Making Your Letters More Autumnal // + A Mini Photoshoot

HI THERE! 

I was starting to write a letter today after I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby (“the Hob Lob” as we call it) and I wanted to make it very fallish. It seems like Christmas is just around the corner, a few people I know have decorated! So I definitely want to squeeze as much fall in as I can.

Letter writing is a great way to do that!

I though I would share with y’all some of the small things that make your letters pop with the seasons in simple ways.

NO. 1 Toned card + envelopes

Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite places, has a nice selection of packeted cards and envelopes. They have these nice rectangular brown ones there now (50%, too!) that I got earlier. They’re a nice difference from the regular white, and when you do reds and oranges on them, the brown looks so nice and fallish!

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NO. 2 Colored pens

these are a great way to make your cards and envelopes pop and immediately remind you of fall. I always go for reds, oranges, browns and greens.

Below: Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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I made a quick, simple card using the bullet end of a dual brush pen for the words and the brush end for the leaves.

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Sorry this is blurry! My back screen wouldn’t show that well before I put it in the envelope!

I got those two front plaid wash tapes at Hobby Lobby earlier. I thought the would be fun to use through the fall and winter months in my bullet journal and on letters.

NO. 3 Tapes or stickers

These are affordable, long-lasting touches for your letters. The fun patterns and widths are just so fun to see on envelopes in the mailbox, and they’re fun to put on everything.

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NO. 4 Tiny tidbits and fun things

Fall themed stickers, papers, poems, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s), paintings, cutouts, etc. are fun touches to put inside a letter when it doesn’t seem like enough. There is usually always some fun little thing to add a little more joy to the letter when it is opened.

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NO. 5 Colorful envelopes

I kept the envelope pretty simple, but the reds and the plaid make it stand out. You can draw a box around the address in bright colors, paint, sketch, anything. It’s so fun to personalize the mail!

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The last thing I got from the good ‘ole Hob Lob was a new wax seal stamp. The whole stamp pin came off of my old one, so I figured I should upgrade(: I got the heart stamp, and I really like it!

NO. 6 Wax seals

These are my favorite part. I don’t do it every time, but I really enjoy choosing the colors. (I bought this from Amazon. Great buy!)

I used a gold over the wide plaid washout tape I got. It turned out pretty! A very simple and easy way to make your envelope fancy and pretty.

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I hope y’all enjoyed that! It was something I had on my mind to share, it was fun!

Now, I attempted to take some portrait photography for my blog for a new Gravatar image and such, but I ended up having to recruit my brother. It’s really hard to get it to be focused perfectly on a tripod and ten-second timer!

This was one I took by myself. It turned out good, but I kept getting the washed-out background (upper left), so I called good ‘ole Evan.

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I think he did pretty good! It was a frigid windy day, so camera shake and all was hard to avoid, BUT THE LIGHT! ♥

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This one probably turnout the best out of all of them. My hair was being wiped all ’round!

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These leaves were so pretty!

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He attempted to catch me mid-hairflip, but alas, no good….

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…AH! There we go. XD *applauds brother generously*

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Oh, you know, just your every-day stride in the midst a field. (;

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Is it a bird? no, a plane! It’s AUDREY KATE! The severely ungraceful land-skater! 😂

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Maisy trudged through the woods to join us when we were walking back. She didn’t know she would be in a picture, though! Hehe. (She wasn’t that grateful…)

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I hope you all are having a DEEElightful evening!

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What was your favorite part about the letter? Do you use wax? What photo was your favorite? Di Evan do a good job?

Bullet Journaling // Why It Works

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Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great day!

I was filling out things in my bullet journal earlier and I was thinking, “What did I do before this!?”  Bullet journaling has worked well and has been really fun in the process, and today I’m just going to share some various tidbits about it and why it works so well.

To start off, there’s something I always haven’t been extremely faithful about remembering: The bullet key.

This is a very helpful way to remember the importance, time, if you completed something, if you need to save, if you need to buy, if you need to check off your list kinds of things.

I always put mine in the front of my bullet journal so that when I need to go look for it, it’s not hidden away in the middle someplace.

