Hi, friends! Santa brought me some new brushes for Christmas and I couldn’t wait to give them a try! I also needed some thank you cards, stat! So I decided to play with the brushes and make some backgrounds, then turn them into cards.
I used a full sheet of 9×12″ watercolor paper and lightly drew lines with a pencil to mark them at 4.5″ x 6″ so that I could have 4 areas to work on. I used Stonehenge cold press aqua for this but any watercolor paper will do — it’s just for practice and FUN!
Just have to say that I love that you can get 4 cards out of one sheet this way!
Then I got out my Essential Rectangles dies so that I could easily trim the background panels to fit on a card — it also let me crop out some parts I didn’t quite like!
Then it was just a matter of adding the thank you sentiments.
Here’s a closer look at the cards, starting with my favorite winter floral themed one:
This one has the thanks heat embossed with brass powder — I think it looks pretty classy!
One note — to get that lovely peachy tone I mixed Daniel Smith organic vermillion with raw sienna and a touch of quinacridone rose — just love this color! I really struggled with it when I first started out watercoloring.
Next up, a Big Scripty thanks!
Last but not least, some pines with a window:
The sentiment is actually added on the inside of the card for a fun detail:
I thought about adding some sequins or other embellishments to these but in the end I decided to keep ’em clean and simple.
So which is your favorite? I’d love to hear!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.
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Before I go I just wanted to add a big note of THANKS to all of YOU for all of your kind comments this year — they really do mean the world to me! — xoxo, Lisa