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Watercolor Notecards: A Quick 5 Minute DIY

I’m obsessed with the watercolor trend that we’re seeing everywhere right now.  It’s so soft and feminine and pretty. I have been dying to learn how to watercolor myself, but I’m pretty intimidated. I finally decided to just jump in head first, with a little bitty project. And guess what? It really wasn’t that scary or difficult.

Watercolor Notecards

Make these note cards to add to last minute gifts or as impromptu thank you cards. I made a bunch to keep on hand and in my desk drawer at work.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

1. Get Your Brush Wet

Dip in to some water with your brush and get it nice and wet. Then dive into your color cake of choice. I found that loading my brush up with lots of intense color was always a good starting point. Don’t be afraid of color! Add a little pool of water to your pan lid so you can dip in and dilute if necessary. green

2. Get Your Paint On

I kept it simple and went for an ombré effect. Let’s not get too crazy, I’m still a beginner here! I faded from a kelly green into a bright yellow. On another note, see those messy edges? I love them. They’re art. Embrace the messiness people. painting This all dried within minutes… my kind of DIY! I did a few different color schemes.cards

3. Just Stamp It

Michaels has been killing it in the mini stamp game lately. They have all of the cutest mini stamps in the Perfect Pickups section at the front of the store by the registers. I decided to stamp with white ink because I wanted to create a faux resist look. Masking fluid would be the real way to achieve a nice resist with watercolor, but I’m just not quite ready to climb that mountain yet. inksmiley

4. Voilá

I think they came out pretty cute. I particularly love my little cactus friend and kitty cat card. Perfect for notes of encouragement or just to say hi!

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Are you a watercolor novice? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?

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Michaels at Brit + Co’s Re:Make 2015

In just a few short days we will be making the trip to Re:Make, Brit + Co’s annual creativity festival in San Francisco!  We are excited to meet thousands of DIYer’s  and creative enthusiasts at the event. If you’re in the San Francisco area we would LOVE to meet YOU!

Michaels at Re:Make 2015

On Saturday, September 12, come by our Make Station to craft a hand-stamped tote bag, for free! We’ll have everything you need to create your own custom stamp to design your bag. Our friends at Brit+Co whipped up these fun totes to show you how it’s done!

Michaels at Re:Make 2015 Stamped Tote BagHand Stamped Tote Bag

If you can’t make it to the Re:Make Festival, you can pick up the supplies to make these totes at your local Michaels or order them online. Here’s what you’ll need:

Hand-Stamped ToteBrit + Co Re:MakeFor full instructions on how to create these designs, check out Brit + Co’s tutorial.

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Don’t forget to RSVP for the festival day on 9/12. We’re looking forward to getting crafty with you!

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Guest Post: Tim Holtz Handmade Cards

A handmade card from Tim Holtz

Who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card in the mail. These quick and easy cards are sure to impress your friends and family. Gather your favorite supplies, Stamps, Distress Markers and Ink, Mirrored Stars, Word Keys, Linen Ribbon, Rub ons and sit down to create some beautiful but simple cards.

Stamping with Archival Ink and Coloring with Distress Markers

Stamp Blueprint images onto watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. Color the images with your favorite colors of Distress Markers.

Blending with a Detail Water Brush and Distressing the edges

Using a Detail Water Brush blend the colors out to create a watercolor effect. Trim the images to size. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Use a circular motion with light pressure and create a darkened edge around the images.

Distress Technique using Hand Sander and Distress Ink

Cut a card base from Kraft-core cardstock. Score and fold in half. Cut a mat a little larger then the colored images. Cut a piece of Crowded Attic Paper Stash for the background of the card. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool to create a darkened edge.

Adding pieces to base card with foam tape

Adhere pieces to base card. Use foam tape to adhere images to card. Foam tape is a great way to add interest to your card.

Adding rub-on and key embellishment

Add Remnant Rubs “Life Quotes” as desired. Tie Linen Ribbon around card attaching the Word Key with a bow.

The perfect finished card!

Easy as 1..2..3… and just think how happy someone will be to receive a beautiful handmade card. I call that happy mail!

– Tim Holtz