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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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 are awesome / You’re a star

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I seem to make an awful lot of goodbye cards recently. Not all of them make it to the blog cause I keep forgetting to take a photo of them, but today I want to show you two cards made for my  work colleagues who recently finished their contracts and left the company.

For the first card I used a piece of navy patterned paper which I darkened on the edges. I used Adirondack’s metallic paint in pearl to create the splotches. I added any star-resembling embellishments I could think of: sequins, pearls, rhinestones, wood veneer and silver embossed stars. I love the effect!

You're a star - starry night handmade card

You're a star - starry night handmade card

You're a star - starry night handmade card

For the second card I created a watercolour background using Distress Markers on watercolour paper. I stamped the bicycle, covered the frame with Glossy Accents and added a couple of sequins for some shine.

You're awesome - handmade card with watercolour background.

You're awesome - handmade card with watercolour background.

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Happy new beginnings

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Today’s card was made a while ago but I didn’t have a chance to post it yet. It is a card for a friend, who recently moved to the other end of the world to start a whole new chapter in life. She took her dog with her, hence the little doggeh on the card :).

I stamped the sentiment using alphabet stamps and added some glitter on top. To create a background for the sentiment I used Distress Markers on watercolour paper. The embellishments I cut out mostly from patterned paper.

Happy new beginnings handmade card 1

Happy new beginnings handmade card 2

Happy new beginnings handmade card 3

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