You wanna get a little “artsy” today? If that opening question intimidated you a little because you don’t consider yourself remotely “artsy” then these DIY thank you cards is your project. Really! If you are “artsy” maybe this tutorial will introduce you to a fairly new product: Distress Crayons.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY thank you cards:
- Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
- Lightweight Watercolor Pad
- Thank You Embossing Folder
- Crayons 96 ct (just the white crayon for this project)
- Flat Brush Set: #2, 4, 6, 8 (or any paint brush will do)
- A2 Sized Card Bases
- Cup of Water
Insert the watercolor paper textured side up.
Leave the watercolor paper in the folder. Open the folder- take care to keep the paper lined up (still on top of the words).
Remove the paper from the embossing folder.
Choose the colors of Distress Crayons that you like. “Scribble” them around the embossed letters.
Using a paint brush and water, begin to blend the crayon pigments. You could also use a cotton swab!
If you want to add more pigment, you can “scribble” right onto the project- and blend it again. The crayons will react to water even after it has dried.
Continue until you get a look that you like. Using a clean brush, go over the white (resist) letters to clean them up a little.
Experiment with color mixtures and combinations.
You are going to feel like a modern-day Picasso!
The Distress Crayons give you a fun yet controlled watercolor look without the mess. No need to rinse brushes or rinse off a pallet. It is all contained and very clean.
Plus: fun DIY thank you cards as an end result!
I highly recommend making your own DIY thank you cards. A project little kids would be amazed by as well as adult kids.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).