I stuck to some basic ones, like “task done” “task completed” “important” “good idea” and such. I’ve heard of other people doing a lot more things in order to help them remember.

If you’re just starting out with bullet journaling, or even if you’ve done it for awhile, this is still very helpful. The key, and the whole bullet journal as a matter of fact, is completely customizable to your own taste.

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Now, when I first started bullet journaling, I didn’t have something that I really like now, a content page/index.

My newest bullet journal, the one I’m in now, has one and it’s one of the most helpful things in it. (click HERE to see my Bullet Journal)

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Habit Trackers are probably my most helpful and favorite things in a bullet journal, because when they’re finished (especially if you didn’t miss a day) they look really neat, and they make you want to do that thing to be able to fill it in.

I’ve done all kinds; ones where you fill it in with certain colors, others its own separate box with a favorite black fineliner.

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I really like to do a goals page. It’s always fun to see, at the end of the month, what goals you met.

Creating “TO-DO” lists for the month and cleaning plans are always great and very efficient and good to do ahead of time and to be able to add to later, because you can take a glance, go do something on your list, come back and check it off.

The main thing about a bullet journal that is so great is that it’s all in one. You get planner, calendar, to-do’s, goals, a journal (if you add that), in one book, and the good thing is that it’s only one book!

Hehe, I know I just said that twice, but that’s really the best thing about it. Instead of opening five different sources to check off or see various things, the all-in-one is so great. I prefer a A5 size journal because if you need to take it anywhere it isn’t too big.

Something else I prefer is a dotted grid. This is just me, but when I create a grid or calendar or do brush lettering, I don’t like doing it over back black lines. There are also square grids. I prefer a dotted grid that isn’t too noticeable, but it’s not just a blank piece of paper. (A grid really helps with lines and writing)

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You can see the dotted grid here.

I have a lot of pens I use when bullet journaling, but some of my favorites are my *Tombow Dual brush pens. These are water-based, brush and bullet nib pens that are great for writing, doing brush lettering, or coloring in certain things. They blend really well, too, which is something fun for your bullet journal’s look.

Some of my other favorites are my *Pigma Microns in black. Ah! I love these. They last long time and are great for writing and drawing grids.

I love to use a kneaded eraser and just a regular light pencil (like a 4H or 2H) to sketch out my designs. This is probably you have around your house!

And we can’t forget a good ‘ole ruler!

I hope this post was helpful and that you enjoyed it! Let me know what you would like to see next. More posts of the like?

Have a wonderful day!

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What posts would you like to see next? Where does school start around your area? Do you like to shop for school supplies? Do you have a bullet journal? What’s your favorite Icecream flavor?

It’s June // Bullet Journal Setup

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Hi Friends!

It’s been awhile! I’m excited to be back with my June bullet journal setup. I really like how this month turned out and I can’t wait for you to see.

This is the month where Spring turns to Summer! Is anyone else excited for swimming and gardening and no school? 😄 I love it. It’s already gotten to 95º here in Georgia, so it’s started out very… Summer-y. How’s the weather where you are?

My opening page has and overview of the calendar and days. The theme I chose was these really cotton candy/pastel colors: blue, pink and purple. I decided to do these really imperfect flowers, and I like the way they turned out.

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My calendar section I made to alternate the same colors I used on the left. I really love pastels like this. It’s very pleasing to the eye!

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I used the same colors and flowers on my habit tracker page* here. My habits this month are pretty much the same as last month’s, drink 5+ 8oz. glasses of water a day, read a chapter of my bible (or more) a day, use witch hazel as a part of my daily routine, floss teeth 2x a day, and practice piano for 1+ hours daily.

(*photos were taken at the beginning of the month. Progress has been made 😀 )

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My June letter tracker used the same flower/color mixture. I made them look like letters, the boxes, I mean, and the little square in the top right corner, what looks like a stamp, I check off if I respond to the sender. I also made it so I can add more rectangles if need be.

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I used the same sort of lettering and flowers for my Spring100 tracker. It ends this month and I only have a few more miles left! Are any of you doing it?

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My to-do’s used the same pink and lettering, but I decided to go for a neater look.

