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How to Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement

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Learn how to Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement. 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. I can't wait to get these in the mail to brighten the day for my friends and family. Staying organized in my studio is paramount to my productivity and creative flow, for this, I turn to Deflecto.

Cards with handwritten words of encouragement in rainbow colors by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

Create Rainbow Cards with Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Cards with handwritten words of encouragement in rainbow colors by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

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Here's what you need to create homemade rainbow paper:

Here's how to Create Rainbow Cards:

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STEP ONE

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.

Create homemade rainbow paper by drawing colored lines on plain paper with Tombow Dual Brush Pens Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

STEP TWO

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.

Create homemade cards with hand lettered words of encouragement in rainbow colors by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

STEP THREE

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.

Create homemade cards with hand lettered words of encouragement in rainbow colors by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

STEP FOUR

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.

Create homemade cards with hand lettered words of encouragement in rainbow colors by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

STEP FIVE

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.

Cards with handwritten words of encouragement in rainbow colors by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering
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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!

Interlocking Stackable Organizer storage bins from Deflecto Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

Each organizer has two large drawers and is made of clear hard plastic, so you can see what's inside! The drawers are wide and deep enough to hold a variety of embellishments right at your fingertips.

Interlocking Stackable Organizer storage bins from Deflecto Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

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 into the matching indent.

Interlocking Stackable Organizer storage bins from Deflecto Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

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 now have more than enough room for ALL my most used supplies (with room to grow).

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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!

Interlocking Stackable Organizer storage bins from Deflecto Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

A place for everything and everything in its place. This makes me truly happy. This sturdy hard plastic Deflecto Interlocking Stackable Organizer is going to last a long time AND the drawers pull all the way out, so you can easily access items in the back of the drawer.

Interlocking Stackable Organizer storage bins from Deflecto Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

Being organized allows me to be more productive in my creative flow. Having everything at arm's 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.

Creative work table with organized storage bins from Deflecto Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

Send Rainbow Cards to Family and Friends

I hope you will use this tutorial 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. It's like mailing a hug!

Cards with handwritten words of encouragement in rainbow colors by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #cards #rainbow #tombowdualbrushpens #handlettering

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Recently my twenty-something niece asked me to help her with some embroidery basics, I guess everything old is new again! So I am sharing four Easy Embroidery Project Ideas for Beginners, click through to see my amazing organizing tips and tricks!

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Did you know that rainbow is my favorite color? So bright and happy, rainbows have brought a smile to my face since I was a little girl. Now that I am all grown up I still find inspiration and happiness in all things rainbow. How about you? I invite you to Color a Rainbow of Feelings with a FREE Printable that can be downloaded below.

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6 thoughts on “How to Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement

    • Thank you, Sue! 🙂

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  • Very nice cards.

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    • Thank you very much!!

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  • Beth,
    I love your Rainbow papers to write words of encouragement on. I’ve been trying to write to friends and cheer them up during this crazy time. I have the paper and Tombow Dual Brush pens in Bright and I’m anxious to make the paper.

    Questions please: How did you get the lines of color so straight? If you lined the paper with pencil, will it erase and not show?
    Is the color under pink – red?
    Did you use orange?
    There seems to be several yellows? Did you use yellows from another pack?

    Sorry for the questions. I am a Rainbow girl, too, and can’t wait to make the paper.

    Thank you for sharing and thanks so much for your wonderful ideas.
    With warm regards,
    Rosann Stanko

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    • Hello Rosann – I only used the colors in the Bright 10 Pack of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. The lightest green looks very yellow in my photos, the red looks very hot pink and yes, there is an orange in that pack. I did not draw lines with a pencil but rather drew all the colored lines freehand. Once you cut down the papers you won’t notice if the lines are uneven or crooked. If you are concerned about straight lines you can very lightly draw guidelines with a pencil. I always make a color chart on a scrap piece of paper first. I hope this helps! Take good care – Beth 🙂

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