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Watercolor Thank-You Card

Hello! I’m Nikkol. I design wedding invitations and stationary and blog at Peter Loves Jane.  I’m happy to be guest posting at The Paper Mill Store blog today.  Hopefully you have all had productive weekends and are getting ready to tackle those last few things on your to-do list.  I have an incredibly easy DIY to share with you today that might help with some of your list!  I’m going to show you how to make a hip and homemade card for any occasion.



After you’ve cut your card stock to a 5×7″ size, simply score it in the center and fold it. Then write “Thank you” (or Happy Mother’s Day, Happy Father’s Day…you get the idea) with the wax stick. This can be a little intimidating because you can’t really see what you are writing and once you start writing, you must keep going. If you stop and try to be a perfectionist, it won’t work. In fact, it will not fit a perfectionists dream at all. Give it a shot, though. The more you try, the better you get! If you have a real aversion to your own handwriting, an easy solution is to print out what you want to say in your favorite font and then layer the card stock on top of your print out, hold it up to a window (or lightbox, if you have one) and trace!


Next, simply paint right over the card in whatever color makes you happy – I chose Vermilion with a #12 round brush. I recommend testing your paint colors on a scratch paper prior to painting your card so you don’t have any surprises.

After painting, let it dry.  You may want to lay a couple of books on either side so that it doesn’t warp from the water while it dries.  Although, if it does, simply stack a few books on top of it after it’s dry to help flatten it out again.  I recommend testing your paint colors on a scratch paper prior to painting your card so you don’t have any surprises.


Finish it off with a lovely note on the inside and make someone’s day.  Thank you to The Paper Mill Store for having me today. Enjoy the rest of your day and make sure to let the National Card and Letter Writing month of April be your inspiration to tell someone how much you appreciate them.

Nikkol Christiansen

I'm Nikkol, a designer and creative entrepreneur. I started an online magazine, Beloved, in 2011 and run the blog, Peter Loves Jane. I specialize in custom wedding invitations and am launching my first stationery line this year! My kids and husband are my greatest joy. After that, I love rainy days, good food and great conversation.