Sunday, June 15, 2014

My Cards and Tags: Write Away

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is Anything Goes.  That spells total crafting freedom, my friends!  Two of my greatest loves are creating things and writing, so I went for a combo with these pro-writing envelope and faux pen sets.  I have a lot of friends who are mega talented writers, so I wanted to create an encouraging little gift to support that.


I used the Simon Says Stamp Gift Card die to cut the envelopes, then used a paint lid stencil and black waterproof ink (StazOn) to lay down the base layer:


I whipped out my watercolor paints and dribbled colors inside the circles:



I folded up the envelope, then added some stamped text and inked around the edges.


I finished it off by making a faux quill pen using a Tim Holtz pen nib and a bamboo skewer, which I painted.  I used a little bit of black Gesso on the tip to make it look like the pen had been used.  I also made a pennant flag and tied it all together with yarn.


I used similar techniques for the second envelope.



The great thing about this Gift Card die from Simon Says Stamp is that it does in fact hold a gift card.  Very handy if you're wanting to make a personalized gift card holder!



Here are some of the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:




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21 comments:

  1. Love, love, love - the colors, the composition and those pens!

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  2. Glorious! Love Love the beautiful drips of color! The bamboo skewers oh so clever and effective! Brilliant inspiration!

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  3. Both envelopes are super cute! Love beautiful colors and stamping. Such a brilliant design :)

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  4. This is so pretty, Andrea! Love the way you used the paint lid stencil! So fun! Hugs, Sandra

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  5. Am in love with these - brilliant inspiration for your writer friends, and brilliant inspiration for us. Love the design, the funky colours and stamping and those faux pens are complete genius!
    Alison xx

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  6. Love these little encouraging little pieces. Love the ink runs and I adore the pens. Fantastic idea Andrea. Tracy x

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  7. Pure cuteness Andrea! Lovin' all the inky goodness!

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  8. Cute, 'punny', and just the right POP of bright colors! Love them!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  9. wow, wow and more wow, these are amazing!

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  10. these envelopes are beautiful and i just love your design on them. I also MUST say thank you for the sweet sweet comment you left on my blog. It may be the kindest comment I have ever received on my blog. Thank you for taking the time to leave it.. I have a big smile on my face now!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  11. This is stunning! I love what you've done with both of them... being a lettering artist, calligrapher and watercolorist - they are just fabulous!

    And... thank you for such a super sweet comment left on my blog... I've got a big big grin after reading it.. And yes, our little Charli is a super cutie... would love to have him stay puppy size but he'll be such a handsome boy once full grown...
    ~Sandy (scribblesbysandy.blogspot.com)

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  12. At first glance I thought, why in the world did she use perfectly good calligraphy pens? Then my faced turned red when you described how they were made. It was so clever to use black gesso on the tips for authenticity! I didn't know there was a stencil for paint cap marks--seriously? What will they think of next? The watercolors are super juicy and this is an awesome example of how to personalize gift cards. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  13. These are just awesome I'm sure when your writer friends get these they will treasure them. I love the his the paint spills out of those holes looks wonderful these are so inspiring thanks for sharing hugs Nikki

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  14. Andrea you know that I love much your style! this is an incredible stunning project! BArbarayayai

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  15. oh WOW!!! absolutely brilliant pieces!!! awesome creations!! =)

    thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your very kind words... =)

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  16. Love these Andrea. Love the colours and concept! TFS

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  17. I absolutely LOVE everything about these Andrea...they are stunning! As always, there is so much detail and wonderful stamping and I adore your style...fabulous pieces of artwork! :)

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  18. Thank you for the most uplifting and thoughtful comment on my post...you provided a ray of sunshine on a pretty bleak day.
    Now I get to return the compliment. I love your make from the arty splodges to the fuzzy yarn to the inspired attachment of a pen as both embellishment and usable item. I know I've found an artful soul sister. I'm becoming a follower.

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  19. This is gorgeous Andrea!!! Love your inky and watercolour background, the wonderful happy colours and of course the pens. Fabulous idea as always!!

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  20. Your creativity has no bounds. I love this!
    Truthfully, I have never seen those nibs used in a way that I liked...until now. Brilliant idea! And the sentiments made me smile. "Write Away" is adorable and fits this perfectly. You are quite witty!

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  21. Andrea...you always blow me away with your art! There is just such a unique, whimsical theme to everything that you do! I love the colors of this and how you let them just be "messy" and flow from the stamped paint lid stamps. Love that!!! So free flowing! I also love your designs on each of the little gift card holders that you've stamped. The faux pens are darling and the little added banners and colored fibers completely finish them perfectly! I so love these!!! You're such a creative person and I truly am such a fan of your work. I also wanted to thank you so so SO much for your very sweet comments that you left on my blog. Your writings are so lyrical and they always make me feel so inspired and GOOD!!! Thank you!!! <3 Candy

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