I am here today to show you the first 5 cards that I created with the Pink and Main July 2019 "Pen Pal" card kit. I decided to subscribe to Pink and Main for 3 months to test the waters on their crafty courtyard subscription. I will say that I'm very impressed with this months kit, it came with so many products to play with! The stamp-set is adorable and I loved the small envelope die that came in the kit. All of the stamped images were created with my copic markers. I chose colors that coordinated with the paper pad that came in the kit. I created today's cards using the kit's stamp-set, sequins, pattern papers, paperclips, twine and the specialty card-stock that came in the kit! I also used the heavy weight card-stock that came in the kit to create my card bases. Here's a look at all the cards I created. Be sure to check out my Youtube tutorial to see how I created these adorable cards!
This card features my favorite stamp in the stamp-set, the snail and the mouse delivering mail! I also added the cute pup with the envelope in its mouth (he fits in perfectly don't you think?) I created the background behind the stamped images with my red and pink zig watercolors. I scribbled both marker colors onto an Art Impressions watercolor palette.(A slick surface/glass matt would work!) Using a water brush, I moved the pigment from my palette to my card panel.There's really no technique that I used, I just created a large watercolor blob to help draw your eyes into the adorable scene. I will say that I used a lot of water on this panel to avoid getting any harsh watercolor lines! I scattered a few hearts that I created with the pattern paper in the kit and the heart outline stamp. I stamped my sentiment "Sending paper hugs" with my versafine Onyx black ink to the bottom left corner of the card.
I thought it would be cute to create a shaker card with this months kit. I created the shaker panel by cutting a few heart windows using my Darice heart dies from a turquoise polka dot card panel. To help the hearts stand out, I cut a few orange heart frames using the same Darice heart dies. I added some acetate and double mounted foam tape behind my heart windows, and added the sequins that came in the kit. I layered some white paper behind the 2 smaller hearts. Behind my largest heart, I stamped my sentiment, "Handmade hello" onto a scrap white piece of paper and added that to the back of my shaker window. To embellish the card, I decided to use one of the cute girls and the pup from the stamp-set. I also added a few orange pattern paper hearts and a matching small envelope. To finish the card, I added a strip of rose gold washi tape to help ground my 2 characters.
I think card 3 would be a perfect teacher card! I created this one by layering the orange card-stock, the notebook pattern paper and the "sending smiles" cut apart on top of one another. I was aiming for a stacked paper look, so I could add one of the envelope paper clips that came in the kit! I popped up my little pencil girl and scattered a few pattern paper envelopes and the orange hearts that I cut out from card 2!
This card is my personal favorite. Mainly because the snails with the messenger bags are absolutely precious! I made this one using the letter border stamp and a few snails that I fussy cut from the pattern paper. I added one snail to each one of my envelopes. It worked out perfectly that I had just enough snails to make this idea work. I love when the happens! I added the snails onto a rainbow mirror card-stock strip. I then popped up my rainbow strip onto an orange matte. To further accent the card, I used the bakers twine from the kit to add above and below my orange matte. I also tied a small bow with the twine and added that to the left side of my card. I then die cut an orange banner die cut and stamped my sentiment "Sending a little note". You could change the sentiment to say "sending snail mail". I think that would be super cute to coordinate with the snails!
For my final card, I wanted to somehow showcase the puppy stamped image. I decided to cut a few circles with my Darice circle dies from the card-stock that came in the kit. I popped up my puppy in the center of my orange circle and added a turquoise polka dot circle frame. I took the different letters that I cut out from pattern papers, and added them in a circle around my puppy. I thought this was a cute way to use the envelope border stamp! To finish the card, I added some foam tape behind my circle and popped it up onto some pattern paper from the kit. I added a strip of the turquoise polka dot paper to the bottom of the card panel. To separate the 2 pattern papers I added some of the gray twine that came in the kit. I also created a double bow with that twine and added it to the right of my card panel. I then die cut another white banner and stamped my sentiment "sending smiles"
I hope you all enjoyed my 5 cards today, let me know which one's your favorite in the comment section below! These cards will be available for purchase on my website shorty. Within a few days, I will include links to where you can purchase these cards. I'm waiting until my last 5 cards are finished, so I can bundle the cards together!
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Zig clean color real brush markers 12 pack (includes the 2 colors I used)
Spellbinders "Nestabilities Classic Heart" (Darice heart dies retired)
This blog post is a submission for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: "make your own background"