Rainbow Crafty Mail Cards with Erica

Rainbow Crafty Mail Cards with Erica

Hi, hi, hello!!

Brand new DT member Erica here with my first blog post for Picket Fence Studios! If you think I’m excited, you are 100% correct. I have been a big fan since the start and have been lucky enough to have been a guest designer in the past. When I was asked to join the DT I couldn’t stop jumping around like a kangaroo hopped up on coffee! Or at least what I imagine a caffeinated kangaroo looks like.

Before I make a big(ger) fool of myself, I am going to get to the cards I made for this post. I have used my favourite colour: rainbow and some fun sentiments. The stamps are from Crafty Mail and there are some super fun sentiments in this set. A definite must-have for us crafty peeps, for sure.

These cards are quite similar, with a few exceptions. One has gold embossing powder, one has white. One has a black card base, the other one has a white one. One has a huge amount of sequins, while the other one has none. Making cards this way is something I do quite often. I take a basic design, execute it slightly differently, or finish it off with different elements. I love seeing how changing one small thing can change the entire card.

Right, so, back to the actual card making. With the help of my MISTI, I placed and stamped the sentiments on the card panels with VersaMark ink and heat embossed one in Metallic Gold Rich. I left the stamps in the MISTI to make sure both cards had exactly the same spacing.

The other one I wanted to use white EP on and I tend to add that AFTER ink blending and colouring when I was super crisp and white embossing. No matter how much you tidy up the embossing after, it almost always look stained when using strong colours. So to avoid that, I do white after. Before I stamped anything though, I used my anti-static tool very thoroughly all over the card stock.

Both panels were taped down with masking tape as I was going to use water colours. I use an old cutting plate as my backing piece, these are sturdy and I like reusing them for something new.

The water colours I have used are Gansai Tambi 36 pack. I started out by wetting my piece and then adding colours in broad strokes, making sure not to mix the colours too much. I wanted them to blend but not create new colours. While it was drying, I added more colours to make sure they were as vivid as possible.

While the panels were drying, I cut, scored and folded my card bases. I also cut out pieces of foam sheet to go on the back of the water colour panels. I like using this kind of foam tape as it minimises the warping once the background is on the card base.

On the card with the gold embossing, I added a VERY generous amount of Crystal Rainbow Fusion sequins from Studio Katia.

Which one do you like best? I’d love to hear your thoughts as I have a hard time deciding which one I like better out of the two. I also went back and forth between a black or white card base for the second card. In the end, I went for the white one. Did I make the right choice? What do you think?

Thank you so much for stopping by the Picket Fence Studio’s blog today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica



2019-08-27T04:35:57-05:00August 27th, 2019|3 Comments


  1. Amy Tsuruta August 27, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    YAY for Erica! These are beautiful!

    • erica1cacacraft August 27, 2019 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for the support and the lovely comment, Amy!

  2. Kris Reeves August 27, 2019 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Congrats Erica! These are both lovely but I’m partial to CAS (clean and simple) so I like the white embossed one more! Keep up the awesome cards!

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