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Condolences Card Sayings

Condolences Card Sayings

Sometimes it’s a challenge to get the perfect one for our handmade sympathy cards.  If you struggle for ideal words for this type of handmade card, you’ll want to order the Kindness and Compassion set.   Here’s why.

  • Beautiful verses with mixed fonts to send your heartfelt thoughts to a friend in a troubling time 
  • Sentiments to convey your appreciation to others for their thoughtfulness extended to you during a difficult time 
  • Lovely mixed plain and brush script sentiments
Condolences Card Sayings

Sunday is the day I feature simple projects and give you the steps to make it on your own.  Not only are they simple, they’re always projects you can copy in minutes.  And classic designs you can come back to again and again when you need a handmade card quickly.

Let’s see today’s project.

Heartfelt Condolences Card Sayings

Simple.  Pretty.  Easy. And perfect to convey your thoughts to help a friend through difficult times.

Design Details

Did you miss this paper in the Annual Catalogue?  I almost did too.  It’s in the Tea Room Suite on page 15.  I love it since it’s more light weight than some of our designer paper. So you get MORE for your dollar! 

And it makes perfect envelopes and gift bags like this sweet one I paired with the Varied Vases stamp set. 

Perfect Paper for Condolences Card Sayings

When you have paper this pretty, it almost does all the work for you!  So you really only need a few more elements for a quick card. 

  • One coloured wooden accent to match
  • A simple banner greeting 
  • A perfectly sized coordinating embellishment (this one’s from the Butterfly Elements Sale-a-bration NOW SOLD OUT) and
  • Two tiny pieces of sheer ribbon

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Very Vanilla thick cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Fresh Fig cardstock – 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Patterned paper – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla regular cardstock – 1 1/4” x 3”
Condolences Card Sayings for Quick Sympathy Greetings

Let’s Make It

  1. Colour wood embellishment with your Fresh Fig marker and let dry.  TIP: Colour lightly with the SIDE of the brush tip.  TIP: Add more than one layer of colour to get darker intensity like mine.
  2. Glue patterned paper to front of folded card.
  3. Stamp words in Fresh Fig ink onto small strip of Very Vanilla.  TIP: Leave sufficient room to add butterfly later.  Punch one end with Triple Banner punch.
  4. Adhere to card with dimensionals.
  5. Glue butterfly with glue dot beside greeting.
Sincere Condolences Card Sayings

It’s Your Turn

Heartfelt cards with lovely condolences card sayings can be some of the most difficult to craft.  But they don’t have to be.  

Lovely paper, a beautifully scripted set of stamps and a matching embellishment are all you need.  Get yours by simply clicking on the image below.  

Condolences Card Sayings
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Thanks so Much

I love that you stopped by today and took the time to read through to the end of my post.  I hope my idea gave you a little shot of paper crafting inspiration. 

Condolences Card Sayings for Heartfelt Greetings

If it did, take a look through my other blog posts for lots more ideas to keep you crafting during these cold wintry months.

And the next time you need to send a card when a friend has lost a loved one, remember this simple card and this wonderful Kindness and Compassion stamp set.  Its lovely condolences card sayings and this beautiful card will help convey your heartfelt thoughts during a difficult time.

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Yesterday I showed you how to use your Stampin’ Write markers to create beautiful watercolour backgrounds. Today I’ve got TIPS to care for your markers so you get lots of life out of them.  And I want you to see how fabulous they look to paint an open line image with water in your Aqua Painter.

Professional Results using Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

I wanted to showcase a masculine card today.  And the Home to Roost stamp set is ideal. It’s your free gift from SU! with Sale-a-bration 2019!  Just place a $60 CDN order with me and he’s yours for free!  And if you ask me, free’s a pretty great deal!

Three Steps to Paint with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

  1. Grab one of your acrylic blocks. 
  2. Scribble directly onto the block with the brush tip. 
  3. Then pick up colour with your Aqua Painter and dab on paint your image.