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That is it for my Bullet Journal setup this month. I hope you enjoyed! Here is some recent art I’ve done lately:

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I love this one(:

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One of my favorites. 😀

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Hehe. Ignore the “no no no’s” That’s for the next painting ((:

I thank you for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful day(:

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Do you Bullet Journal? What are your favorite colors? Do you like to draw? What art supplies are you favorite? What are you doing this Summer?

Adventures In… Letter Art (and other things)

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Hello Everyone!

Are you all enjoying Spring?

I have written lots of letters lately, and I love doing art on the cards and envelopes, and I thought y’all might like to take a peek!

I do lots of different styles, but they all mainly include brush lettering and/or watercolor.

Bible verses are some of my favorite things to put on cards. They’re fun to look up, fun to write, and they look nice on cards(:

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I really like to use watercolor and quotes in the making of my cards. I have a section in my bullet journal where I stash my favorite quotes and I have another journal that I write down my favorite verses in. It helps to write these things down so you don’t have to go ‘a searchin’😁

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I really like drawing scenes in colored pencil as well. (Sorry, this one isn’t my greatest😆)

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Themed cards and envelopes are really fun to do.

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Doing a outline around the addresses and stamp with a theme (ex. leaves or black lines like in picture 3) can add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to your envelopes.

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ATC’s! My favorite(:

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Well, that wraps it up for this (shorter) post. I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know which envelope/other was your favorite, I’d love to know!

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I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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What was your favorite? What’s the longest letter you’ve ever written (mine was ten pages–yesterday!)? Do you have a pen-pal?

 

Testing All Of My Watercolor Mediums

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Hi!

I am SO happy it paused raining today! I went outside and sat, just watercoloring, for a few hours, soaking in all the sun! I’m so glad God gave us a hint of Spring today; I would’ve gone crazy without it! (He probably new that😁)

Also: Thank you guys so much for 60 followers! Thank you so much for reading my little blog here. It has been a fun journey(:

MOVING ON…

I have acquired a few different versions of watercolors over the past little while, and I wanted to test them all out, and I thought y’all might like to see!

I have these small pieces of paper cut out for swatching, which is almost my favorite part. It’s so fun to see all the colors on the page.

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I decided to start with my tube paints first, so that I could give them ample amount of time to dry. The brand of these paints are the Royal Langnickel Essentials. I really like these paints and how saturated they are compared to some of the others. They can also be layered well, which I’m a big fan of. I think you can get these paints on Amazon

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I put them all out on my palette I got HERE and then went to get some water.

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I love how bright the colors are, especially the violet! I love the color Prussian blue, too.

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Next I did some swatches with this super old Crayola watercolor palette we had. I knew these wouldn’t be very good quality or colors, but they were watercolor…😒 The blue turned out well!

Heh. Yeah, that’s all I had to say about them(:

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Then I used this old (even older than the last one) watercolor set. This was the one I loved to use before I got my Windsor and Newton palette last year. This is a Prang Oval-8 palette. This is a great palette for beginners, and it’s very affordable😊

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As you can see, It’s been “well loved”

This is my Winsor & Newton compact watercolor set, which is my favorite. (They also come in bunches of different formats, not just compact😁)

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These are all of the swatches on this page. I’m actually happy I did this because I had no comparison swatches. (All of them together)

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Then I started swatching all the watercolor pencils. The brand of watercolor pencils we have are the Conté a paris aquarelle pencils. I found this set at a yard sale in the fall and I hadn’t really used them until recently. I would totally recommend these are the Winsor and Newton ones to anyone(:

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So How these work is: You sketch the color with the plain pencil down THEN add water. (It took me forever to figure this out!)  I have heard of people putting water ON the pencil, but I have found that that doesn’t quite give the same effect.

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I wanted to see if they blended well together, so I swatched them all beside each other.

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Then I added water. I think they do blend well! I like how this turned out. I shall be using this technique in the future. (Also: do y’all have any tips for watercolor pencils? I’m all ears!)

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Oh, while I’m on it, I am using the Marvy Watercolor brush pen. I love this one. It’s the perfect thing for traveling, mainly because it’s (pretty well) self-cleaning, and it holds it’s own water. I also have used the Pentel version, but I like these better.

