Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards

Enjoy Your Day


Hi there, I hope you’re having a lovely weekend and that the sun is shining for you, wherever you are!

I met a new crafty friend, PaperHeartScissors, a couple of weeks ago through Instagram and we happen to live only a few miles from each other.  We got together and each picked a stamp set for the other to use to make a card.  She picked the Avery Elle Beside the Sea stamp and die set which is the star of today’s card.

I started with a piece of Legion Stonehenge Aqua Hot Press paper, trimmed to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and a smaller scrap piece of the same paper.  I stamped the images onto the scrap piece using watercolor-friendly Versafine Black Onyx ink and then used a small 4 round brush to watercolor the images with Mijello Mission Gold watercolors.  I didn’t wet the paper first, so it was a wet-on-dry application of color.  I went a little heavy on the color on the top stripe of the left cabana, but I didn’t want to give up so I tried to pick up as much color as I could.  It looks different than the rest of the blue stripes, but I figure it just emphasizes the fact that the card is handmade 🙂

When I was done watercoloring the images and they were dry, I die cut them using the coordinating die set and set them aside.

For the background, I used painter’s tape to temporarily adhere the A2-sized piece of watercolor paper to my flat work surface.  I added clean clear water to the watercolor paper and then used a 12 round brush to add a very light layer of color to create the hint of sand and sky.  I used Cerulean Blue for the sky, and a mix of Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber for the sand.  I sped up the drying with a heat gun and then stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

I trimmed the background down to 4″ x 5.25″ (note: the painter’s tape pulled at the paper so next time I’ll remove some of the tape’s stick by sticking it to my arm/skin a few times), and then adhered the smaller images with liquid adhesive, flush to the background.  I popped up the cabanas with foam tape for added dimension.  Then, I adhered the card front to an cream-colored A2-size card base and that finished up today’s card.

Thanks for visiting!


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