Happy Friday, stampers! Continuing where I left off yesterday, today’s “three days of thanks” is another how-to. I wanted to share another of the cards I made for my interview. If you haven’t read Wednesday’s post on Handwritten Thank You Cards and Why You Should Send Them, I recommend that you check it out! This time we’ll be learning how to make this Simply Sketched Watercolor Thank You Card!
Isn’t this sweet? This Simply Sketched watercolor thank you card is really easy to make and features the both watercoloring and sanding techniques! I just love the texture on this card. It’s also great for a beginner but requires a couple more tools to make than yesterday’s card.
The layout for the Simply Sketched watercolor thank you card requires three cut rectangles and a cardstock base! Easy peasy. I’ve added some ribbon here on the edges of the background layer to give it a little something extra but if you don’t have ribbon you could add another layer of paper to matte the pattern. Ready to recreate this card?
Cut List for Simply Sketched Watercolor Thank You Card
- One 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ sheet of Whisper White, scored at 4 1/4″
- One strip of Fresh Prints designer paper cut to 2″ x 4 1/4″
- One square of Coastal Cabana Core’dinations cut to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
- One square of Whisper White cardstock cut to 3″ x 3″
- Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set
- Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad
- Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
- Whisper White Cardstock
- Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack
- 2013-2015 Core’dinations Cardstock
- Stampin’ Sanding Block
- Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (View the Sale-A-Bration brochure)
- Big Shot (or Texture Boutique)
- Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon
- Aqua Painter
- Sponge Daubers
- SNAIL Adhesive
- Stampin’ Dimensionals
I started this card by stamping the bird onto the smooth side of the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic sheet. If you’ve never used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, the basic idea behind it is that it’s like a T-Square that you use to line up your stamp. First you line a plastic see-through sheet up against the square. Then you press the stamp, which is also aligned with the square, down onto the plastic sheet. This will allow you to recreate the positioning exactly where you need it.
I positioned the sheet over the white cardstock to figure out where roughly the bird would sit. Without stamping onto the white cardstock, I used an aqua painter in Coastal Cabana ink to add the blue spot to the card roughly where the bird would sit. I let the card dry for a few minutes (you could use the heat tool to speed this step up) and used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line the bird up with the colored background. I stamped the bird in place using Coastal Cabana ink. I then stamped the sentiment on another corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig clear sheet and aligned it where I wanted it. I stamped this in Crumb Cake. After this, I added Crumb Cake ink around the outer edge of the stamped piece using the sponge daubers. If you’ve never used a sponge dauber, you stick it on your finger, press it into the ink and then flick it on the edge of the cardstock. Tip: You can also achieve the same effect with a normal sponge but you might get a varied look due to the different material. The larger the pores in the sponge, the less control you will have over where the ink sits.
Next, stick the sheet of Core’dinaiton paper into the embossing folder and crank it through the Big Shot or Texture Boutique–these machines are similar to the Cuttlebug and will add some texture to your paper. Pay careful attention to how you put the Core’dinations in the embossing folders! You want the dots to be popped out on the top side so you can sand them down. Once you have your embossed piece, use the Stampin’ Sander to sand down the dots and let a hint of lighter color peek through. This is just like using a small sanding block but you don’t need to press very hard.
Assembly is a breeze. Start with the 2″ strip of designer paper and adhere it in place using SNAIL. Add the ribbons to each edge also using SNAIL. I find it’s easier to apply the SNAIL directly to the ribbon than applying the SNAIL to the paper.
Next, apply the white sheet to the Core’dinations piece using SNAIL. You can offset the pieces to give it a more dramatic look, like the way I did it above; or you can use a standard matting technique like what’s pictured below. After that, add your matted sentiment to the base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Done!
This layout is great for any occasion and it’s super quick to put together–perfect for a beginner! I’ll leave you with another version of this card that I made for a birthday. See you tomorrow!