Welcome back happy crafters, to start off April 2019 I have a fun little card using a digital image from Sparkle and Sprinkle. This card has quite a few steps and require some careful assembling. If you are a beginner and would like to have a go at it, by all means. Feel free to shot me a comment if any of the instruction is unclear but I was targeting this tutorial for a intermediate crafters with some knowledge of basic card making skill, otherwise this tutorial would be too long.
I picked the colours to highlight the beauty of colouring with grey tones and how it can really emphasize the other colours in your image. Who said leaves had to green!
This card is sponsored by Sparkle and Sprinkle. I used their digital image Lovely Magnolia and created a background which I printed on an A4 cardstock. The item also comes with already coloured pink, white and yellow magnolias, you will need a colour printer for that. I also love how the digital image comes with and without leaves, so if I wanted to make a 3D image, I don't have to fiddle around to remove the leaves.
In order to make the pattern look random, I changed the size of the magnolia image as well as rotating it every time I "stamped" in my 3D Paint software on Windows. I have also tried a similar method with Adobe Illustrator but did not like the result as much. I will need to practice more on that software.
After printing it out on my Laser printer, I colour the flowers with ZIG REAL BRUSH PEN in the colour of Light Grey, Flesh Colour, Light Carmine, and Grey Brown. I then used a water brush to soften the edges on the Flesh colour on the petals. For the leaves,
I started with the light Light Grey then drew a shadow near the petals with the darker grey, Grey Brown. I used the Light Grey to go over the leaf again and soften out the harsh line, allowing the colours to blend. I coloured the stamens with Light Carmine to give it a pop of brightness.
When the flowers were completely dry, I used my FRISKER cutter to trim the piece to 4.5 by 4.5 inches. Then I used MY FAVORITE THINGS Stitched Square Frames die to cut out 3 square frames. I used the largest and smallest dies in the set. I wanted a large middle frame and using the middle sized frame would give me too many slimmer frames. I used some purple tape to hold everything together while it went through the machine and die cut another 3 frames with the dies from scrap cardstock.
To assemble the card, I cut a piece of clear acetate at 4 by 4 inches. I adhered it to the back of the first stitched frame. Then using the 2nd largest scrap frame as a guide, which I placed inside the 1st stitched square, I adhered the 2nd stitched frame. Making sure that the overall image was still in the right orientation.
I cut myself a 9 by 4.5-inch white cardstock and scored it in the middle to make a square card. I adhered the outermost frame, then used the scrap stitched frame as a guide to adhere the remaining frames and the final square in the middle. I used liquid glue and keep using the acetate adhered frames to check for spacing and orientation of the background.
Because I could not find a 1/4 inch foam tape, I made mine from cutting my foam sheet into strips and adhering them together to make them a little taller. I made enough to go around both the stitched square frames.
I made sure there were no gaps at the joints and was careful not to let the foam strips fold or bend upwards. I then adhered it to the card, where the white places were visible from the stitch frames. I then added a thin 1/4 inch white cardstock strip to the sides on the larger foam square to make the project need from every angle. On the underside of the stitched frame, I added double sided tape to both the frames on the acetate.
The double shaker element is having the smaller shaker compartment within the bigger shaker frame. You could also add a special trinkle such as a charm or different types of sequins to make the smaller shaker standout.
When the glue dried on the foam, I chose some sequins, beads and glitter. I filled the squares separately and made sure there were no gaps in the foam. Before putting the acetate cover on, I carefully dusted the top in the foam to remove any glitter, then adhered it down.
Lastly, for the sentiment, I chose "congratulations" from THE TON, Special Day Lanterns. I started with ARCHIVAL INK Shadow Grey then used a wet wipe stained with some Onyx black and dabbed along the bottom edge of the sentiment, giving it an ombre effect. I then fussy cut around the word and adhered it with some liquid adhesive.
One last look at the finished card. I also made other cards with the remaining of the coloured pattern paper. I don't have a tutorial for them but drop me a comment if you are interested to know how to make them. Hope you like the cards.
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Hello happy Crafters, hope you are having a cooler day than I am while I was making this card. I live in Melbourne and it has been HOT out here lately. 38 degrees today!! I needed something blue and cool to look at. So I made a mostly blue card with a hit of copper using my favorite medium, water colours! I have hear many crafters talk about having difficulties finding inspiration for masculine cards and I thought I will steer the card in that direction today. Hope you love it.
To make a water colour card, you need suitable watercolour paper, I choose THE PAPER MILL 300gsm art journal watercolour paper as I knew I won't be using too much of water and I am not doing too much of layering. It is a good weight and has medium texture exactly what I needed for this card as it gives texture without me doing anything.
I used an embossing folder I got from CRAFTONLINE, unfortunately, there is no brand name on the embossing folder itself, so I have no clue who it belongs to. If you do, drop me a message in the comment section. I liked the hanging floral image and who says men don't like flowers. I used my SIZZIX Big Shot and a tan embossing mat to emboss the paper. I had to run it through a few times and remove an extra tab so the sandwich was not too tight which would have caused the paper to crack or tear.
After I was satisfied with the depth of the embossing, I used a SPELLBINDER's die to cut out a part of the embossed image. I also trimmed the whole embossed image down so that it would fit an 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch size white card base while leaving a medium size border. I positioned the die to the right and not in the middle to make it a little more interesting.
To watercolor the card, I use GANSAI TAMBI watercolours. I mainly used the blues, a little bit of black, some of the copper and some of the white to make splatters. I have a colour palette on the right which shows me what the colours look like after it has dried and how transparent they are.
While I was making splatters, I accidentally made a boo-boo on my card as seen on the left. so to mask it, i just made it look like a leaf. I used a water brush and used the same colours and added another leaf on top of it to make it look more intentional. We all make boo-boos, just learn to include them in your design. In the end, this is how the water colouring turned out to be. Any part of the flowers which were squashes in the processes where revived when I ran the whole piece through the embossing folder again after it had COMPLETELY dried. DO NOT emboss wet paper, it will tear and you will be sad!!! Speaking from experience.😢
I used MY FAVORITE THINGS Essential Sentiments on SIMON SAYS STAMP After Midnight cardstock. I clear embossed with RANGERS fine embossing powder. I preheat my heat gun before taking it to my paper to reduce warping of the paper. I was not sure which sentiment to use so I made 3 and there are photos of the card with each of the sentiment below.
The 2 other sentiments I use most from this set. A really good set to have, especially for beginners or if your are on a tight budget.
The embossed part on the white did not photograph well, but you can see it in the picture below the slideshow. To put it all together, I used double sided tape to adhere the water colour panel to the white card base, added some foam to raise the white embossed area and added the sentiment with some liquid glue from GINA K DESIGNS.
Thank you so much for spending your time with me. I hope the tutorial was helpful. Sent me any questions you may have about the project or if you decide to make something similar, send me a picture. I would love to see it. Do consider to subscribe if you would like to be notified of new post. Till then, happy crafting.
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