If you're anything like I am, you're always looking for easy and cheap ways to relieve stress. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy (activities like coloring, etc.) is a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem."
Seriously, what better way to show someone you care about them than by such a simple, yet thoughtful mini gift like these cards they can color in? I love giving these as stocking stuffers, it takes just a couple of moments to stamp the image on card stock and you can throw in the new SU watercolor pencils or markers. You can add your personalized message inside for the recipient and let them color some of their stress away =)
I do recommend using Staz - On ink, so that it doesn't muddy up the lines when...
I know it's fairly premature, but it's been quite sometime since I looked forward to the holidays, so I decided to take full advantage of my Christmas mood in November =)
Ever since Stampin Up came out with the Foxy Friends stamp set and punch, I've been in love with the little fox, so I of course had to get Cozy Critters too when it came out! I won't lie, I had a lot of fun making this piece, even if the background did take me a couple of days of working on it to get it to close to perfect in my eyes.
I used very vanilla cardstock and embossed it with the Woodland Textures embossing folder after sponging Soft Sky, Night of Navy, and Blackberry Bliss onto the folder (after taping the tree knots so they wouldn't transfer those colors as well). Once I ran it through my Big Shot, I ran over the ink with an Aqua Painter just to make the transition of color more blended.
Once that was all dry, I used Chocolate Chip ink on a blender pen on the tree knots so they wouldn't all be the same color....
I don't know about you, but Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. There's a nice chill to the air, the colors of Fall are taking over the trees and you get an excuse to eat candy and dress up...what is there not to like?!
For this piece, I used some understated damask paper and crumpled it up and then Mod Podged it to a frame. I used the SU stamp sets Toil and Trouble and Toxic treats, as well as the stamp set from the Paper Pumpkin Boo-Tiful Bags & Halloween Project Kit. Since the paper was slick from the Mod Podge, I used Staz On for the frame, and for the inside, I used Tangelo Twist and some cobweb washi tape, as well as some rust colored gems.