Tropical Citrus Watercolor Birthday Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
1M ago
If you’re tired of sending run-of-the-mill cards, try this watercolor birthday card tutorial. It puts a twist on the “happy birthday” sentiment with its “I’m glad that you exist” message, written in bold brushed calligraphy. A colorful citrus border frames the phrase, making this a card that your recipient will treasure for years to come! Before We Get Started … I know that watercolor can be intimidating at first. I can promise you this: once you’ve got a little bit of practice, you’ll find that it’s a dream to work with. You’ll enjoy a creation process that’s simultaneously relaxing and chal ..read more
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Cutout Ornament DIY Holiday Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2M ago
If you’re looking for a unique DIY holiday card project, consider this beauty. This holiday card tutorial will quickly become a favorite because of the delightful cutout! When your recipient receives the card, he or she can simply remove the ornament from the center and hang it on their tree. Not only are you sending a holiday card, then, but you’re also sending a unique ornament! In this article, you’ll find detailed instructions and a video that will teach you exactly how to create this cool little project. Make yourself some hot cocoa, set aside 30-45 minutes to tune out the world, and y ..read more
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Not Your Average Father’s Day Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
8M ago
Before I begin this tutorial, I’d like to say that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Father’s Day card. I know that because I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest, and all I ran into were grilling-, fishing-, and toolbox-themed cards. I wanted to design a card featuring elegant masculinity. As a result, this card uses patterns and colors that will appeal to a lot of dads, not just those who enjoy manly pastimes. I hope that you have fun making it! 1. Prepare Your Paper To start, cut a piece of black cardstock to 8.5″ x 6.25″ (21.6 cm x 15.9 cm). Then, fold it in half to make a 4.25″ x 6.25 ..read more
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Folded Heart DIY Valentine’s Day Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
1y ago
In my opinion, the best kind of handmade card is one that surprises you! In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a DIY Valentine’s Day card that features a folded heart tied together with string. When the recipient unties the string, the heart folds out to reveal a message. The Inspiration for This DIY Valentine’s Day Card This DIY Valentine’s Day card idea was inspired by my immensely talented friend, Phyllis Macaluso. (If you don’t follow her on Instagram — @fpmmac — you are missing out; she is so creative!) I received a beautiful handmade card from her featuring a heart similar to ..read more
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“Art Gallery” Watercolor Birthday Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
1y ago
This watercolor birthday card reminds me of an art gallery with its six perfect frames. Every step of the creation process is relaxing and creative — and you’ll especially like making the little watercolor dots. Here’s what you need to get started: 2 pieces of cardstock in contrasting colors (I chose a shimmery orange and a royal blue) Watercolor paper Watercolor paints A glue stick, glue, or double-sided tape Scissors or a paper cutter 1. Cut the Paper Cutting everything to its proper size is the first step in making your watercolor birthday card. First, you’ll want to cut one of the pie ..read more
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Finetec Watercolor Floral Garden Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2y ago
I almost exclusively use Finetec watercolor to write metallic calligraphy. Today, though, I wanted to try something different! Instead of pairing Finetec with my dip pen to write words, I got out my paintbrush and made a series of floral doodles on black cardstock. It was a fun, relaxing way to spend my toddler’s nap time, and I took photos as I went so I can show you how to make something like this, too! 1. Create a Color Chart First, get out your Finetec Pearl Colors palette (or a similar metallic watercolor palette). Moisten all of the colors with a bit of water, then make yourself a color ..read more
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7 Reasons to Write Letters
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2y ago
I have loved to write letters since I learned how to read circa 1995! One of my aunts was kind enough to be my penpal (she lived two hours away, which required long distance calls … letters were cheaper). I still remember that feeling of excitement when my parents would arrive home from the post office with one of her letters! Those letters absolutely made my week. I’ve carried a strong enthusiasm for snail mail into adulthood, and today, I’d like to share the seven reasons that I continue to write letters. 1. You Can Enjoy a Digital Detox Communication these days is incredibly easy. At this ..read more
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An Art Deco Birthday Card Tutorial
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by Ana Isabel Corral
2y ago
I love art deco everything — dishes, decor, invitations, patterns — you name it! Being an art student and a recurrent reader of The Great Gatsby, I’ve been in love with the Roaring 20’s for quite some time. There’s just something alluring about the gold decor, lavish parties, and flamboyant jazz of the Gatsby era that I felt the need to encapsulate in a project. Leo says, “You can do this!” Cheers to that, Leo. In this post, I am going to show you how to make a birthday card using a geometric, art deco style. (It’s my youngest sister’s 13th birthday this week — officially a teenager … God hel ..read more
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Circular Watercolor Thank You Card Tutorial
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2y ago
If you want to enjoy a few minutes of zen, there is nothing like painting a watercolor wreath! The action of combining colors and shapes into a flowy border is relaxing and satisfying, the perfect way to hone your watercolor skills. In today’s tutorial, I’m going to walk you through how to make a floral watercolor thank you card using watercolors and hand-lettering! This watercolor thank you card has whimsical, playful appeal!1. Make a Blank Circular Watercolor Card Follow step one in the Circular DIY Christmas Card Tutorial to make a 5.5″ x 5.5″ (140 mm x 140 mm) blank watercolor card ..read more
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“Sugar Skull” Cat Halloween Printables
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by Lindsey Bugbee
2y ago
I love how embellished sugar skulls have seeped over from Día de los Muertos into Halloween decor and costumes. It’s hard not to admire a colorful sugar skull design! With that in mind, I wanted this year’s set of Halloween printables to call back to the sugar skull tradition. The subject of the illustration featured in the printables is a cat — an animal long associated with Halloween — and a sugar skull-inspired design! This “sugar skull” kitty — shown here as a work in progress — was created using a Nikko G nib, sumi ink, and a significant amount of patience! I used this illustration to ma ..read more
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