Easy peasey!  And you can achieve wonderfully blended watercolour painting like this.

Jo’s Tips to Marker Watercolour

  • Use StazOn ink to stamp your image and let dry.  (It dries in no time.)
  • Layer a small amount of clear water to the part of your image you want to colour before adding ink.  You just want it to be a bit shiny, not look like there are puddles of water
  • Tap in a very light touch of your Aqua Painter to the water and watch it spread.  If it doesn’t spread, it’s probably just a tad dry.  Just add a bit more water and try again.
  • Clean off your Aqua Painter between colours on a scrap of paper towel.
  • Layer additional colour on once your area has dried SLIGHTLY.  You still want it to merge and blend, just not quite so much.
  • Speed up your drying time by placing the edge of a paper towel into a wet spot to soak it up.  Or give it a shot of your heat tool. 
I LOVE to Use Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Your Stampin’ Write markers will last for years and give tons of colouring and blending options.  They’re pretty low maintenance but here are a few ideas to keep them in mint condition.

TIPS to Care for your Stampin’ Write Markers

  1. Store them laying flat so ink doesn’t flow to only one end
  2. Ensure cap is tightly closed (with a clicking noise) to avoid drying out
  3. Use a light hand to preserve tip’s life
  4. Make sure to use the SIDE of the brush tip for colouring to maintain its point
  5. Get them out and play – they work best when they get lots of fresh air! 😉
  6. Replace when the brush tip looks a bit “furry” or bullet tip no longer writes

Jo’s Design Details

  • Add a dry embossed panel behind your watercolored image for added texture (I used the Seaside folder on a piece of Bermuda Bay)
  • Gently pull apart a couple scrap pieces of copper trim and glue behind the top left and bottom right corners of your watercolored panel
  • Knot a small piece of linen thread through a True Gentlemen button then place on bottom right with a glue dot
I LOVE this Home to Roost with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Like watercolouring? Check out this pretty project too for a more feminine card.

Get Creative

Now it’s up to you!  Pull out a few markers, an acrylic block and an Aqua Painter to paint to your heart’s content! 

To purchase any of the supplies I used, a simple click on any image below is all it takes.  Thanks so much for choosing to shop with me.

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects
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FAST & FUN: Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Thank You

Did you enjoy my masculine project today?  I hope it gave you a little shot of inspiration to grab your markers to craft.

And I hope you’ve also been enjoying my series on using your markers for rubber stamping projects – I’ve still got more to share so keep checking back!

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers | Facebook Live Replay

Want an ultra quickie idea for how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers?  Your Stampin’ Write markers that is?  Look no further than my Facebook Live Replay!

Or maybe you caught my Facebook Live last night?  Every week I host an online paper crafting class that YOU star in!  Most times, YOU pick the colours, ribbons, embellishments, and change up the design as I’M crafting.

That way we never really know what we’re going to end up with.  It’s fun!  Come join us any Tuesday night at 6:30 MST over on my Design with Jo business page .  (Note this is a new day and time so you can join in the fun once your work day is over.)

I love, luv, LOVE the versatility of our water-based markers. So all this week, I’m showing you how to use them for loads of crafting options.

Before we get to today’s video, let me show you this beauty card.  And then I’ll share all the supplies so you can make one along with me.

Let Me Show You How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Isn’t it pretty? I love this colour combination together. And I love the stamped sentiment. Beautiful brush lettering offset with plain type. Gorgeous! It’s from the Part of My Story stamp setfree during Sale-a-bration.

Here are your supplies to make these lovely backgrounds at home.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

OK, are you all set?  Let’s take a peek.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Quick and easy yes?  With lovely results.  So…

What’s Not To Love About Stampin’ Write Markers?

  • Fabulously pigmented colours perfectly coordinated with your Stampin’ Up! ink pads and papers
  • Two tips to handle all your larger and smaller tasks
  • Brush lettering in a snap (like on this fun, fun project)!
  • Tons of versatility (colouring, blending, watercolour, lettering, omission stamping…and on and on)
You won't believe how SIMPLE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers Is!

