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How to Make Sticker Resist Art Cards

by Jean Van't Hul
December 21, 2022
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These sticker resist art cards are unique and fun to make. Create starry nights with this quick and easy process.

Updated December 2022

We’ve been trying our hand at homemade Christmas cards this year. There are so many methods to try. But these sticker resist starry night ones are our favorites!

Each card is unique and a surprise, which adds an extra element of fun (and lots of oohing and ahhing). But the actual process is super quick and easy, which makes this a great technique for creating multiple cards.

We plan on using them for Christmas cards, but you could also use them for post-holiday thank you cards, Happy New Year cards, or to make a set of blank greeting cards as a gift.

Or as a one-of-a-kind piece of art, worthy of framing on your wall.

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Sticker Resist Art Cards

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prep your paper

    First, cut the watercolor paper sheets into smaller squares and rectangles, about 3×4″ each. Or you can use blank cards.

    We recommend taping the cards down to the table, to keep them stable and to give them a lovely white border.

    close up of sticker materials

  2. Add stickers

    Stick the star stickers onto your card in any design you’d like.

    adding stickers to card

  3. Add paint

    Paint over the watercolor paper and stickers with watercolors, making sure to use a lot of water to completely cover the paper.

    painting over stickers

    We used night sky shades, like blue, black and purple.

    painting a starry night card

  4. Add salt

    While the paint is still very wet, sprinkle salt over the painting.

    sprinkling salt on card

    Watch how the salt crystals begin drawing the wet watercolors to them, creating a dappled effect.

    sticker resist starry night card

  5. Let dry completely

    Once the art cards are fully dry, gently rub the salt off with your fingers, and then peel away the star stickers. We found that some of the stars stuck better than others, but still created a lovely effect!

    sticker resist starry cards

  6. Add embellishments (optional)

    If you’d like, you can use a marker or pen to make a border around the artwork and add the artist’s name and date. And, of course, add your message on the inside.

These came out so lovely! We can wait to mail them to friends and family!

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

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