Card: Watercolor Style Bluebird
Do you ever "doodle" with watercolors? I'm not an expert at watercoloring at all, however, I do like to play with the technique in both the purest form and via watercolor stamping. Besides... they say practice makes perfect, so it never hurts to practice. But what to do with your little watercolors once you create them? I'm a big believer in passing on the happiness, so this bluebird was destined to become a card.
You can use any design you have created for this card. First I cut down the watercolor using my rectangle dies in my Cricut Cuttlebug. I also cut a coordinating color using a rectangle die one size larger than the design piece.
Cut a card base (in this case A2 sized white... 11" x 4.25" folded in half) and a piece of kraft paper cut 5.25" x 4".
I then added a sentiment to the watercolor design piece with some ink and a stamp out of my stash.
A bow was also needed, so I used my baker's twine in coordinating colors and made a bow using my pen as an anchor. It is also wise to add a drop of clear adhesive to the knot of the bow so it will survive handling and being mailed.
To add texture to the kraft paper I ran it through my Cricut Cuttlebug in an embossing folder. You can use whatever folder is your favorite... I used my CTMH dots folder for this card.
In order to add some "bling" and detail to the design I pulled out a few of my acrylic jewels to glue on to the flowers and for the bird's eye.
The inside needed a sentiment, so I added one using the same color of ink as I used on the front sentiment.
Now it's time to put it all together! I used two-sided tape adhesive to adhere the kraft paper to the card base. I also attached the watercolor design to the coordinating cardstock using the two-sided tape adhesive. Then I attached the color piece to the top of the kraft paper using foam tape adhesive to add some dimension.
All that is left is to write a personal note and mail this "bluebird of happiness" to my friend!
On a side note, I was asked about what my crafting area looks like... so here it is!
The area I sit when I craft. If I swivel my chair and look behind me, I see...
...more paper and supply storage!
It's nothing fancy, but it is my "happy place". You may notice my worktable is up against two mirrors. Originally the two mirrors on that wall were temporarily secured up there to store them so they wouldn't get broken until we could use them in a remodel project. However, once I moved into that area to craft I discovered the mirrors help my corner to feel more "open" and they reflect the light onto my work surface. Now I'm not in any hurry to move them. Sometimes things not planned work out favorably.
As usual, if you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them for me in the comment section below. I love hearing from you!
Happy Paper Crafting,