Bring Your Own Creativity July 2016

July's Prompt   Make a gift for someone - many of us give gifts around the winter holidays, but now it is time give someone a gift out of the blue in the summer.   There were so many directions I could have gone with this prompt, and part of me didn't want to paint something because I painted in last month's challenge, but in the end, I decided to share a bit of what goes on in my home every month: birthday card making.
 

How did your July #BYOCreativity challenge go? I admit I was a little preoccupied with the launch of Operation: Procrastination Shutdown and only got around to finishing my July project last week. But that's all right. One of the goals of this challenge is to make time for creativity. The other goal: make your creativity your own! It is a BYOC party after all.

Read last month's post to learn more about Bring Your Own Creativity.

July's Prompt

 

Make a gift for someone - many of us give gifts around the winter holidays, but now it is time give someone a gift out of the blue in the summer.

 

There were so many directions I could have gone with this prompt, and part of me didn't want to paint something because I painted in last month's challenge, but in the end, I decided to share a bit of what goes on in my home every month: birthday card making.

Each month, I make and send out a birthday card to all the women in my church. I could buy the cards, but it feels more special to make them.

What I Use

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolors
  • Large brushes
  • Embossing "ink"
  • Embossing powder
  • Stamps
  • Heater

Let's Get Crafty

1. I start with painting the background of the cards using the watercolors. (TIP: Tape down your watercolor paper so it doesn't warp while it's wet)

2. After the paper is dry, I use a paper trimmer to cut out the cards. (I buy my envelopes at Hobby Lobby, so I trim the cards to fit in these.)

 

 

3. The next stage is a bit of an assembly line. Each stamp goes onto the embossing ink pad first then onto the card.

4. Next, I dust embossing powder on the wet embossing ink and use the heater to melt the powder.

 

 

5. And I left the final step out of the pictures, but I write a note on each card, seal them up, and mail them at the first of each month.

How to Join the Challenge

1. On the first of each month, all those joining the challenge will share the month’s prompts (you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram for August's prompt).

2. Spend as much time that month brainstorming and exploring using any creative outlet to express the prompt (remember, this is a creative challenge, so run with the prompt any way you want).

3. And by the end of the month, share your BYOC project on your website or social media. If you use Twitter or Instagram, remember to include the hashtags #BYOC or #BYOCreativity, so everyone in the challenge can see!

I can't wait to see what you create!