Most of you know that RAINBOW is my favorite color, so I grabbed my Tombow Dual Brush Pen Bright 10 Pack and made my own rainbow papers. I then cut up those papers in a variety of shapes to Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement. I can't wait to get these in the mail to brighten the day of my friends and family. Staying organized in my studio is paramount to my productivity and creative flow, for this, I turn to Deflecto.
Create a Dozen Rainbow Cards of Encouragement with Tombow Dual Brush Pens
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Here's what you need to create homemade rainbow paper:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens – Bright Pack
- Strathmore Mixed Media – 9″ x 12″ Pad
- Card Blanks with Envelopes – A2 Size, White
- Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner
- MONO Aqua Liquid Glue from Tombow
- Fiskars Temples – Circles and Hearts
- MONOTWIN Permanent Marker from Tombow
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Trio – Hard, Soft, Twin Tip
- Deflecto Interlocking Stackable Organizer – Four
- Tombow Foam Tape
- MONO Air Correction Tape from Tombow
- Cardstock – Rainbow Colors, White
- Paper Trimmer
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
Here's how to Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement:
Create patterned paper by drawing lines, in rainbow order, on four sheets of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper. I created two horizontal and two vertical sheets. This paper was from a pad, so I removed the perforated strip along the side. Use any combination of colors that you want to create a custom rainbow. My paper uses the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Bright Pack of 10 colors.
The A2 card blanks are one half of an 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of cardstock (8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″) folded in half to create a 4 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ card. Start by cutting four sections of the homemade rainbow paper into rectangles to fit the card fronts. I sketched and lettered messages onto hearts and circles with Fudenosuke Brush Pens. Attach to the card fronts with Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner. Mix and match the hand-lettered words of encouragement with printing. Use letter stickers if you don't care for your hand lettering.
For the second set of four cards, trace a variety of hearts and circles with the Fiskars Template onto the handmade rainbow paper. You could also use paper punches. Mix and match adding the circles to colored cardstock with Xtreme Adhesive and Tombow Foam Tape for added dimension. Layer the embellished cardstock onto the blank card fronts. Add words of encouragement with MONOTWIN Permanent Marker, hand lettering, and printing.
For the third set of four cards, trace a variety of hearts and circles with the Fiskars Template onto the rainbow and colored cardstock paper. You could also draw your own templates. Mix and match adding the hearts to the card fronts and colored cardstock with Tombow Foam Tape for added dimension. Layer the embellished cardstock onto the card front blanks with Xtreme Adhesive which has a bond five times stronger than standard adhesive runners. Add words of encouragement with Fudenosuke Brush Pens, hand lettering, and printing.
The final step is embellishments. I don't like to go crazy with rhinestones, pearls, glitter glue, and the like, but a few well-placed embellishments will elevate a simple card. I love MONO Aqua Liquid Glue for holding larger embellishments in place. Get creative and get the kiddos involved.
Organizing Embellishments with Deflecto
My go-to embellishments and adhesives used to be spread out all over my studio, tucked in every nook and cranny. Then Deflecto sent me four sets of Interlocking Stackable Organizers. Mind-blown!
Each organizer has two large drawers and are made of clear hard plastic, so you can see what's inside!
They easily lock together, both top to bottom and side to side, so you can create a custom storage solution for your space. Simply remove the drawers, line up the base units on their backs and slip the included metal clip in place where indicated.
I created a four-unit Interlocking Stackable Organizer system for my studio worktable that is two high by two wide. With a total of eight drawers that are 5 1/2″ wide by 6 1/2″ long by 2 1/2″ deep, I know have more than enough room for ALL my most used supplies (with room to grow).
A drawer for all my sheets of rhinestones, one for the adhesives, and those little glitter glue bottles. Sewing supplies, sheets of colored pearls, and my Tombow Eraser and Correction Tape collections, oh my!
A place for everything and everything in its place. This makes me truly happy.
Being organized allows me to be more productive in my creative flow. Having everything at arms reach and visible through the plastic drawers has been a game-changer. I love how this storage unit looks on my work table in my studio.
Send Rainbow Cards to Family and Friends
I hope you will use my post Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement as a jumping-off point to make some bright and colorful happy mail with your kiddos. A fun twist would be to have the little ones scribble all over a plain piece of paper, then cut into shapes for a modern look. For me, getting (and staying) organized is key to being productive. After organizing all of my supplies, these 12 cards went together in just about an hour.
Nothing is better than receiving a bright and colorful card with a happy message from someone you love. Its like mailing a hug!
If you enjoyed the tips I shared in this post How to Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement, then click over and check out Easy Embroidery Project Ideas for Beginners and see how I organized all of these supplies!
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