These are indeed some crazy times in the world and I’ve caught myself thinking how I never thought I’d see something like this in my lifetime. I’m so spoiled right?! I was born in a time where I didn’t see the things my mom and my grandma saw and lived through. I learned about those horrific times in text books that are now on video. It’s amazing to me how the world was able to move on and keep going after enduring so many heartaches. It makes me realize how precious life is and even more so how precious joy is. I need to be more sensitive to the things God has graciously given me and be thankful. Things change so quickly. Many people are scared, depressed and maybe even angry. I believe that, now more than ever, we can’t lose our hope.
In the cardmaking world, everyone is working hard to bring an array of encouragement through making and sending cards, uploading YT videos and live chats to combat the social distancing. This brings me to my new collection I call, “Rainbow Smiles“. I wanted to create some cards with bright colors and uplifting sentiments. The reason behind the rainbow is twofold: (1) It’s God’s promise that He would never destroy the earth by water again after the flood and; (2) rainbows are cheerful, bright colors which always makes me smile when I see them. So I went with four of those colors for my collection and I so enjoyed creating them! It’s a blessing to make cards and it’s truly a blessing to be doing something I love as a business.
In my crafty stash, I chose Catherine Pooler’s Party collection ink bundle because these colors are so bright and cheery! I broke out some other supplies like a stencil (sorry I don’t even remember where I got this from) but any stencil work for this technique. I had my water bottle nearby as well as my spritzer which has a mixture of water and perfect pearls, blending brush and watercolor paper. I’ll have a full list of supplies at the end of this post.
I did was do some ink blending and chose to make variations of my rainbows, so you’ll see that I did some horizontal, diagonal and even out from the center. Some of the other variations I did was ink smooshing on a clear block. I put down some ink on the block, sprayed it with water and placed the block on top of my paper (I pressed the block to get the colors moving) and I left it there for awhile before picking up the block. This way it gives the paper time to absorb the colors and you get a pretty watercolor backlash.
On the other backgrounds where I did ink blending, I placed a stencil over my paper and sprayed with my spritzer and pressed the stencil to allow the design to show up on the paper, then I removed the stencil and let paper dry. After it had dried, I added water droplets, waited a few more seconds and dabbed it with a dry cloth which left these pretty droplets all over the cardstock. Just beautiful!
You can see traces of my stencil showing through the watercoloring in the card above and below.
I didn’t use a heat tool for drying, I just let the cards air dry after I was done with the watercoloring. And, let me share another tip. The watercolor cardstock curled up but I straightened it by inserting my cardstock between a folded sheet of copy paper and running it through my laminator! It straightened all my card panels right up! Have to give props to Jennifer McGuire cause I learned this tip from her!
After my card panels had completely dried, I glued them to my Neenah card bases and decided to use two different sentiment designs. I die cut the “Smile” by Pink Fresh Studio from one of my watercolor backgrounds. For the “Thank you” cards, I heat embossed those from the Waffle Flower stamp set. Then I looked through my sentiment strips for just the right messages. I bought these from Simon Says Stamp and they save me so much time from having to stamp a sentiment and possibly messing up my card!
I used some foam squares for the sentiments and used scrap cardstock under my panels for dimension. I’m trying desperately to save my double sided foam tape cause it is just so expensive!
For the final touch, I added some clear iridescent gems on each card but I didn’t go crazy cause I wanted the rainbow backgrounds to be the focal point. I found some matching envelopes and this collection was born!
It was so therapeutic to me to make these cards, I had so much fun just inking and watching the designs dry, heat embossing, die cutting the letters, adding the gems and stenciling. It was just what I needed to make me smile. These cards are in the Shop now here and here.
I pray that you’re staying healthy and safe and doing something creative! Creating with paper is such a “pick me up” craft and I hope you’ll try it! As Spock would say, “Live Long and Prosper“!
List of Supplies:
Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim
- Artistico Watercolour Paper – https://amzn.to/3dyqTGi
- Catherine Pooler “Party Collection” Ink Bundle – https://bit.ly/2UNq4kx
- Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brushes – https://amzn.to/2WOEUJU
- Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips – https://bit.ly/344dPnX
- Waffle Flower, Oversized “Thank You” stamp set – https://bit.ly/3bAkCYY
- Pink Fresh “Smile” Die – https://bit.ly/2WXx8hb
- Versamark Embossing Ink – https://amzn.to/2UtZePv
- Static Bag – https://amzn.to/3aqePEZ
- Wagner Heat Gun – (newer model) https://amzn.to/2vVq6y8
- Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Cardstock – https://amzn.to/2yxWEfs
- Misti Stamping Tool – https://amzn.to/2ZvDQcD
- Teflon bone folder – https://amzn.to/2VcfC8
- Martha Stewart Scoring Board (not available on Amazon) – EK Tools has a similar one – https://amzn.to/2jJeEj8
- Simon Says Stamp Crafty Tacky Glue
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer – Simon Says Stamp – https://bit.ly/2Jb0L7V
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat – https://amzn.to/2lawwDO
- Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Gems – https://bit.ly/3dBWlDB
- Stencils (sorry I don’t remember where I got mine from) but any stencil will do
- Microfiber Towels Pack – https://amzn.to/2UKDyND
- Baby wipes – https://amzn.to/3dvx3qC
- Foam Squares – https://amzn.to/3aqZXqb
- Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder – https://amzn.to/3bw4Q19
- Tim Holtz Water Spritzer – https://amzn.to/2xv1Int
- Square clear blocks for stamping (I use my large square block specifically for ink smooshing) – https://amzn.to/2xzTM4d
- Royal Sovereign 9″ Laminator – https://amzn.to/2Jlxrdv