Welcome to Brooklyn // a custom card project

I’ve been working on a custom card order for the last few weeks. I was asked to make about 50 small note cards for a friend who rents out their Brooklyn apartment on airbnb. I thought I’d share some of the process of creating the cards here.

Distress ink and stencil

After seeing some photos of the listing, I tried to tie in some of the decor, paint colors and the mid-century modern feel of the space. I was a little limited with some of the stencils and other supplies I had, so I had to get creative – sketching out some ideas and dusting off my Silhouette Cameo.

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After some brainstorming (and my persistence about my love of a good watercolor wash background), we settled on a design that incorporated the Brooklyn Bridge and the sentiment “Welcome to Brooklyn.” I downloaded a font called Beyond the Mountains from dafont.com and cleaned it up a bit in my Silhouette software and set my cameo to work. I had it cut the word “welcome” for me and I then pieced  the letters together on the card. The “to Brooklyn” part of the sentiment I created quite easily in Word using another font I downloaded called Champagne & Limousines.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Miraculously, I also found a Tim Holtz NYC stamp that worked perfectly. This made it so that I wouldn’t have to sketch a scene of the bridge on each card, which was the original idea. Instead, I could just stamp, stamp, stamp.

Welcome to Brooklyn

I really like the final result! I love that each one is slightly different, and I think they turned out sufficiently Mid-Century modern-looking.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Only 40-something left to make!

Welcome to Brooklyn

kimberly

Sail Away With Me / #thedailymarker30day

Just popping in quickly today to share a card I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge that I’m participating in this month. The 30 day challenge asks people who play along to color for at least 30 minutes a day and then share their results on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. You can read more about the challenge here.

Sail away with me I’ve participated in almost all of the 30 day challenges now and I find that they really help me with my creativity – I try out mediums and color combinations I wouldn’t normally try, and there’s no pressure to turn the coloring into the card or to even get it right the first time. You can follow along with me over on instagram @kimberly.pelkey   The design for this card was inspired by Yana Smakula, who makes beautiful cards (so definitely check out her blog)! I used a sailboat die and the Sailing stamp set from Simon Says stamp to create the card.

Sail Away With Me
After die cutting a bunch bunch of sailboats from a white panel (that I adhered to some fun foam before die cutting to give the panel some extra dimension), I did some ink blending on another panel to go behind the cut outs. I used Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers for the blending, then added some water droplets and glitter embossing powder over the top to give it some texture.
Sail Away With Me
For the sentiment I used white embossing powder on “Sail Away” and then stamped “with me” in Versa Mark ink on some fog-colored card stock. I also added some strips of paper and vellum behind the sentiment circle and finished everything off with some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Sail Away With Me

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Let me know so I can follow you!

kimberly

Rainbow Happy Birthday

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

Continuing with the insane amounts of watercolor painting I’ve been doing lately, I’m sharing a rainbow-colored birthday card today. To create the watercolor panel, I first stamped a Simon Says Stamp Grid Background stamp in VersaMark ink and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then painted a watercolor wash over the top with various bright colors in rainbow order.

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

My panel was a bit too large for an A2 card base, so I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it down a bit and add some interest to the border. I used the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die (cut from black licorice paper) for the sentiment.

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

I glued the sentiment on and added some coordinating sequins before attaching everything to a card base.

Have a great weekend!

kimberly

More Mini Cards with Wplus9 Botanical Bunch

As I mentioned in this previous post, I’ve been making several small 2.5″x3″ cards, including this order of cards made with Wplus9’s Botanical Bunch stamp to be put on display and sold at a local flower shop!

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

I made the cards in four different colors, pale pink, navy, apple green and black. I made sure each card was slightly different by positioning the  card base or the stamp in a slightly different way and making sure part of the design ran off the at least two edges of the card – this involved a little bit of masking. I was able to mass produce the cards really quickly by using my Mini Misti tool. Thank goodness for that thing. It makes stamping out the same image over and over easy, breezy.

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

I paired each card with a baby envelope (ordered from Paper Source) and then wrapped each card and envelope into its own clear plastic bag. I probably could have ordered a smaller size bag, but I went with it. I tied each set of two cards with some baker’s twine just to keep them all together neatly.

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

After I delivered the sets, I made sure to head back to the shop a few days later to get a photo of them on display! It was so fun to see some of my cards out in the real world. It really has me thinking about opening an etsy store…

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

Have a great weekend!

kimberly

Cheers!

Cheers

Lately I’m loving a big, bold sentiment on a card. I’ve been playing around with several Winnie & Walter dies and they do not disappoint!

Cheers Winnie & Walter

For this card, I first stamped the Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See stamp with versamark ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder onto a panel (I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die to give the edges some interest). I choose to watercolor the panel with a nice cheery (ha) yellow. Then, I die cut several of In a Word: Cheers Cutaway sentiments and stacked them on top of each other to give the word some dimension. I adhered it to my watercolor panel and mounted the whole thing onto a card base.

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I hope everyone is having a cheerful week!

kimberly

Tiny Cards

I was recently asked to make some business card sized cards – basically cards that are the same size as those that come attached to a bouquet of flowers from the florist. They were a lot of fun to make for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that the smaller size made it really easy to assemble just a few elements together to create a pretty little card. Plus they’re just so tiny and sweet!

Tiny cards

I tested out all different designs and techniques on the cards – some watercolor with emboss resist (a favorite of mine!), some ink blending with texture paste and stencils, and some simple stamping and copic coloring. Each card front measures about 3″x2.25″ meaning each card started with a 3″x4.5″ card base folded in half.

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I’m really loving the look of bold black sentiments lately, so you see a lot of those here. Cut from black cardstock, the black sentiments are made from dies by Simon Says Stamp – Smile, Enjoy, and Hello.

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The Smile stamp comes from the SSS Happy and Smile stamp set while the thank you sentiment comes from my trusty Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

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I think this hello card is my favorite. Something about the colors of the watercolor wash and that bold, black sentiment!

I hope everyone has an great weekend!

kimberly

Father’s Day Card

Popping in today to share a Father’s Day card I made for a friend. I mentioned in my last post that I’m obsessed with clear embossing on watercolored panels so here we go again!

Father's Day card

I used a Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See background stamp for the panel. I stamped it with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I then added an orange-y watercolor wash over the top.

Father's Day card

For the sentiment, I die cut “dad” from my set of Louie’s ABC dies . I created a custom sentiment by pairing it with “you’re the best” from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, which I stamped onto a strip of black cardstock. I heat embossed that part of the sentiment with white embossing powder and gave the whole sentiment some dimension by adding fun foam underneath the letters and the black cardstock before gluing it all to the panel.

Father's Day card

I then cut a piece of orange cardstock slightly bigger than my watercolor panel to mount the panel to before adhering everything to the card base. I decided the orange cardstock was a bit too bright and distracting, so I layered a piece of vellum on top of it to soften everything a bit.

Father's Day card

Voila! Another quick card on a watercolored panel. I’m kind of obsessed with the look. I hope you don’t mind! :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly