Handmade save-the-date cards with stamps from Stampers Anonymous - Brett Weldele
Handmade cards,  Throwback Thursday

Handmade save-the-date cards with a cat in a hat – Throwback Thursday Blog

Last year my friends K&J secretly got married on a beach in Florida, and the photos from their trip always makes me a bit weepy, they look so happy! They have recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, which according to Wikipedia can be either paper or cotton, and what can be more suitable for any crafty person? (Since the best watercolour-paper is made from 100% cotton, I deem this to be so). Anyways, it made me think of these cards.

They couldn’t invite all their friends and family along for the ride, but instead they decided to throw a big party when they got home. Did this scream “time to get your craft on!”? Oh yes. Yes, it did. I can honestly say I’ve never had so much fun making party decorations before!

I think me and my friend Vee was in on the secret a bit before everyone else, as we got more involved as toast madames. So when K&J asked me to make some save-the-date cards, I could not have been happier to oblige.

Save the date! Hand-made cards are always so much fun to send in the mail.
Save the date! Hand-made cards are always so much fun to send in the mail.

Making the save-the-date cards

The fun thing about making a big bunch of handmade cards is that they seldom look exactly the same. Even if you use the same stamp on all of them, just colouring them in will instantly make them unique.

I do love this stamp from Stampers Anonymous, though! Such a dapper gentleman-kitty. The stamp set is called “Meow & Tweets” and is designed by Brett Weldele. I think I need to use it more! I definitely need to put it in at least one of my art journals. Hold my tea, I’m just gonna go and prep a page…

Handmade save-the-date cards with stamps from Stampers Anonymous - Brett Weldele - Meow & Tweets
Handmade save-the-date cards with stamps from Stampers Anonymous – Brett Weldele – Meow & Tweets.

In this case, I used the water-soluble Scribble Sticks from Dina Wakley to draw a few squiggles inside the cat, and then moved the pigments around with a wet brush to loosely colour it in.

I dipped the corners of the panels in watered down Distress Inks in several colours (from re-fillers), trying to leave some white space to get a watercolour effect.

Cards coloured with water-soluble Scribble Sticks by Dina Wakley and Distress Inks
Cards coloured with water-soluble Scribble Sticks by Dina Wakley and Distress Inks.

The pretty little bundle

Whenever I give away a stack of cards for someone to use and send themselves, I still like to package them neatly. In a box, in a gift bag, wrapped in tissue paper or tied together with ribbon or twine.

Handmade save-the-date cards wrapped in baker's twine.
Handmade save-the-date cards wrapped in baker’s twine.

And, of course, I could not miss the opportunity to make this kitty into a tag. I coloured it in and cut it out by hand, and i think it looks pretty neat. I should really do this more, I think I might have quite a lot of stamps that would make pretty good tags.

Handmade tag with the gentleman cat from Brett Weldeles  "Meow & Tweets"
Handmade tag with the gentleman cat from Brett Weldeles “Meow & Tweets”.

The “Throwback Thursday” deal

As I mentioned in my first post the other day, I decided to have a bit of a spring clean (i.e. complete purge) here on my blog, but hope to post some older projects from time to time (a good ol’ Throwback Thursday). Maybe because I like comparing “then and now”, but also because it’s just fun to sort through the archives. Enjoy!

Hi, my name is Jennie! Having been a multi-crafter since I could barely walk, it's hard to pick just one favourite hobby, as long as it has anything to do with pens, papers or paints. I love to geek out about paper-crafting, but right now I'm in love with art journaling, scrapbooking, card making, artist trading cards, photography, bullet journaling, painting, water-colours... I could go on. I do know one thing: as long as I have a piece of paper and a pen, I am never bored. You can find me on other social media by clicking the icons below. Happy crafting!

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