Two colour cards
I kept my supplies simple recalling back to when I first started making cards as I entered university. To emphasize on the design, keep the focus on the cute critter, I kept the colour to 2 colours with an exception of black for outline and sentiment.
I also used a water brush and the cute little octopus from Australia's owned KaiserCraft. Disclaimer: these are very very simple cards, they are meant for beginner card makers so my descriptions might seem unnecessarily lengthy for experienced crafters. If you fall in the latter category, please feel free to browse through the rest of my collections instead. Thank you.
I made 2 cards to show how the colouring and placement of the sentiment alone can make cards look different.
I began with the image, I stamped it with Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke on a regular smooth 80lb cardstock and let it dry completely. I did have to stamp the image a few times as the distress inks are not the best for stamping.
Next, I squishing my Abandon Coral Distress Ink Pad to a slick surface, I used a Glass Media mat, but a simple acetate sheet will work too, just remember to tape it down so it does not move as you are trying to pick up the colour or your paper. Then using a fine tip aqua brush/ water brush, pick up some colour using the tip and practice making some heat shapes on a scrap piece of paper. Make sure not to squeeze the brush, if the brush tip gets too dry, squeeze a drop of water out on the slick surface and reuse that drop every time the tip gets a little dry or if you need to dilute your ink.
when you are ready, draw your hearts on your card. I drew the hearts in a pattern that it was leading away from the little octopus.
then I squished the Hickory Smoke to the slick surface, using just water I wet each tentacle before introducing the Hickory Smoke to the water. I made sure the surface of the paper was only shiny wet and not dome wet. A paper towel is really handy in such situations. I coloured the rest of the octopus the same way, to make him happy, I added some Abandon Coral to his cheeks.
Lastly, since there is no matching distress cardstock, I made mine by squishing the ink pad on a white piece of paper and let it dry for about 15 mins, I also heat set it just to be safe. I then used a 1.0 black gel pen to write "I love u" and 0.5 black gel pen to write "today, tomorrow, always" on a thin stript of paper which I had lying around.
I cut a banner tail for the "I love you" by marking the centre and making another horizontal line touching both edges, then I cut from that lined edge to the marked centre.
to adhere all of it, I used a mixture of wet and dry adhesive. I used foam to pop up the banner, glue dots for the small sentiments and liquid glue for the panel which I mounted on a Fog cardstock from SIMON SAYS STAMP.
I started this one similar to the last one, I stamped the image first but I used a water-resistant black ink, Blackout from INK on 3. Then I used the Abandon Coral to make a fog like a background around the octopus. I cut out some hearts from the strip of cardstock I had coloured to make the banner piece for the previous card. I coloured the octopus using the wet on wet method where I wet the image first with clean water then add liquid in this case ink to it and let the water do its magic. It gives a really organic and soft look don't you think?
The sentiments were all done the same way, except I changed this one to say "4ever...". When I placed the panel on my card I felt like it didn't stand out enough even with my usual form backing, so I took a radical step and cut myself come cardboard, about a 1 cm thick piece. I cut the piece a little smaller than my panel and curled the edges of my paper to accentuate the lift as well as hid the cardboard. The shadow gives it a well-defined edge which was what I intended.
After adhering everything in place, I used some Glossy Accents on the hearts to give them a little shine.
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