Tuesday 17 December 2013

a green holiday card fling

I promise to give you more holiday gift ideas tomorrow, but for now I want to focus on the most important gift you can give this season - your love!

Call me old school, but I love getting cards in the mail. In this speedy world of email, twitter and instagram, there is still nothing like opening your mailbox and seeing your best friend's handwriting on an envelope.

This year I decided to make some watercolour cards, and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.

I made a collection of trees, Australia's and joys.

You'll need:
Watercolour paints - a basic, learner set is fine
A couple paint brushes - I used size 8 and 10 round brushes
Steel ruler
Xacto knife
White waxy pencil and sharpener
Cookie cutters
Old boxes

Step 1
Practice with a basic set of watercolours to get used to the weight and texture of the paints, get those creative juices flowing, and come up with your preferred designs.

I'm using a cereal box as the backing so I don't leak water onto my table.

Step 2
Measure out the size of the cards just smaller than your chosen envelopes - I was able to get 4 cards per A4 sheet of paper. Use the waxy white pencil to trace any white writing or to create shapes - press really hard, and make sure the wax is completely solid on the paper so no paint can escape or discolour anything you want white.

Step 3
Tape the paper down to some cardboard, and get painting! I had a lot of fun experimenting with various colour combinations.

Step 4
Patience while your masterpieces dry, at least overnight.

Step 5
Use a ruler and Xacto knife to cut your design into individual cards.

Protect your table! Since I've recently moved I have a ton of carboard boxes.

Step 6
Measure and cut the card backing - I used old cereal boxes cut into the same size as the cards.

Step 7
Glue the cards onto the cereal boxes - glue on the printed side of the box so you have a blank surface on the back to write your holiday message.

Looking for more DIY holiday projects? Check out this wreath and table decoration I made a couple years ago.

More holiday goodness tomorrow my friends!

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