I have a good friend that hasn’t been feeling well lately. I felt so bad for her. She such a sweet person.
I thought a pretty card might cheer her up, and it did! I got a real nice message from her yesterday that she loved it:) I think that’s the beauty of handmade cards; you’re making the effort to really let someone know you care.
The concept of this card is pretty simple. It’s a watercolored background, with overlaying die cuts and one simple strip for the sentiment. I think what makes it so pretty is the bright colors against the simple black and white.
To create the background, I used Shimmery White Paper. This paper is great for watercoloring!!! To start, I cut the watercoloring layer a little larger than I needed and used old washi tape to adhere it to my work surface so it would stay nice and flat. Then, I covered the entire paper with lots of clear water. While the paper was still very wet, I added my inks, which I had pooled inside the lids of my ink pads by giving them a good squeeze. The trick to a background like this is let the colors bleed. You don’t want to paint all the way to the water’s edge. That’s how you get the pretty fading.
After my paper dried, I trimmed it down to size.
The beautiful die cuts are from Flourish Thinlits Dies, one of my favorites in the Annual Catalog (p. 194). I cut two flourishes out of Very Vanilla cardstock, and then trimmed off a little from the bottom one. That same set includes the delicate black border die cut that I used under the sentiment.
The coordinating Flourishing Phrases stamp set (p. 49 and sold in a bundle with the above thinlits for 10% off) is loaded with all sorts of great sentiments. It’s a great stamp set to have in inventory for just the right thing to say.
Because most of this card was fairly simple, I wanted to do something really different with the embellishments. So, I added a whole row of pearls and then played around with my Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine by unraveling it and looping it around until I came up with this design. I thought it was pretty.
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