You know, this is only the second time I pulled out my Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut specialty paper.  I’m not sure why I’ve been hiding them. 😟They are simply beautiful and SO easy to use.  With million dollar results like these.  Here are the measurements for today’s card:

Cuttin’ It Up

  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock-  5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Pool Party cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour Paper – 3 3/4” x 5” (then later cut to 3 1/” x 4 7/8″)
  • Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Cut paper – one panel cut down to 3 1/2” x 4 7/8”
  • Pool Party 3/8” shimmer ribbon – about 12”

A Quick Question or Two for You

  1. How many of us have a few Stampin’ Write markers kicking around somewhere?
  2. When was the last time you used them?  A day?  A week?  Hopefully not more than a month?

NOW is the time to get them out and play! Backgrounds this pretty – and this easy – are just minutes away!

Time to Choose!

This is one of my favourite parts of my FB Live replay blog posts.  I’d love it if you left me a comment.  Which one do you like the best?

My pretty soft and subtle gem?

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

A knock-your-socks-off combination of pinks? (Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick, Berry Burst)

Stampin Writes and How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the appeal of just-a-hint-of-laser-paper? (So Saffron, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist)

EASY PEASEY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the monochromatic look with only slight variations in colours (Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Powder Pink)

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

I could go on forever playing with these Stampin’ Write backgrounds and the Delightfully Detailed Laser cut speciality paper. But I want you to start experimenting with them too!

Oh So PRETTY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

So cut your watercolour paper, pick your colours and top up your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Then get busy with how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers for your friends and family!

How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering | VIDEO

Brush marker lettering is EVERYwhere these days isn’t it?  On billboards, TV ads, in magazine, on business cards, in bullet journals… And what’s even better?  It’s fun and easy lettering for everyone to learn!  Including you!

Take a peek at my short video to see my brush marker lettering in action then watch me make this simple thank you card.

Let Me Show You EASY PEASEY How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

Every week, I pick one product to showcase.  Then I get to play with it all week to show you how you can use it in different ways.  It can be stamps, paper, embellishment or a cool tool. 

And I’m super excited to share this week’s feature. Stampin’ Write Markers.  My FAVOURITIST tool from Stampin’ Up!  Ones I use EVERY day.

How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

No kidding, it’s a pretty rare crafting day when I don’t reach for at least ONE of my Many Marvelous Stampin’ Write markers.  I love to letter with colours coordinating exactly with my cards and gift projects.

Like with the Melon Mambo, Powder Pink and Basic Black in these quick thank you cards.  

YOU CAN DO IT! Video Inspiration for How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

And YOU can learn how too!

Take my Lowercase Brush Lettering for Papercrafters online class!

All it takes is one Stampin’ Write Marker and about an hour of your time to pick up the basics with my detailed videos.

Get out your supplies so you can play along!

How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering
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How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

Did you watch it?

Pretty quick isn’t it? And very DO-ABLE! With just a bit of practice you can also be designing cards, journals, gifts and scrapbook pages with your own brush marker lettering.

Here are the measurements so you can make the card in the video.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Basic Black cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Melon Mambo cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11, scored at 5 1/2″
  • How Sweet It Is DSP – strip 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • ribbon – about 10″ long to make a bow (about 6″ for a strip along the bottom)

Here’s another version with baker’s twine along the bottom and two narrower strips. Which one appeals to you more?

Calligraphy Fans ALERT! How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

Shading TIPS

  • Don’t worry about getting your shading EXACTLY the same. These are hand lettered and original pieces of art.
  • Choose to shade either to the left OR to the right of your letters. Switching back and forth on the same word will lose the effect.
  • For a more neutral shading, try using a light gray or taupe. Sahara Sand and Smoky Slate are great choices.
  • Opt for contrasting colours for a different feel. Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo would be fabulous together for a cheerful birthday greeting.

