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DIY Personalized Notecards

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

I love personalized notecards with names and monograms, they add something extra special to written correspondence. I decided to make my own notecards with designs I created so I that I had an abundance of choices when I needed to print and send a quick note as a thank you or to attach to a gift.

Adding fonts or typography to images can be done with Photoshop or Illustrator but many people don’t have access to that software. You can do it with Microsoft Word too as long as you have a template to start with and use the Text Box tool. Here’s how I created all of these personalized note cards with downloadable templates and Microsoft Word.

diy personalized notecards with microsoft word

  personalized notecards diy

 

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Nailpolish Abstract Art

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

While working on the revamp of the guest room (oldest daughter’s room when home from college) I wanted to add some unique (and cheap!) abstract art. It’s easy to take out a paintbrush and just go for it (find great tutorials here) but instead I decided to get busy with some dollar store nailpolish and created these two abstracts on canvas.

nailpolish abstract art on canvas

 

Yes, that is nailpolish! I love the shimmery enamel finish and the raised texture you get when it dries. It’s very Jackson Pollock-ish with the random swirls, drips, and splatters.

To recreate, here’s what you need: a blank canvas from a craft or art store; nailpolish from the dollar store, local pharmacy, or your stash; background latex or craft paint and a foam brush (optional); newspaper or tarp. nailpolish art supplies

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