Festive Friday: Happy Happy Happy (Mail)
Festive Friday: Happy Happy Happy (Mail)
My New Year’s Resolution Is….
It’s here! That time of year that we reflect on what was and hope for what could be. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I’m not big on calling them “resolutions”, or tying them to New Year’s as I always feel like they never last. So, instead, I think throughout the year about things I want to improve, and I work them in, piece by piece as I have time, energy and willingness to do so.
For instance, I wanted to be more physically active, so I worked to increase my weekly workout frequency this year. I ended up working out 170 times this year (not including all the days I golfed), which is fantastic! But, I can do better 😀 So, that’s what I’m resolving to do in 2019!
One other goal is to send more cards! This aligns with my blogging and business changes. Instead of making tons of cards for nobody in particular, I’m making less cards, but always with someone in mind! Having a reason for the card makes it easier to design, and sometimes, quicker to make.
That’s what the new challenge at Festive Friday is all about! How many times do you save a text or an email? Probably not very often. But, when you get a letter or a card in the mail, I bet you hang on to it. So, let’s celebrate the good ‘ol fashioned art of letter writing! That basically means you can make ANY card for this challenge. When you share your design on your blog or Pinterest page, be sure to share who it’s for.
Looking for ideas – here’s a few:
- Make up some New Year’s cards to catch those folks that missed out on your Holiday cards.
- Work up your January birthday cards and get ready to send them out, on time! LOL!!
- Send a card for no reason – just to say Hi! Don’t you love good surprises from your mailbox? I know I do!
Here’s my take:
Don’t forget – we changed the challenge a bit. Instead of collecting points for prizes (which didn’t really catch on so well), the DT members will provide a tutorial post in the form of instructions and pictures, or a video. Yea! Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference! So, be sure to stop by at the other DT blogs to see their projects and instructions. Let’s get on to the Party Plan!
Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!
Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!
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Stamps: Happy, Happy, Happy (Lawn Fawn),
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 3 3/4″ x 5″ Perfectly Plaid Chill (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Blue Jay CS (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Watercolor Paper (Canson 140lb)
Inks: Watercolor Confections – Tropicals (Prima), Jet Black (Staz-on), Copics (C01, C03, Y13), Sharpie Pen (Thin Line),
Accessories: 3/8″ Crumb Cake ribbon (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: Big Shot, Stamp Positioner and/or acrylic blocks, Heffy Doodle Imperial Stitched Rectangle dies
(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)
- Score your card base at 4 1/4″.
- Diecut the plaid paper with the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die.Adhere to card base. Set aside.
- Diecut the watercolor paper with the 4th largest rectangle die.
- Draw an envelope on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I just used a ruler to make the top and bottom, then freehanded the rest of the lines. It doesn’t need to be perfect – and probably looks better that it isn’t!
- Color in the lower part of the envelope to provide some shading, I used C1 and C3 Copic Sketch markers. Then, fussy-cut the envelope.
- Apply a blue watercolor wash to the stitched rectangle watercolor piece. Air dry or heat dry.
- Add plain water spatter to the wash and pick up with a paper towel. This will leave waterspots and extra dimension.
- For the last layer, spatter on some Frost White All Purpose Ink. Air dry or heat dry. If you heat dry, be careful to not let the All Purpose Ink bubble up.
- Stamp the sentiment in Staz-on. Using a stamp positioner is a good idea so it can be stamped a few times to fill in the watercolor paper texture.
- Adhere the finished watercolor panel to the Blue Jay cardstock layer.
- Add the fussy-cut envelope to the sentiment element.
- Add a small flag of crumb cake ribbon – use mini glue dots to adhere.
- Adhere the finished panel to the card base using pop-up foam.
PS: At the last minute, I decided to stamp the little smiley face from the stamp set on the back of the envelope and color it in with a yellow (Y13) Copic. I love the way it pulls in the yellow from the patterned paper!
Now it’s your turn to link up!
Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0024 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!
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