Jenny from The Bush Crafter here!
We have Christmas coming up and I wanted to share my latest idea for soft, bubbly, fragrant greeting cards with you. I will be sending these out to friends and family, really soon. And now I´m passing the tutorial on to you.
Here comes a new and fresh take on how to make your Christmas greeting cards for 2013!
This project includes using cookie cutters once again, you may remember the ginger bread ornaments post that I presented to you not long ago.
Now its time to take out these cookie cutters again and use them in a totally different way.
Let´s get started! You will need some thick watercolor paper for this one!
Start by applying water to your paper with a brush. You will have to experiment with this phase. To much water will make the pattern blurry and to little will NOT make the paint flow out from the cookie cutter.
Apply paint to your cookie cutter, you need to be fast so the water on the paper dont dry out. I paint the "wrong" side of the cookie cutter, (the side that is not sharp). The paint is easier to apply on that side.
Press your templet on to the paper.
The pressure from the cutter and the water on the paper will create these beautiful patterns.
I use regular paper for watercolor, you know, a bit thicker than normal paper, but not the exclusive, expensive paper. When adding a lot of water to the paper it may become a bit bubbly. You know what I mean?
No worries. We will make these greeting cards 3D and the bubbly paper will actually work for our advantage. It will look lovely. I always work with what I got and try to do the best with that.
We will make a front and a back and sew it together. Like a pillow.
I added a hanger and sewed that on.
Put some soft material in the middle and add some fragrant spices too. That way your holliday greeting cards will smell like Christmas.
Sew all the way around, an Voilá your greeting card is done.
Easy as that. Now write your message and send them out to your friends and family!
Don´t leave without checking out my tutorial for watercolor Christmas labels: over at my blog The Bushcrafter. You can do the Christmas labels using the same technique as the Christmas greeting cards! Happy hollidays!