbon bow like I did here, or add a sticker instead.  All of the gift cards are displayed when you open the card, and they don’t fall out!

This card is also great for a birthday.  How about clothing gift cards, manicure gift certificate, and gift card for your favorite restaurant?  You can give a whole day of fun!  Who do you know who would love this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

 

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