Hand Painted Notecards


Hand Painted Notecards

This is a project that literally anyone can do.  I made these on my dining room table.  Photos are a bit shadowy because I don't have a studio or professional lights.  Just me, my dining room table, and my camera phone.  It was so easy, I had to share.  You can make one or dozens.  It's up to you!

1.       1. Gather your materials.

  • Any type of acrylic paint will do in your choice of 3 or 4 colors
  • Blank notecards and envelopes.  I used A2 size which is 4.25 by 5.5
  • Parchment paper (wax paper or butcher paper will work, too)
  • Scraper (or old store rewards card)
  • Low tack tape and/or painter's tape.  

2.      2. Tape paper to your table or workspace to protect it, although if you are using acrylic paint, it is easily wiped off of surfaces. I used painter's tape to adhere my paper.

3.      3. Tape notecard in place so that the front (the part you are painting) has protective paper  underneath it. Put a bit of tape underneath the front section so that it won’t slip as you apply and scrape the paint. I used low tack tape on my notecards so it would come off easily.

4.      4. Place drops of paint horizontally at the top of the notecard.  If you spill some like I did, just keep going.

5.      5. Take a scraper or sturdy card, place it on the notecard just above the paint, scraper side down.  Scrape from top to bottom. Repeat as needed to cover the whole card. What I liked about using an actual scraper is the width of it.

6.      6. Let the card dry overnight.

7.      7. Place the card under a heavy object to flatten it if it has curled a bit. Let it sit overnight.

8.      8. Add a sentiment if you choose.  Your sentiment can  be die cut, handwritten, or made with a cutting machine.  I used a die cut and my  Gemini Jr. Any sentiment will work with the cards from congratulations to thinking of you or even happy birthday.  The sentiment can be placed anywhere on the front or you can skip this step.

9.      9. Write a note inside the notecard and send it to someone to brighten their day or gift the blank notecard to a loved one.

Happiness really is homemade!

Craft Schooling Sunday

Quick Tip Tuesday for Cricut


Today's tip:  You do not need to purchase anything to learn to use your Cricut!

There are so many crafters who have created e-books, guides, getting started instructions, youTube videos, and so on.  This just isn't necessary!

If you go to learn.cricut.com, you can search for any topic.  You'll find how-tos, tutorials, and courses on literally every topic related to Cricut from how to set up your machine to how to use print-then-cut and everything in between!  

Learn from the pros and save your money and your time!