Quick Picks : 7.23.15

White Foil on Kraft Save the Dates // Design by Alex Farrall & Printing by Blush Publishing

White Foil on Kraft Save the Dates // Design by Alex Farrall & Printing by Blush Publishing

This Week’s Picks

Tiger Dream, a wonderful, new giclee print by Helen Dardik.

Adult coloring books are so hot that the AP wrote an article about them!

♥ A great article about establishing wholesale relationships as a solopreneur, featuring interviews with paper mavens Amanda Wright of Wit & Whistle and Jennifer Hill of JHill Design. – via

♥ The story behind Katie Leamon’s bestselling collection, plus her gorgeous, exclusive collection for Harrods’ brand new stationery hall.

♥ Adorable woodland wedding invitations illustrated by Dana Saulnier of The Patterned Peacock for her May wedding. So cute!

image from Blush Publishing

Make a Metallic Balloons Birthday Card (Free Card Template Included)

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card (Free Card Template Included)

Balloons are one of the biggest things going in paper crafts or any crafts, for that matter, right now. And today I’m jumping on the balloon love train and combining a big bunch with luscious, metallic inks from Tsukineko to create this sweet and shimmery card that’s sure to get a big “wow” from birthday boys, girls, guys, gals, and maybe a birthday dog or cat, too. Hey, it could happen!

Download the free “wish big” card base, which will fit any #10 envelope, below, and let’s get this party started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

How to Make the Metallic Balloons Card

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card, Step 1

Step 1 : Cut out 7 balloon shapes with a digital die cutting machine and set aside. Print the card template onto cardstock and, using an embossing stylus and ruler, score the card along the vertical notches on the template.

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card, Step 2

Step 2 : Cut the card out along the dotted lines on the template using a paper cutter or scissors.

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card, Step 3

Step 3 : Fold the card along the score line and crease the fold using a bone folder.

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card, Step 4

Step 4 : Pounce an ink dauber in the ink to load it with color. Then, pounce the ink over the first die cut balloon*, reloading the dauber with ink as needed, until the balloon is completely covered with ink.You may need to go over some areas more than once to get complete ink coverage. Repeat this process for each of the balloons.

* When coloring cardstock with ink, I typically move the dauber over the cardstock in small, circular motions; however, I found that a firm, up and down pouncing motion gives much better coverage and shimmer with these particular metallic inks.

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card, Step 5

Step 5 : Allow the ink to dry completely*. Then, add adhesive foam squares to the back of each balloon (I found that two or three per balloon are good). Adhere a balloon at the top of each “string” on the card template.

* Pigment inks, like I’m using here, tend to have a longer drying time. But you can dry them more quickly using a heat tool, if you don’t want to wait.

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card, Step 6

Step 6 : Using scissors, cut off any pieces of the balloons that hang over the edge of the card.

The photos really don’t do these beautiful metallic inks justice, but in this one you can get a better idea of just how shimmery they are:

DIY Metallic Balloons Birthday Card (Free Card Template Included)

Download the "Wish Big" Card Template

Templates are for personal, non-commercial use only.

photos by Kristen Magee for Paper Crave

Lucy’s Sweet, Paper Doll-Themed Letterpress Birth Announcements

Lucy's Paper Doll-Themed Birth Announcements | Design by Heather Cranston / Harry Canary Co. and Letterpress Printing by Everlovin' Press

After Heather Cranston’s daughter was born this past February, she planned on taking a decent break from work, even though the thought of sending birth announcements weighed on her mind. However, during a sleepy 2am feeding, paper dolls popped into Heather’s head, and the rest, as they say, is history! She declared “break over” and created these sweet and clever letterpress birth announcements that feature her cute as a button daughter, Lucy, and all of Lucy’s most favorite outfits, which can be cut out and used to dress up the darling, little sweetie.

Design Credit : Heather Cranston / Harry Canary Co.
Letterpress Printing : Everlovin’ Press

Lucy's Paper Doll-Themed Birth Announcements | Design by Heather Cranston / Harry Canary Co. and Letterpress Printing by Everlovin' Press

Lucy's Paper Doll-Themed Birth Announcements | Design by Heather Cranston / Harry Canary Co. and Letterpress Printing by Everlovin' Press

Lucy's Paper Doll-Themed Birth Announcements | Design by Heather Cranston / Harry Canary Co. and Letterpress Printing by Everlovin' Press

Lucy's Paper Doll-Themed Birth Announcements | Design by Heather Cranston / Harry Canary Co. and Letterpress Printing by Everlovin' Press

images from Heather Cranston / Harry Canary Co.

Anti-Social Media Type Cards from Fluid Ink Letterpress

Anti-Social Media Type Cards from Fluid Ink Letterpress

If you find yourself increasingly yearning to communicate outside the sphere of social media, and you have a sense of humor that’s a little on the snarky side, then the new collection from Fluid Ink Letterpress was made for you. The four cards in Fluid Ink Letterpress’ new Anti-Social Media Type collection are sweet, simple, and ever so slightly snarky, and they celebrate being offline in an online world. Long live snail mail!

Anti-Social Media Type Cards from Fluid Ink Letterpress

Anti-Social Media Type Cards from Fluid Ink Letterpress

Anti-Social Media Type Cards from Fluid Ink Letterpress

images from Fluid Ink Letterpress