Step by Step: Many Thanks

Hello there my crafty friends! I hope you all are having a nice start to your week. The card I chose for this week’s Step by Step is part of a much larger batch that will become a wedding gift, 16 cards in total. This card is pretty quick to make, the longest thing is waiting for the paint to dry. Keep on reading to see!

For my paper I used Strathmore pre-cut watercolor paper in Hot Press form. I prefer hot press to cold press because it is so much smoother. For my watercolors I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor palette (36 pan form) that I get from Jetpens.com. I use a clipboard as my hard surface and I tape the sheet down with 1″ blue tape that I got from Amazon. I like using the Gansai Tambi watercolors for this technique because not only are they crazy pigmented but they are also creamy making them easier to work with.

I used two brushes by Royal and Langnickel paint brushes in 3/4″ and 1/2″ form. I took the larger of the two and did a first coat of water across the whole paper. I then took my smaller brush and started dipping into colors and randomly placing them on the paper. I kept the clipboard tilted so the colors would run and blend together. You have to keep adding water to the white areas because they dry out. The colors I used in the palette for the background are: No. 32, No. 33, No.40, and No. 43. There aren’t names in english but they do have numbers which is helpful when you have to replace them.

I then took my smaller brush and did some splattering. I used the gold color (No. 51) which you can see above. Don’t worry, it didn’t dry that dark. I then mixed the pearl color (No. 95) in the palette with a Reeves white watercolor that comes in a tube. If I were just to use the pearl color, you wouldn’t see it at all. The white watercolor gave a bit of a backing to it.

Next I took my My Favorite Things ‘Thanks’ die and made two cuts. One in gold miri cardstock and one in matte black cardstock. I wanted there to be a shadow behind the gold because you would have a hard time seeing the gold thanks on it’s own because of the background color. Luckily the letters are fairly large so I didn’t have too much trouble handling them and glueing them together.

Once I got them all cut out, I used my favorite liquid glue- Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I used this to adhere the shadow to the gold letters. I tried to make sure the shadow showed on the left with each letter to make it look as uniform as possible. As I finished each letter, I put them under my largest acrylic block to make sure they dried properly. This helps the letters, and anything really, dry flat and not curl up.

Next I cut my piece down to a normal A2 size, 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. This make sure that the whole white outline gets cut off and then you cut it down a bit more and viola! You’ve got a nice front for your card! To attach the painted piece to my card, I used 1/4″ Scor Tape that I get from Amazon . I get the three Scor Tape sizes I use (1/8″, 1/4″, and 1/2″) I get in bulk from Amazon because I go through them like water. I also used my Ranger Multi Medium Matte to attach the letters to the card. I took my T Ruler and drew a straight line across so my letters would be straight and even.

Once I had the die cut down, I took a sentiment from my Sizzix ‘Thanks’ stamp set and stamped a sentiment just below the big ‘Thanks’. Then on the inside I stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. As you can see, that’s probably my most used ‘thank you’ sentiment.

Here is the final product! I was just flying by the seat of my pants while making this but I am so happy with how it turned out! The face lined up perfectly with the card which I feel like never happens to me. What have you created recently? I would love to hear, be sure to let me know! XO

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