The other brushes I’m using are the Yohino brand from Amazon(:

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Then I quickly switched out something. I planned on using at least one color from each medium.

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The overalls and from the Prang palette, the hair from the tubes, and the shirt from the Crayola palette.

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And the rest was the watercolor pencils. Definitely not one of my favorite illustrations, but for not quite knowing what they’d all be like together, it’s okay.

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I wasn’t fully satisfied with that last illustrations, so I quickly sketched out and eye to see how it’d do.

I used a few different palettes and tubes for this iris.

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I used the Crayola palette for the eyebrow, which was quite the mistake, but then I used the watercolor pencils for the eyelashes and skin.

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Thank y’all much for reading! Can you all believe it’s already almost MARCH??!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Some Recent Art

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HEY! Are you well?

I have been busy doing lots of art over the past week, and I wanted to show you all! I have been trying to get into illustrations lately, because I like a certain style, and hey, why not try it out? Hehe. Alrighty, lets get to it, shall we?

And more ATC’s. (I have a post with more here(: ) I really like making these!

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I made a birthday card for one of my Mom’s friends. (It seems like there are a lot of birthdays in February for me…🤔)

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Then there’s this oddly lighted and angled photo of one of my illustrations. (Heh!) I like this one. (It oddly resembles my cousin…) I have more illustrations, but for some reason I didn’t take a picture of them):

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Hehe. Then, of course I had to take some super aesthetic photos! (AHEM. WHY IS MY FOOT IN THERE? 😂)

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I haven’t “watercolored” in a while, so I quickly sketched something out…

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Voila! I like this one. (Hehe, whenever I paint/draw a house it has a red door!)

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Yet another quick sketch…

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I like how this one turned out, too. The first one was supposedly a mountains cape, and this one is a farm scape. (I didn’t use any references, so I don’t know how accurate these are🤣)

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Then I started lining out another illustration. I found this piece of paper and decided to put it to good use!

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TAA DAA! I like how she turned out okay. I think I’ll remember next time not to use Tombow brush pens, though.

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These were the thumbnails I used.

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I think I’ll use this one for later. (: I like it((:

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And then this. ((: Hehe. I like this random girl on a chair! (;

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The Supermoon tonight(:

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post! I really enjoyed making all the art.  Thank y’all so much for reading! I hope your day is great!

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Would you like to see more art in the future? Do you have a favorite piece? Can you see the supermoon tonight? Do you like illustrations?

A Few Small Works of Art

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Hi!

Are you well?

I have been doing lots of brush lettering lately, from bullet journaling to envelope art, I’ve had my brush pens in hand a lot.

I love to make ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) to send friends in letters. They’re not really the same size as real ATC’s (2½” by 3½”), but that’s pretty much what they are. I like to make little things to send friends. Some of my friends send them, too, and it’s always fun to open up a letter and look at them(:

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I’m not entirely fond of THIS one, but it’s OK.  I love this purple color, so you’ll see a lot of it(:

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Writing in thick block letters in a light color, then going over top of it in brush script is probably one of my favorite techniques to use.

I also really like doing an ombré effect. (below)

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I do these flowers (below) on my cards a lot. They’re pretty and fun to do.

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That same technique. (And purple color!😂)

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AUGH! More flowers and purple!! (Wow, I must’ve really liked them that day!)

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I know this post was rather short, but I thought I’d share a little bit of art I’ve been doing of late! ATC’s are really fun to give and to receive, so if you’re sending a letter out soon, maybe send an Artist Trading Card!

Thanks much for reading!

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Which ATC did you like best? Do you write letters? Do you like lettering? Would you like to see more ATC’s in the future?

DIY: Cute Valentine’s Day Cards

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Hi!!!!!

Are all of you well this fine day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! I always like making little Valentine’s around this time every year, and this year I wanted to show y’all how I do them! Let’s get right in to it.

