Make a Bold Birthday Card with Distress Ink Watercoloring & Die Cutting

How to Make a Bold Distress Ink Watercolor & Die Cut Birthday Card

I went big and bold for my latest project for Craftsy and combined Distress Ink watercoloring with die cutting to create a birthday card that’s clean and modern, with a brushy touch. Head on over to Craftsy to see the step-by-step tutorial!

A couple of little notes about this project: this was the first time that I cut out shapes with a rougher, more organic edge (the “wish big” letters) from watercolor paper using my Silhouette Cameo, and I was impressed by how cleanly they came out. I also really liked the look of the negative space left after I die cut the letters and am planning on making a second card with it. I’ll pop it up on my Instagram when it’s finished.

image by Kristen Magee for Craftsy

Quick Picks : 8.13.15

The Sugar Paper Signature Desk Collection (love that snail mail letter opener!)

The Sugar Paper Signature Desk Collection (love that snail mail letter opener!)

This Week’s Picks

♥ Hee! 55 Hi’s new Money Cards are seriously fun (and clever, too).

♥ Check out these lovely, modern leather pocket notebooks from Bici Couture.

♥ The perfect washi tape design for back-to-school.

♥ If you love all things Paris, then you’ve gotta check out these beautiful photo greeting cards and postcards from Roisin Grace.

♥ Such a fun letterpress birthday card from Harken Press. Lovin’ that little flamingo drink stirrer!

image from Sugar Paper

Four Fab Back-to-School Freebies

The stores have been stocked to the gills with notebooks, pencils, and backpacks since July and, like it or not, the school year will soon be upon us. But no matter how you feel about the whole thing, I know that these fun back-to-school freebies will give you some ideas about how to embellish and personalize all of those school supplies, even if you’re not so excited about the actual school part.

And be sure to head on over and check out my back-to-school freebie roundup from last year for even more cool ideas!

Back to School Freebies / Free Printables

Above, clockwise from top left : Free Printable School Stickers by Paper Crave for Living Locurto // Kid’s Back to School Labels by Lia Griffth for WorldLabel // Free Printable Lunch Notes by Paper Crave for Living Locurto // Notebook Labels from Martha Stewart

images from their respective sources

Cute Copper Foil Cards from Stormy Knight

I first spotted Stormy Knight’s cards on Instagram during the National Stationery Show this past May and was instantly drawn to their super cute, illustrated designs. Their newest collection features a totally on trend mix of copper foil stamping and hand lettering on kraft stock, which is a pretty awesome combo.

Have a peek at the new line below, and be sure to head on over to the Stormy Knight shop to see all of their seriously cute cards and stationery!

Hand Lettered Copper Foil Cards from Stormy Knight

images from Stormy Knight