No, this isn't a topic about New Year resolutions and diets! Today's topic is about cardmaking using techniques that don't allow paint and ink to adhere to certain areas of the paper. Here's the back story...
My sister asked me to craft with her and her 92 year old MIL who has Alzheimer's. I've enjoyed two crafting sessions so far and appreciate how having a paper craft background, the experience of creatively engaging my own son many years ago, and good old Pinterest were useful resources in planning our time together. We were occupied with craft fun for well over 3-1/2 hours each time!
Our project began with an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of watercolor paper and a white crayon. TIP: Don't have a white crayon? Experiment with any color crayon! You can also use sealing/canning wax! We later realized that MaryJane (the MIL) was working on a sheet of copy paper that was on top of the watercolor paper. But, as it turned out, we made her sheet into 2 envelopes to hold the cards!
I'm sad I didn't take photos of her beautiful envelopes. We ended up using leftover strips from the watercolor paper to trim the envelope flap as well as decorate the left side of the front of the envelope. I will be repeating this activity with her and promise to take photos!
Here are two of the cards showing the unfinished and finished versions.