#the100dayproject : handmade card 13/100-2 - wishing you a season of blessings

Posted by Kerry Wills on

happy monday! what a start to the week - i've got oodles of ideas for new products and am busy working on lots of things behind the scenes. it's going to be great!

today's spin on the inspiration wheel landed on watercolor and so for my handmade card today i implemented a handful of techniques! i began with a stamp of a leaf that is kinda geometrical in the design. i stamped it and then heat embossed it with a gold powder so it's metallic and shiny. then, i used a variety of distress inks [barn door, ripe persimmon, rusty hinge, crushed olive and peeled paint] along with a waterbrush to watercolor over the embossed image. 

the handmade card from 1cre8ivemess has a watercolor base and gold heat embossing. a blend of colors representing the changing colors on the leaves in autumn is delicately placed near a stamped sentiment which reads "wishing you a season of blessings".

i wanted the feel of the card to be a little different than most of my other cards where each one [card] is pretty similar. i switched up the order of the colors around the leaves and purposely went outside the lines. i didn't want it to look sloppy, but more so like the colors were spilling out as they changed. 

one of my favorite things about watercolor cards is that no two are exactly the same. the way these inks react and respond to one another will never cease to amaze me. even colors that typically don't blend well together end up looking amazing. 

each one of these watercolor handmade cards is slightly different due to the nature of the watercoloring. each one features the same blend of colors; red, red-orange, rusty orange, and various shades of green.

when the card is tilted in the light you can see the glistening of the gold embossing and it looks so cool!

when the card itself is angled in the light, the gold embossing over the watercolor glistens and shines, creating an amazing detail on this card front.

the sentiment that is stamped near the bottom right corner reads "wishing you a season of blessings" and i used brown ink to coordinate with the color of the card base. as an added detail, i tore the edge of the watercolor panel and then dipped it in the gold embossing powder as well. it's got somewhat of an organic feel to it, but it adds a nice splash of glitz. 

a flatlay view of card 13/100-2 of #the100dayproject. a watercolored leaf in shades of reds, oranges and greens under a layer of gold embossing. a torn edge and stamped sentiment complete the card front.

because the card base is so dark, i needed to have something brighter on the inside so that the sender would be able to write a legible message on the inside. i decided on a red-orange cardstock which conveniently matched the envelope color that i selected. plus, it's a nice bright surprise when they open the card!

inside detailed photo of the handmade wishing you a season of blessings card. brown card base with a red orange interior to ensure the sender's message is clear to the recipient.

one of my favorite things about the fall is the changing of the leaves - it's so gorgeous and it always makes me happy. i really tried to incorporate that feeling when designing and creating this handmade card. i'm super pleased with the result and i hope my customers and their recipients will be too! this watercolored blessings card is available now here and you can see my post on instagram here

i'll be doing lots of updates to the shop this week - emptying out some of the sold out items and adding in some additional things i've been working on. i am bummed so many of my favorites sold during my sale this past weekend, but am also so happy that they're headed to new homes. 

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