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A challenge to myself...

During the last two months I challenged myself to create cards and bookmarks without buying too many crafty tools!

It's easy to make nice cards when we buy fancy die cuts, colorful scrap paper, flowers and enamel dots, expensive markers or lovely stamps... 

For this project I wanted to rely on my creative side only and realize new pieces mostly with things I already had at home (especially in the kitchen 🤣).

I made a minimal investment of less than 30 Euros and bought a box of 24 Stabilo Swano markers, 1 Xcut alphabet die and a Ranger Glossy accents bottle (small size).

Let's start with the bookmarks!

I'd like to spend few words on the first and third bookmark from the left. For the marble background I've used watercolours and a funny technique which relies on the use of saran wrap...

For this and other funny watercolour techniques please refer to this interesting VIDEO

Cards will follow in the next blog post 😚


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