Handmade Note Card Sets & Ink Pad Watercolor Technique

Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere,

Just a quick update before we begin…

Lately, I’ve been working towards achieving my goals of creating more and getting my work seen. As part of this initiative, I’ve been thinking of starting my own handmade business. Although I’ve tried Etsy in the past, I’ve never really devoted time to making a fairly consistent line of products. Moreover, I’ve never sold my wares at craft fairs, or approached galleries or consignment shops about selling my art. My hope is that starting my own handmade business will be the first step in my path towards someday becoming a full time artist, crafter and content creator.

Handmade Note Card Sets

Since I love making cards, I didn’t think it would be too much of a stretch to start making note card sets. For these particular note cards, I went with a coffee theme (of course).

01 Watercolor with Distress Ink
Annotated Audrey’s Java Note Cards

Here’s what I did to make these guys…

First, I stamped my hand carved coffee cup stamp onto a piece of white cardstock using Ranger’s Archival Ink. I chose to use this ink because it is waterproof and permanent, and I didn’t want ink to move around after I started coloring.

02 Watercolor with Distress Ink 03 Watercolor with Distress Ink

Unlike the Archival Ink, Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink (also produced by Ranger) is a dye based ink that is water-reactive, which makes it perfect for this project. (If you don’t have Distress Ink don’t worry, I’ve found that other dye based inks will work for this project too!)

For my palette, I used a sheet protector with a piece of white cardstock inside to make it opaque. When I wanted to start painting, I stamped the ink pads down on my palette. Then I used my waterbrush to activate the ink and to add color to my image.

04 Watercolor with Distress Ink 05 Watercolor with Distress Ink

07 Watercolor with Distress Ink

After the image finished drying, I cut it out and adhered it to a blank card (A2 size) using my ATG.

Here are some examples of cards that I made using this technique.

 Hopefully, my dream of someday owning my own handmade business will become a reality very soon. In the meantime, I’ll keep creating and trying to get my work out there. Thanks for being part of the process. 🙂

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Copyright Notice:

All images contained in this post are copyrighted by the artist. All rights reserved. Please do not use these images without permission.

I encourage you to share these images, but if you do please give me credit as I worked hard to create these pieces.

Thank You!


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