Shoestring DIY: Homemade Note Cards

I just wrapped up a lot of writing projects, including a recent in-depth music review for Shoestring News, so this weekend needed to reconnect with my artistic side. I'm making cards to send to my friends and family because snail mail is good for the soul in this hectic email & text-driven world and I'm using art supplies I have on hand. Such spluge purchases easily gather dust so gotta use'em up! For this project I'm using water color paper, water color pencils and q-tips/cotton balls to help smudge & spread the pigment:

I love my bumble bee! Next step is to give it a face.

These folding tools enable you to make clean, sharp creases in paper & cardstock. I already had these in my bag of tricks at home too. I bought them a few years back at Paper Source, where I took a stationery making workshop.

Whether large or small, art feeds the soul so look around your house and see what you can make today! And even if your aren't inclined to make a card, send one! People love to get "fun mail" and it happens so rarely these days. And you don't need to break the bank on expensive cards either. There are lots of darling options for under a dollar at major retailers. Or better yet buy a pack of cards and save. Happy creating and communicating, Shoestringers!



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