High Five Day + Encouragement Cards for Friends


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!


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!


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.


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?


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.


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!


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. These cards are so adorable!!! The markers look fantastic! I am not sure how “artist” grade could look any better!!

  2. These are too cute! Thanks for your awesome video showing how easy it is to use the crayola markers!!

  3. I have a set of 50 Crayola markers that I bought for my grandsons to use when they come to my house. I decided to test the light fastness and used them to color a card front. I placed it on the north facing window sill in my craft room. It took a long time for the colors to fade…just saying. Lots of great colors and when I need a color, I don’t have in another marker set, I go looking in the Crayolas.

  4. Lovely cards! Thanks for your awesome video, I appreciate for all the tips. I have a set of those at home, now I know how to put them to good use. TFS!

  5. Hi, Nina-Marie. I’ve been watching your videos for a couple of years, now, and it only occured to me today to tell you how much I enjoy them. You always have clear instructions and interesting ideas and I like watchig you carry them out. So glad, too, that you messed up on this one. Sometimes it seems as if I’m the only one who does that! Once again, thanks for all the inspiration.

  6. Fun cards and so many ideas. I would not have used the markers for such detailed coloring; good to know I can.

  7. Oh my goodness Nina, these are simply adorable! My 5 y/o grandson (even his 3 y/o brother) are forever talking about “primary colours”! (Their Mom went to art school, so go figure!) I digress, the 5 y/o watches card videos with me and constantly wants me to stamp him some “images” to colour with his markers. It never occurred to me to give him a water brush and let him go to town! Oh my goodness, I’ll have to show him THIS video to get him started. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this!

  8. I loved watching this. I am going to show it to my 6 year old daughter and she will love it just like I did.

  9. Love the cards, they are so cute. Thanks for all the inspiration!! Love that you can do such awesome cards with simple supplies and not spend a lot of money, people always think you have to have the best of the best. Thanks for sharing .

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