So first, grab some scrapbook paper of your choice. (one big sheet is enough unless you’ll be switching) I chose pink and, later, one with hearts. (look at that funny little sun ray/spot on the paper😚)

 

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Then fold it in half. (any way)

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Then draw half on a heart right on the crease. (this helps to get the perfect shape)

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Voila! Smooth it out straight and flat.

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Then make 2-3 more. Leave the first flat, the second one half-folded, and the third mostly-folded.

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Then I got out our ancient hot glue gun😄 You can use a glue stick or the like, but I always find hot glue works best.

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While I waited for it to heat, I got out my card I was going to use.

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Then I glued the half folded heart to the flat one.

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Then add the mostly folded to the bunch. You can make it as big, add as many layers and colors as you want, but I only did three for now.

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Then add your little heart cluster in one of the upper areas. (or lower. There are going to be words) I put mine in the mid-upper right.

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Then sketch out the words you want and the basket. (It’s a hot air balloon😄)

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Voila! I used my Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip for the words and clouds. (Although I used no pressure on the clouds; they were just sketchy lines.)

 

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Then I got out a different sheet of scrapbook paper for the next one!

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I got three puzzle pieces for this next one that says “I love you to pieces” I thought this saying was really cute, so i’m a’ gonna use ‘er!

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Then flip your scrapbook paper over and trace and cut them out.

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I forgot to take a picture of me doing this, but there! It’s finished! I just wrote it down using my Tombow Fude hard tip. (And AUGH! Points off for blurriness!)

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this short DIY On Valentine’s Cards! Thank you so much for reading, friends!

ALSO: Big thanks for 25 Followers, you guys! Thank you so much!

~theJunebugblog

 

(Pen-Pal) Letter Art

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Hello! I’m glad to be back posing again. It’s already been a week since the BUJO Series I did! Wow, this past week’s gone fast!

Well, today I’m back again with something similar to that. I’ve been catching up on a lot of letters to my friends lately, and I was using a few themes when making my cards. I only took a few pictures of each card while I was making them, but I thought I’d share, anyway!

For the first card I chose the cute little saying/quote “Advice from a Sunflower” (In full below)

I just lightly sketched in the words.

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Then, I used my fudenosuke hard tip over the words.

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Then I took my little kneaded eraser (that looks somewhat like an astroid😂) and went all over the words to get rid of the pencil.

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Then I had to choose my colors for the sunflower. I didn’t want it to be too dark or two light, so I tested out all the ones in between.

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I chose two medium colored yellow/orange. (I always love trying to decide colors!)

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Then I started sketching out the sunflower. I did the darker petals in front, then the lighter ones in back.

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Then I had to choose a brown color. I tested a lot of different colors, and again ended up with a lighter and a darker color.

I colored the center with the light brown color. I could’ve left it like this, but I felt like it needed something else.

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I just did a lot of messy dots inside that circle. It was what it was missing!

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I chose not to outline anything with a black pen so the words were more visible. It ended up looking pretty cute!

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Then I went to make the envelope. It’s fun making a theme between the card and envelope! I went to find the middle…

(Also, sorry for the odd lighting!)

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Then I got a jar out and put it in the center of the paper, but off-center of the middle. (To the left of the center. Does that make even a hair of sense?🤣) Then I traced around it.

 

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Then I sketched out the petals. Make sure the circle (the center of the flower) is wide enough to put an address.

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Then fill it in with a Micron (or other black pen) and color. This sunflower is a lot more basic, with a little bit of an animated look.

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Then I chose the colors of wax beads I was going to use.

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There we go! Aren’t they cute? I love sunflowers.

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Then I made another one! I used Proverbs 16:24 for the next card. I used a honey comb as the characters in this one.

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Then I made the envelope similar to the card.

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They both turned out pretty cute! I cut out a little foam cat and then colored it in and added blush. That makes everything better, right?😄

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Then here came another one! I really liked how this one came out!

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(Sorry this is so blurry! I only got one picture☹️) I really like how this one looked!

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Then I went to make the matching envelope again.

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I added some sketchy lines where I was going to put the address, and I did the same kind of flowers on the card.

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(Again, Blurry!) I did the same for the return address.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed!

Have a great day!

~theJunebugblog

Which Card/Envelope did you like best? Do you like sunflowers?