easy watercolor flowers

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You may remember from my bridal shower questions cards post that one of the options that I almost used was to make water color flowers on each of the cards.  After trying it, I decided that it was a little bit too delicate for the question cards, but I knew that I loved the technique and how easy it was, so I decided to use it on the bridal shower card.  I was really surprsied about how easy it was to execute, and there’s pretty much no way to screw up.  (Love things like that.)

The first step is to take out your watercolors.

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Second, make a bunch of color blobs for flowers, varying how dark and light they are – some of them can even have a dark center.  The best part is the blobs don’t need to be any consistent shape – just blobby.  (I like the word blob in case you haven’t picked up on that yet.)

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Then go back through and add some light green lines for the stems.  I found that I liked starting with a very light stem and adding color as necessary so that the green didn’t overpower the pink in the final product.  It’s really easy to layer the colors.  Also – the leaves are just blobs that are a little more angular.

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Once you have finished putting all of the color on, take a black pen and outline the flowers to make them pop a little bit more.  This takes a little bit more finness since you’re defining the shapes of the flowers an the leaves – but honestly, any kind of squiggles will work.

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Also, I found that it was easiest to use paper that was a little bit thicker.  Mine had a texture on it as well, which added a little bit to the final product.

Well, there you have it – how to use squiggles and blobs to make a pretty watercolor flower card.  I loved getting the change to pull out my watercolors again, it’s definitely been too long.  I think there may be some roof deck sunset painting in my future.

making simple complimentary greeting cards

making simple complimentary greeting cards

A few weeks ago I finally found time to sit down and make cards for my birthday trivia challenge.  I had three cards to make – Tory, Biz, and Johanna.  Then I threw another one in for good measure – actually a random lady from a hotel in Virginia.  Long story (but I’m sure no one here is surprised).

I went into these cards knowing that I wanted them to be simple.  A few weeks before making these cards I had purchased Blick Studio markers in orange, purple, and light maize.  My favorite part about these markers is that the colors get deeper as you draw over the lines a second time.  I decided to take advantage of that in making these cards.

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What other quick notes would you write on the front of a greeting card?

custom postcard design giveaway

First of all, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone.  I hope that you all have a wonderful way to celebrate even though it’s a Monday.

Second of all, over the past few months I’ve fallen in love with postcard design.

There were the New Years postcards.

New Years Postcard This Will Be Our YearThere were the birthday thank you cards.

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kiss, Chrystina Noel Pop Art

 

I’ve learned that I really enjoy this pint-sized design and I want to share it with you.  To win a custom postcard design and 50 postcards, enter the Rafflecopter contest below.  If you’ve never used a Rafflecopter form to enter a contest, I promise it’s not too difficult.  The giveaway ends on Sunday, March 23.

Not sure what to use the postcards for?  Here are some suggestions.  Thank you cards, birthday cards, change of address cards, just saying hello cards, enjoy the warm weather cards, thinking of you cards, mothers’ day cards, cinco de mayo cards, to play long-distance hangman, to play long-distance tic-tac-toe, strawberry season is here cards, I miss you cards, remember when cards, to share song lyrics, locker notes, lunchbox notes, a countdown for the last 50 days of school, to make cuter shopping lists, or really anything else you can come up with.

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places to buy greeting cards

I have recently been on a greeting card buying kick.  At some point, it occured to me that if this was an industry that I really believe in I should start supporting it.  Some people support the organic culture, I support the stationery culture – I’ve decided these things are similar.  I wanted to take the chance to share with you some of the companies I’ve discovered recently.

Julie Ann Art

Always a solid option.  Her blog is wonderful.  Her cards are hysterial.  I’m so excited that I finally have a reason to buy a few of these.  Cards are only $4.50.

Jenny Highsmith Lettering

Alright.  Confession, these aren’t cards, they are prints, but they’re beautiful.  I got mine in the mail this week, the packaging was beautiful and there was a personalized letter.  Check out her prints here.  Prints start at $12.

Flaunt Shop

These cards all have little poofs on them!  Such an adorable use of poofs.  Look at all of these creative cards.  Cards are $5.95.

Wild Ink Press

I fell in love with this card.  And I know exactly who I’m going to give it to.  In the meantime, here’s an awesome Mothers’ Day cards for you to check out.  Here are all of her paper goods.  Cards start at $4.00.

Curly Girl Design

While it sounds like the name of this company might have swayed me on the design, I didn’t even know the name of the company until I just turned the card over.  I love how many mediums she uses on the card.  You can check out more of her cards here, they’re $3.95.

Natalie Eden

All of her designs are fun and quirky and have great fonts.  The card that I got has popsicles on it, but appears to be out of season.  There are so many more cards for you to check out though, they start at $4.00.

Robert Sabuda

I wasn’t able to find a good enough picture of this card on his website, so I had to go to MoMa.  That’s right, his cards are so epic they need to be sold in the Museum of Modern Art.  I discovered his cards because a friend gave me this one at my birthday party with a post-it note that said that she couldn’t bring herself to write in it before giving it to me.  So beautiful.  Check out more of his work here (although I recommend the MoMa website instead).

Rifle Paper Co.

If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m all about fonts and lettering.  I love what Rifle Paper Co. does with their cards.  An the branding on the site in general is beautiful.  These cards start at $4.50.

Lexisworks

Admittedly, this is not my usual style of art, but I fell in love with all of the colors and the quotes.  I also bought a card of hers, but they don’t appear to be online right now.  You can check out her Etsy store here in the meantime though.

Where are some of your favorite places to buy greeting cards?  I’m always looking for new small businesses to support, so send recommendations my way!