Happy New Year! I recently received a lovely package from Paper Artsy and had a fun day in my studio. I created two cards with slightly different takes. Both cards have gel press print backgrounds made with Paper Artsy’s Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint. This was my first time using Chalk Acrylics and I think the end result is beautiful. I used Hey Pesto green, Butternut orange and white for both backgrounds.
For the cards, I stamped and heat embossed the Paper Artsy tree on watercolor paper and colored them with watercolor markers. I then fussy cut the images. The sentiment is Ranger Letter It: Greetings.
For this first card, I also stamped the tree with a script background stamp to enhance the whimsical feel. The card background was stamped with the tree and then my fussy cut panel was added with foam squares for a nice dimensional feel.
For this second card I went for layers. I stamped the tree directly onto the gel print, then added the fussy cut tree on top using foam squares. I also stamped and watercolored a third panel and then fussy cut four aqua segments. These four pieces were adhered on top, so that in some places, the tree has three layers of dimension. I hope you can see that from the photo above.
Multi-Media Collage Companion Card
I had some gel press prints leftover and decided to make a quick collage card. I tore off three pieces of paper (you can see the same green top right and orange bottom edge) and glued it to my panel (3.5″ x 4.75″) with UHU Gel glue stick. This glue stick works amazingly well, I didn’t need to use any liquid medium. I added some gesso, lots of stamping, paint splatters, dots-dashes-coloring (with Inktense pencils). On the top left corner I applied gesso, then did a bit of loose messy watercoloring plus the sentiment.
I had the idea of creating a 3D seaside village for my aunt\’s birthday. She loves watercoloring so that is the technique I chose. I love this beautiful Art Impressions Shoppes stamp set.
I started by stamping the two shoppes with grey ink on Ranger Watercolor paper. Then I used my new watercolors to bring my scene to life. Next, I took another panel of watercolor paper and created my background. After the shop images were dry, I fussy-cut and used foam tape to adhere to the background panel. Last, I stamped the sentiment (WPlus9 – Doodle Buds) in the sky area.
I am happy with the card and hope Aunt Nancy will like it.
Here at Watercooler Wednesday, we are hosting our All About Occasions Challenge.. Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation, there are so many themes you can use to enter.
I purchased Gina K\’s Wreath Builder Stencil a while back and thought it would make a pretty background behind some large blooms from the Create a Smile Botanical Love and In Bloom stamp sets. These are two of my “go-to” floral stamp sets. This is a birthday card for one of my girlfriends.
I stamped the background wreath off center and then trimmed the card base down to 4 x 5 1/4\”. Next I stamped, Copic colored and fussy cut the two blooms and adhered with foam tape. I popped it on a coordinating lavender A2 card and it was ready to send.
I am entering this card in The Create a Smile Friends Challenge. I made this card for one of my girlfriends. UPDATE: This card was selected as a \”Featured Artist\” at Create a Smile.
My daughter adopted a rescue mutt. Tank is a very handsome dog, but since he is not a purebred I had not been able to find a stamp that looks like him. At a Craft Convention I found Friends4Cookie by Stamps of Life and bought the set immediately, because Cookie looks like Tank. So, of course I wanted to make a card for my daughter.
Adorable Mixed Breed Mutt
Since Tank is a reddish brown color, I thought a bright background would make the card more interesting. I used distress ink mini cubes and a wide flat brush to paint a messy rainbow brushstroke background.
I stamped and colored Cookie/Tank, fussy cut the image and then went along the edge with a brown Copic so he wouldn\’t have a white edge. I thought the sentiment was cute so I fussy cut and mounted it as well.
My daughter has the most adorable Corgi, so I wanted her birthday card to feature her beloved \”Newton\”. I recently purchased the MFT Lucky Dog set so that I would have a Corgi stamp. I thought a clean and simple card with just Newton colored (and emphasized) would be a fun look.
I am happy with the way the card turned out and am entering it in several challenges: