Cards for Any Occasion

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I make my newsletters as special as possible. They always include projects (along with step-by-step instructions) that I don’t share anywhere else in cyberspace. I often also include 3-d projects, too. My card below is an example of a card that I’ll be sharing when my next newsletter goes out. (Shhh. I’m not sharing anything else so the projects will be a surprise.)

Click here for the step-by-step instruction sheet on how to make this card.

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

Watercoloring

This card has a bit of watercoloring in the background. It’s simple watercoloring and hard to “mess up.” However, if you’d like to see a detailed video on how to watercolor, watch the video below. It’ll show you soup-to-nuts from picking the right paper to how to combine embossing with watercoloring.

Don’t be intimidated, though. To make the effect, I used Shimmery White cardstock (my go-to for watercoloring). I didn’t do anything fancy. I just squeezed a little water over the center of the card with my Aqua Painter. I then brushed some Calypso Coral ink over the water. That’s it. I let it dry while I made the rest of the card.

Banners

When playing with the free Any Occasions stamp set, I found that it worked best to make several banner images that intertwined. Otherwise, the card looked a bit bare. (I love trying things out and making the mistakes so you don’t have to! LOL.)

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

I used the second largest stitched framelit circle and with Smoky Slate, I made a few banner lines that intersected on top, and one that was a bit below (for my sentiment). I love the way it looks with the banners intersecting! It adds color and interest and is fun.

Color

Since there was already watercoloring on the card, I wanted to keep it simple, so I made the card using almost all one color. This also made stamping the little banner pieces much easier since I didn’t need to worry about cleaning anything or figuring out which went where. I’m big into “keep it simple!” The monotone looks really neat with the watercoloring, and I was thrilled with how nicely it turned out.

Supplies

All the supplies for making this card are listed with the instructions here.

Looking forward to chatting with you in my next newsletter. Till then, happy stamping.
Love, Rina

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