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Watercolor Thank You Cards

Brighten someone's day with this stationery — each card is splashed with color and a note of gratitude. 

plaid thanks cards

Photography: John Armitage

Source: Martha Stewart

steps

  1. On a full watercolor sheet, lightly sketch the outline of a flat card that is 10 inches wide by 7 inches high. Lightly sketch the centerfold at 5 inches wide.

    plaid thanks cards materials
  2. Using the alphabet stencil, remove the backing and adhere the letters for "thanks" across the right-hand section of the card.

  3. Stencil the letters with a generous coat of watercolor resist. Remove the stencil and let the resist dry completely.

  4. To ombré, apply a wash of water to the card. Starting with "Blue Calico" craft paint, brush onto one end of the page and add water to fade the color toward one direction. Rinse your brush quickly and add "Snow Pea" craft paint from the opposite end, and blend until it meets the "Blue Calico" craft paint. (Tip: Paint in long strokes past your pencil lines.)

  5. With a cotton swab, dab away the paint that may be left on the resist medium; let dry.

  6. Cut out your card along the sketched lines with a craft knife. Score the sketched centerline and fold.

  7. Repeat with other combinations of colors and different card orientations.

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