Shading is just one way you can fancy up your lettering. This was another cool way I happened up completely by accident!

Here are my top design tips when you use your own letters as the focal point of your card.

Jo’s Design Tips for Brush Lettering Cards

  • choose only one word to emphasize with your brush letters
  • if necessary, very lightly pencil in a line so your letters are straight. But really the charm of this lettering is its playfulness so straight isn’t necessary at all!😜
  • any other words look wonderful written in your own handwriting in the same colour or a contrasting one TIP: use the handy built-in bullet tip of your Stampin’ Write marker
  • let your lettering take centre stage – keep embellishment simple with rhinestones, ribbon and paper

VIDEO: How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

This one features my second level lettering style with connectors between letters. But look how a fun polka dot background and some glittery ribbon adds pizzazz!

New VIDEO: How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering

Are you ready to give this lettering a try? Start NOW with my fun online class. A quick click will get you started!

Lowercase Brush Letters for Papercrafters

How to Shade Brush Marker Lettering for AWESOME details

See you soon!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you found a bit of ink-spiration to jump-start your creativity. Be sure to check back often. Besides this post on how to shade brush marker lettering, I’ve got all kinds of ideas to keep your paper crafting fresh and fun!

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle | FB Live Replay

Have a giggle today with my Stamparatus techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle Facebook Live Replay. I had lots of opportunities for improvement and I’ve incorporated some of those into my blog post for you to benefit from my learning curve!

If you haven’t joined me for Facebook Live, come on in and join the fun. I come live to you every week on my Design with Jo business page usually at 4:30 MST on Wednesdays. I love to get group participation to help me design my project. That way it’s always a surprise! Everyone is welcome to join in! 

So what are we making today?

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

A cute puppy card. This one has an easy and fun technique made with your Stamparatus.

Never heard of a Stamparatus before? It’s Stampin’ Up!’s version of a stamp positioner. And what a version it is! It’s heads and tails (🤪 sorry couldn’t resist!) above the competition. I tell you exactly why I think so in this blog post.

Using it allows us to get two – and three – dimensional. Let’s take a closer peek at that trio of canines.

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Don’t they all look like they’re waiting for the food bowl?

OK, let’s get on with the show so you can see how to make these for yourself ! Then I’ll share a few tips I picked up to give you a hand…

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

If you found this video tweaked your creative “bone” (again, sorry, couldn’t resist! 🙃), you might also like these ones, also showcasing the Stamparatus.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Real Red cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Window Sheet – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″, scraps at least 2 1/2″ x 3″
  • Basic Gray cardstock – 1/2″ x 4 1.4″ and 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Soft Suede cardstock – strip 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

And we can’t forget the inside of the card. It’s just as important as the front with this technique.

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Learn From My Mistakes!

I hope you watched the video. And I hope you had a little TEE HEE or two as I seemed to go from one challenge to another with this card! So here’s a few tips so it’s easier for you.

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Over To You!

So, think you’d like to try this at home? Here are all the supplies I used to make this great design. A simple click is all it takes and the little brown UPS truck will be screeching to a halt outside your door before you know it!

Plus you’ll be cashing in on my Sunny Rewards when you shop online and use host code JX3TEVQC. It’s my way to thank you for shopping with me.

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
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Pick Your Favourite

OK, let’s see which one is your pick. Leave me a comment to let me know which one you like the best.

The trio in Real Red?

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Or the trio with Night of Navy?

Get a Giggle with my FB LIVE Replay: Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Or maybe this one I made after so I could figure those bloopers out! This one’s on Pacific Point.

Reverse Image Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Thanks for taking time to watch the video. Hope you played along to help create the design! My next Facebook Live is Wednesday, February 13th at 4:30 MST over on my facebook business page. I’d love to have YOU be part of it.

In the meantime, give your hand a try at these Stamparatus techniques with the Happy Tails bundle and let me know what you think.

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