High Five Day + Encouragement Cards for Friends

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Happy High Five day everyone! Have you given anyone you know a “high five” today? I love giving my friends who live far away “high fives” in the form of encouragement cards. Encouragement cards cover a wide range of occasions. Today I want to share a set of encouragement cards I created that feature stamps from both Pretty Pink Posh and Simon Says Stamp! I’m also going to focus on how you can use simple, inexpensive coloring supplies to get awesome effects!

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I’m sure a large majority of us all have Crayola markers on hand somewhere in our homes. Crayola products have been in all of our lives for years! In our most recent monthly card kit, Animation, we included a box of 12 Crayola Fine Line markers. While these aren’t your artist-grade, alcohol-based Copic markers, you’d be surprised at how well these fine line Crayola markers work and what you can do with just 12 of them!

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The one big difference these markers have in comparison to Copics is that the Crayola markers are water-based. This means that the marker ink will reactivate when it comes in contact with water. Because of the water-reactive properties, you can use these markers for watercoloring! Today I am focusing only on Crayola markers, but the same thing goes with other water-based markers, such as Tombow or Zig markers.

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I used the markers to watercolor the adorable little kids from Pretty Pink Posh’s Friends Forever stamp set. There are four children in the set, with a few accessories too. They can be used alone, as I did here, or together to create a cute grouping! I think these would be really fun for kids to color as themselves to then send as a more “personalized” card. Imagine – with the upcoming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day holidays – how fun it would be for moms and dads to receive handmade cards with these kids colored as their own children?

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I paired the kids with sentiments from Simon’s Uplifting Thoughts and Loving Heart stamp sets. To make the sentiments a bit more interesting, I cut the stamps apart and used multiple colored inks that matched the colors I used for the children.

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Because these cards are meant to be encouraging, I wanted to go with something colorful. The newest plaid paper collection from Lawn Fawn – Rainbow – was the perfect papers to pair with these kiddos. I have pretty much used up all the paper I had from that pad, I love it so much! Going to have to get another one!

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I hope today’s cards inspire you to create something encouraging for someone you know! I also hope it proves a good demonstration as to what you can do with even the simplest of coloring mediums, such as Crayola markers! Thanks for visiting me today and spending some time with me… I’ll be back next week with a brand new Studio Monday video!

 

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  1. what an adorable set of cards! love the sentiments and sweet designs, friends are such a wonderful gift, we must treasure them always! Thanks for all you do and share! have a wonderful day!

  2. These are such lovely colourful cards! I really like the idea of letting your children do the colouring to make them more personal!

  3. Love these bright cheerful cards! And I love my Crayola markers too! Still use my Crayola colored pencils most often too. I can’t afford the expensive things, so it’s great to see you highlight techniques using these lesser used brands!

  4. FABULOUS cards, LOVE the colours and designs!
    Thank You Nina-Marie, you have opened my eyes to these markers and I will definitely be looking for some :)

  5. So bright and colorful and I love using limited supplies. You don’t need a lot of things to make it all come together. Nice work.

  6. OMGosh these are so bright and so cute! I love the little kids images. And the sentiments are to the point. I like the different colors of the words, it adds pizzazz to the card impact. Thank you for sharing.

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