CARD CRAFT: A Watercolor Resist Holiday Card

When I was a little girl, I thought it was the most magical thing. You can draw with an invisible (white!) crayon, and when you paint over it, your secret message appears! What fun for a little kiddo, and still fun for adults. Here’s a holiday greeting card that utilizes that same watercolor resist technique. It might not be as mysterious, but it’s now a great on-trend card to give to friends this season!

  • watercolors
  • paint brush
  • watercolor paper
  • blank white card (I used 4.25″ x 5.5″)
  • sentiment template (download mine here)
  • waxy white pencil, or white crayon
  • spray mount
  • steel ruler
  • Xacto blade
  • optional- tape

1 – Hold the printed sentiment (download mine here) onto a window or tracing table and lay the watercolor paper overtop. It’s nice to use tape here so that neither paper moves while you work. Now using your white crayon or waxy pencil, trace the outlines of the letters you’ve printed.

2 – Mix together two colors (pink and red or blue and green work great for a holiday card) of watercolor paint together, and paint over the sentiment. You will see your message begin to appear. I varied the color mixture as I went across the words. I didn’t need to blot my message after painting, since the paint really resisted that whole area. But you might want to blot yours to remove extra paint that sits on the words- just make sure the paper is just about dry before you do it.

3 – Lay your white card overtop the dried watercolor paper you just worked on, trying to center it with your sentiment. Now trim around it, leaving about a half inch around the edges.

4 – Now spray the back of your watercolor paper with spray mount and lay the card over top of it, being careful to keep the card center and the right sides up. Smooth out the two joined pieces with your thumb.

5 – Lastly, trim around the card so the watercolor paper’s edge is the same as the card’s edge. Since you are laying the ruler on a sticky surface (the sprayed watercolor paper), you should back the ruler with scraps from the time you trimmed before.

That’s all, folks! It’s a super simple crafts adults and kids alike can enjoy. You can also use this same technique to make your own framable art for your walls. You can stick with the typography theme here, or create a fun pattern with your white crayon. So many possibilities!

CARD CRAFT : Gender Reveal Announcements

Gender Reveal Cards

Since this little girl growing inside of me is going to be our first child, we wanted to milk the excitement for all its worth! Initially, I had planned on throwing an intimate party for close family and a few friends to announce our baby’s gender, since everyone else seemed as excited as we were to find out. After being sick for almost a month, and still having lots of work to catch up on in our lawn maintenance, Phil and I decided it would still be special and fun to just send out cards, in lieu of a party.

I got a few phone calls last week from family and friends letting us know how excited they were to get the card, and how fun it was discovering our baby’s gender from an interactive card. Since I took the time to hand illustrate and create these cards for just one baby, I thought I would share the digital template and instructions with you, in case you have special baby news to share with your family too! (P.S. If you didn’t catch our “gender reveal” video, you can see it here!)

Gender Reveal Cards Gender Reveal Cards

First, I chose cardstock for the front of the card, and a coordinating cardstock for the inside. Since the cardstock was not already 8.5 by 11 inches, I had to trim the sheets down to print out the digital image for the cover and inside. After they were all printed, I trimmed the front and inside down with a paper cutter, I cut out the arrows with scissors, and then using a utility blade (my Xacto wasn’t handy), I cut out skinny little slits for the arrows to slide into.

Next, I slipped the arrows into the inside portion of the card, flipped it over, and used a glue stick everywhere except where the arrow sat. Then, I stuck down the inside to the inside of the folded cover, making sure the arrow stayed straight and out of the glued area.

Gender Reveal Cards Gender Reveal Cards

That’s all there is to it! I sized my cards to fit inside small envelopes that I had left over from our wedding Thank You cards. (The cards are around 3.5 x 5 inches in size.) If you want to print your own, I thought I would offer the digital download to you for both girl and boy announcement options!

click to download: girl card outside and arrow inserts
click to download: boy card outside and arrow inserts
click to download: card inside

SIMPLE CRAFT | Thank You Card

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We’ve had plenty of friends popping in and out of our house helping with moving heavy furniture, painting, doing yardwork, and even dropping off some fresh fruit! Moving house was the hard part- making thank you cards for everyone who has blessed us? That’s the fun part! Here’s a simple card I whipped up today to send out to Phil’s grandparents.

S U P P L I E S :

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Neon cardstock
  • Greeting card envelope
  • Pencil
  • Black gel pen
  • Sharp blade
  • Sewing machine (or sewing needle)
  • Black thread

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S T E P   O N E :  Using the size of your envelope as a guide, cut out a piece of kraft cardstock to be slightly smaller than the envelope (when cardstock is folded).

S T E P   T W O :  With a pencil, draw the shape you want to hold the card’s main message. Shapes like circles, hearts, triangles, and flowers work well. Then, use a sharp blade to cut around the pencil lines to remove the shape.

S T E P   T H R E E :  Cut your neon cardstock tp be slightly smaller than the kraft portion of the card. Fold it in the inside of the kraft cardstock, then stitch along the fold to keep the two pieces together.

S T E P   F O U R :  With a pencil, mark the beginning and end of where you want your message to go. Short sentiments like “thank you,” “get well,” “thinking of you,” and “congratulations,” easily fit into the shape, without getting crowded. Flip up the cover of the card, and write you message, beginning outside of your shape, and ending outside of the shape.

S T E P   F I V E :  Stitch the front piece of kraft cardstock to the front piece of neon carstock. I kept mine simple with just one line of stitching. Pull the threads through to the inside, knot them, and trim. At this point, your binding threads should also be knotted and trimmed.

Now all you have to do is write your message on the inside of the card, and send with love! Off to the mailbox I go.

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Envelopes.

Hamblycard

They’re an often overlooked aspect of card making… why oh why? I’m not much of a card maker, to be sure. But the cards I gravitate towards are simple in design. So when I’m finished with a card, I usually feel like… now what? That’s it?! Until my little cousin, Rachel, told me about how she makes her own envelopes. Genius! This is something I’m sure is not new to you wise readers, but oh wow, it’s like a whole new world I’ve discovered! :)

For any of you who have never used any Hambly products, you just don’t know how exquisite the paper is until you hold it in your hand. So silky and scrumptious! Perfect for upping the ante in card giving.

Kara!

And speaking of giving… my lovely friend Kara sent me a gift in the mail this week. Totally brightened up this dismal time of due dates and final exams. Not just lovely art and goodies, but a gift card to my fave! Urban Outfitters. She’s the sweetest. And whenever she sends me something in the mail, she addresses the package to “Mandi Pants.” So now and forever, Phil calls me Mandi pants.

Fun with Hambly

Bonjour card

…and let’s not forget Kraft and Mr. Woodgrain Dymo.
Hambly does not ask me to tout their products…. but people, I just can’t help it. I seriously hardly use any other product these days. And I think it’s so easy to come up with designs using their screen printed papers, overlays, stickers, and rubons.

Making cards is pretty much the easiest.

And while I had my scissors and glue (who am I kidding? We all know it’s Xacto knife and rubber cement! Sorry, scissors and glue…), I decided to make two! (Two quickly led to three… but more on that another day.)

Hello there

I don’t need a photo or a reason to make a card. But I like to have a stock pile of them, because we all know that when we’re running late to a party, the last thing you have time to do is make a card.

So this card making thing is sort of turning into a new hobby….

Life’s unexpected pleasures. :)

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