May 24, 2011

DIY Series: Hand Stamped Watercolor Save the Dates

These Save the Dates and matching Thank You Cards combine the use of our custom rubber stamps with hand-painted watercolor accents.
We love that each card is totally unique and it's own little work of art. 

Step One:
On pre-cut pieces of watercolor paper, get creative with painting. We played with uneven painted stripes for the thank you cards and organic watery shapes for the save the dates. 
Painting Tip: Go easy on the water to achieve a nice flat card.
Too much water will make your paper buckle or ripple when drying. 

Step Two: Once your paint has dried, ink your stamp, place in the center of the card and apply pressure evenly. 

We used the "Vintage Label" Save the Date Stamp and the 
"Simple But Sophisticated" Monogram for the Thank You Cards. 

Step Four: We used the "Calligraphy Accent" Return address stamp to finish everything off.
Now all that's left is stuffing and addressing your envelopes!

Materials List:

Color Box Stamp Pad (we used a variety of teals and blues for this project)
Watercolors and brushes (you can purchase at any craft or art store)

A6 Envelopes (shown above in Curry)
B4 Thank You Card Envelopes (shown above in Peacock)

Paper Options:
You can have large watercolor sheets (purchased from your local art store) cut to size at your local print shop. 
Just tell them the dimensions you need based on your envelope choice, the cut cards should be at least 1/4" smaller than the envelope measurement.

If you are using the Paper Source A6 and B4 sizes that are shown above, ask for your pieces to be cut to 
6 1/4" x 4 1/2" (A6) and 3 1/2" x 5" (B4).

If getting paper cut is too much of a hassle, you can use the luxe papers from Paper Source and buy them pre-cut.
Just be careful with how much water you use with your paints!

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