All things grow with love – wedding card

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Today I have for you a wedding card – quite simple and perhaps not very wedding-y (no white lace!) but here it is.

I used a canvas cardstock as a card base as it adds a nice texture. I created the background with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours. This was the first time I used them and I fell in love. They’re so smooth and creamy and working with them was a pleasure even for such an amateur as myself.

I added some paint splotches to the card and then stamped the floral motive on a dried background with three shades of ink. I added sentiment and heat embossed it in silver. Then I embellished the card with some mini pearls and sequins.

Thanks for looking!

Handmade wedding card using stamping and watrcolours

Handmade wedding card using watercolour, stamping and heat embossing

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Christmas cards 2015

Hey! Long time no see!

I just finished making Christmas cards for an upcoming holiday. Better late than never, huh? So this years’ cards aren’t exactly super fast to make as they require couple of steps in preparation; if you however prepare all elements in batches the work goes quite fast.

As you see, all my cards feature an origami star. While it takes time to fold them I found the process amazingly calming and satisfying and, in the end, that is what papercraft is all about, right? So I was happily folding away my stars while watching TV but couldn’t decide on a background for them so I have couple of different ones there: patterned paper, distress ink circle, distress ink rectangle and watercolour. In the end I settled on watercolour because, again, I enjoyed doing that the most and I liked the the look too. So majority of my cards have watercolour background but I’m showing you here all kinds I attempted.

My process was as follows:

1. Fold the stars. I followed this tutorial. Super easy.

2. Paint rectangle-ish shape on a card base with watercolours and let it dry.

3. Add splotches of white pearlescent paint to the background (and let it dry).

4. Stamp the sentiment on stripes of paper. I distressed edges on some of them but in the end I preferred the simple look so I just left them white.

5. Attach a star to the card base, embellish with glitter glue / dry clear rock candy glitter / clear Wink of Stella pen. Here also I liked the simplest effect the most and I end up using Wink of Stella on most of the stars. Add pearl / brad /rhinestone to the centre. Add sequins to the background.

6. Attach sentiment with on 3-D mount.

Voila!

Handmade Christmas card with distress ink background and origami star

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress in background 2

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and patterned paper

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and patterned paper

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress ink background 4

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress ink background 3

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and watercolour background 3

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and watercolour background 2

And here are all of them:

Handmade Christmas cards with origami star and watercolour background 2

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Bicycle birthday card

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Today I present you a card I made for a friend who is an avid cyclist. I created simple watercolour background, stamped a bicycle and added sentiment using Lawn Fawn’s Milo Alphabet stamp set, piece of washi tape and a white gel pen. Be careful when sticking washi tape on watercolour paper or other porous surface; I adhered it with some extra glue because it was peeling off easily. I embelished the card with some sequins and wood veneer stars and adhered it to a card base with a piece of patterned paper for background. Enjoy!

Handmade bicycle birthday card using watercolours

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Mother’s Day cards

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Sorry I am such a terrible blogger lately. The excuse is always the same: the lack of time. And even though I managed to send my Mother’s Day cards on time, I haven’t had time to post them – so here they are today. Better late than never, right?

I made two very similar cards. The difference between the two is that I used regular watercolours on the first and metallic on the second card. Oh, and I cut out flowers on the first card but just left them on the sheet of watercolour paper on the second. Sentiment says ‘On Mother’s Day’ in polish.

Handmade Mother's Day card using watercolour and stamped flowers.

Handmade Mother's Day card using watercolour and stamped flowers 2

 

Handmade Mother's Day card using watercolour and stamped flowers 3

Handmade Mother's Day card using watercolour and stamped flowers 4

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Two watercolour birthday cards for kids

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The cards I show you today were made for my friend’s children. The quality of the photos is not the best as I remembered to take them just before we left for the birthday party and had to use my smartphone…

Anyways, I am recently trying various water-colouring techniques with more or less success and here is the result.

To stamp the little critters I used on of my favourite stamps sets – Hero Art’s Happy Day Animals. The sentiment was stamped with Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABC’s set and balloons were hand-cut and cover with clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.

Handmade watercolour birthday card for kids with bunny and balloon

Handmade watercolour birthday card for kids with bunny and balloon - closeup

Handmade watercolour birthday card for kids with bear and balloon

Handmade watercolour birthday card for kids with bear and balloon - closeup

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You’re first class

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Today’s card was made for my very good friend who is sadly leaving our company (another one of those, I know). I needed to make a card that would show how awesome colleague he was but also a card that would be more personal, not just one from my stash.

He likes to travel so I thought an airplane would be a cool theme for a card. I used scraps of paper from Crate Paper’s DIY Shop collection that included a piece of geological map of Italy (his home country) and wood veneer airplane from Studio Calico. I used some enamel dots, sequins, washi tape and wood veneer stars for decoration.

You're first class - Handmade card with wood veneer airplane and a map

You're first class - Handmade card with wood veneer airplane and a map 2

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