I know you’re wondering, lucky Reader,
What are Flash Cards?
No, they are not a pile of ineffective index cards you made for your biochemistry test.
Not here at least, I can’t speak for your desk.
The point of my “Flash Card” posts is to promote snail mail.
You send mail? You get mail.
Happy friends = happy You!
These are all cards you can make yourself. But classier. And faster. And cheaper than that $8 card you bought from Paper Source with the fake sushi on it.
we’re millennials not boomers
So set aside 15 minutes and get going.
Flash Cards: Inner Picasso
Everyone has washable markers laying around. Ergo, everyone has watercolors lying around. Yep, you can use your markers like watercolors. So channel your inner Picasso and assemble these items.
- a scrap piece of cardstock
- a small paper punch
- Water-based markers- crayola, distress ink, etc.
- wax paper -or- waterproof craft surface
- small paint brush w/ water cup -or- water brush
- white note cards
– Make your stencil:
Punch a 2″-2″ pattern into your scrap paper
I went for a more random look, but suit your whims.
– Prepare your colors:
scribble your marker onto your wax paper or craft surface to release some pigment
– Paint your card:
Lay your stencil on a section of your card
wet your brush lightly, then swirl it in the color you applied to your craft mat
apply your “paint” to your card, re wetting/inking your brush as necessary
continue to move your stencil around until you have covered as much of the card’s surface as you desire
Extra Tips: How do I make it look good?
The key here is not to be too perfect.
1- Don’t re ink your brush each time you fill in a shape- this will give you some tone variation for extra appeal
2- Let your stencil ride off the page around the edges of your card- don’t worry if this means you only get half a shape, it will make your card will look more complete
3- Keep it simple. Too much color, too many shapes- either are a recipe for turning your cute note into a child’s project. White space is good, too.