Stamped Greeting Cards: Easy DIY

Hello Crafters!

Those of you that follow me on Instagram (if you’re not already, follow me @pinkbowstwinkletoes) have seen several posts in the last few weeks featuring some homemade greeting cards.

I love how all of my greeting cards have turned out, so I figured I’d write up a little tutorial for you all!

When I say making these cards is super easy, I mean super duper easy peasy!  You can make several cards in 10 minutes or less!

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Supplies:

  • Cardstock (I used white, but you can use a color if you prefer)
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Ink pads
  • Stamps
  • Markers (I like Staedtler Dual Tips)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Pencil (optional)

Step 1:

Take a sheet of cardstock and cut it in half lengthwise creating two strips.

Step 2:

To make a folding card, fold each strip in half.

To make flat cards, cut each strip in half.

I’ll be making both types of cards in this tutorial!

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Here are the stamps I’ll be using for my cards.

I bought these at Michaels several years ago. The season was changing, so everything in their spring collection was one sale.  I went a little crazy (who doesn’t love clearance?!) and bought every stamp set I could find from this collection.  I have about eight packs! 🙂

I love the watercolor ink look, so I’m using two pink inks and an orange one for my first owl.

Step 3:

Take your ink pads and apply each color randomly to your stamp.

If you’re using a light ink and several dark ones (like me!), I suggest using the light ink first and then applying the dark inks.  Going in that order prevents you from ruining your light colors with dark ones.

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Step 4:

Stamp it!

I chose to use this owl on a folding card, so I stamped my image on the right side of the opened card.  I find folded cards easier to stamp when they are opened up.

Step 5:

Add your message!

I like to take a ruler and draw a pencil line before I go in and add my copy.  If I don’t add a line, I always end up writing on a slant!

Step 6:

Add a fun message on the inside of your card!

On the inside of my card, I’m going to write something along the lines of “That’s owl speak for…”

I’m going to repeat steps 1-6 and make a flat floral card now.

I mixed orange and coral red ink for this one.

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I love how these two inks look when mixed together!

I added “Yay” to this card!  I think it’ll be very cute for celebrations and such!

I also decided to make a blue and green owl!

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This time, I stamped the owl on a flat card!

There are so many fun “owl” sayings out there, that I’m bound to use another one when I send out this card! 🙂

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I hope you all enjoyed this super duper easy peasy tutorial!

If I weren’t taking photos while making these cards, they would’ve taken me less than ten minutes to make!

Happy Crafting!

<3 Natalie

 

 

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Christmas Art Print: Free Download

Hello everyone!

Christmas is almost here, and I’m super excited! Are you?!

I have a Christmas themed art print to share with you today!  As you know, I love my brush pens and hand lettering.  For the past few days, I have been working on transforming a few of my lettering projects into digital art prints! So exciting!! 🙂

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This free download would be perfect for a last minute Christmas or hostess gift, planner dashboard, party decor, etc!  The possibilities are practically endless with this one!

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My “Merry & Bright” print is available in both red and green.  It’s formatted to be a 5×7 but can easily be transformed into an 8×10 by leaving a 3″ white border around the edges.

I really love the look of the 8×10!  I think the white border adds a little something to it!  It’s up to you which size you’d like though.

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You can print this art on any kind of paper you’d like, but I think this canvas texture cardstock is a fantastic choice!  The canvas look adds a little something to the print and in my opinion, makes it look nicer.

I got this pack at Jo-Ann Fabrics, but you can probably find something similar at other arts and crafts stores.

 

 

Just like with my sticker printables, these art prints are for personal use only.  You may not re-sell, redistribute, or claim these works as your own.

When posting on the internet, please give credit to Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes.  Feel free to tag me (@pinkbowstwinkletoes) on Instagram when posting my printables!  I would love to see how you’re using them!

I have theses prints available in both PNG and PDF file formats.

To download a PNG file, click on one of the images above, click “view full size,” right click and save image, and then print as desired.  If you don’t click “view full size,” a much smaller image will be saved to your computer.

You can download the PDF files here:

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I hope you really enjoy these prints!  I know I had a ton of fun making them and look forward to making more for you all in the future!

Merry Christmas!

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DIY Confetti – Easy and Fun!

Hi everyone!

I have a fun and SUPER easy craft for you today!

I’ve been wanting something to add a little pizazz to my Instagram photos recently, so I decided to invest in some confetti.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy exactly what I wanted, so I decided to make my own!  Making my own definitely didn’t save me money, but that’s okay!  I got exactly what I wanted!

IMG_4007Supplies:

  • Paper punches
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors

IMG_4016Simply use the punches to cut out lots and lots and lots of your desired confetti shapes!

I found it the easiest to start with a whole sheet of cardstock, punch out a complete row, and then cut that strip away.  In the end, you’ll end up with a bunch of punched out strips like the ones above!  You could also cut the strips and then punch.  Whatever floats your boat!

IMG_4051I went to town and punched out lots of different shapes!

I bought my punches during JoAnn’s most recent scrap booking sale, so they we’re out of a few punches that I wanted. 🙁

I still managed to get my hands on a few fun ones!  As you can see, I got a medium heart, a dove, and a small circle.  I also got a small heart.  I just haven’t made any confetti with it yet.

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Happy Crafting!

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