Easy Notecards are Sublime!!

IMG_7204     Do you remember how much fun it was to color as a kid?  Adult coloring books are now the rage – promising to lower blood pressure and stress and bring hours of joy!

I never would have dreamed that watercoloring is just as easy as coloring used to be!  When I needed a set of notecards for a gift, I just couldn’t resist this sweet stamp set – You’re Sublime!  It includes 5 images with catchy greetings for brightening anyone’s day!   I used Stampin’ Up’s aqua painters (small and large watercolor brushes) to color each image.  Then I added  a few accents (grass, sand, bubbles) with a fine tip black marker to finish the look. Using the aqua painters is as easy as coloring.  You get a professional look with very little practice.

IMG_7214     I stacked  the 5 cards and envelopes together then wrapped them in a belly band.   A ribbon and tag added the final touches to the perfect gift.  I liked them so much I had to make a set for myself!  Now the problem is I don’t want to give them away!  Guess I’ll be making more!

To make the belly band, start with a 3″ x 11″ rectangle of green polka dots designer series paper.  Adhere a 1 1/2″ x 11″ coordinating yellow patterned rectangle on top of the green one in the center.  Score the band on the long side at at 3 1/2″ and 3 3/4″ and 8″ and 8 1/4″.  Wrap the band around the stacked notecards and envelopes.  Overlap and adhere the ends of the band to each other with Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape adhesive.  Wrap the band with ribbon  and tie in a knot on the front.  Then tie a multi-loop bow around the ribbon on the top.

Finish the band with a sweet sentiment tag.  I used a 1 1/2″ punched circle in Tangerine Tango cardstock with a stamped 1 1/4″ Whisper White circle on top.  The sentiment is from Tin of Cards Stamp Set and the swirly circle stamp was from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  Punch a hole in the sentiment tag and attach it to the ribbon with Baker’s twine.

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The cards are made from a half sheet of cardstock and measure 4 1/4″  x 5 1/2″ on the front.  Stamp the image with black Staz-On ink for the best result.  It won’t smear or bleed when you use water color on it.  Use the smallest aqua painter brush. While your chosen ink pad is closed, squeeze the top so that ink is deposited on the inside of the plastic lid.  Open the lid and use the lid ink to dip your brush and “color” your image.  I liked the look of adding some ground cover underneath the image.  When dry, add a few dots for sand or sprigs of grass with a permanent black fine tip marker.  You could also stamp 2 of the same image and cut out a few parts to pop up on the card.  You could pop up the heart on the camper, the eyes on the frog or the crab, a few flowers on the cart, windows on the submarine, etc.  You could also color images with markers or blender pens if you prefer.

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Don’t forget to line your envelope for that added pizzazz!  The envelope framelit die cuts the perfect liner to fit this medium sized envelope.   If you need any products just click the link below on the product or shop in my online store here.

I hope you think these notecards are sublime and will give watercoloring a chance.  You’re going to love it!

You’re Sublime Stamp Set  #139309 Clear-mount  $19         (#138732 Wood-mount $27)
You're Sublime Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Aqua Painters  #103954  $17

Aqua Painters

Designer Series Paper Stack – Brights   #138434  $22

Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Classic Stampin’ Pads – Brights  131192  $54         Individual Ink Pads available for $6.50

Brights Classic Stampin' Pads

Whisper White Cardstock  #100730  $9

Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock

Medium Envelopes – Whisper White  #107301  $6.50

Whisper White Medium Envelopes

Jet Black Staz-On Ink Pad    #101406   $9

Jet Black StazOn Pad

Enjoy this Sublime Notecard Project!!!

Email me at lynda@crafterinspired.com if you have any questions or need help!

 

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