Today I am sharing some cards that I finally put together. That seems like an odd statement to make, but not if you craft like I do. I craft in stages. It's how my brain works. First, I make a bunch of backgrounds. I love to play with inks, embossing, or watercoloring. For the first card, I used Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks.
I made the second card's background using the Kuretake watercolor paints. One night I might come home from work, and just play with some watercolors. Another night, I might play with distress inks. I make a bunch of backgrounds, letting them dry overnight and put them aside for when I am going to put a card together. This way, each night, I get a little crafting time! My happy time! When I'm making backgrounds, I'm not worried about how I will use them. I will eventually make them into cards. I'm just enjoying the process.
Another night, I will go into my craft room and just color. Right now, I've been obsessed with using the dotting coloring technique....it's VERY technical......I dot color all over the image, combining shades of color. LOL....very technical. It's so relaxing to me. I'm stuck on this method right now because I am enjoying it so much. I have a large stack of images stamped onto white cardstock. I use my white cardstock scraps. This is a great use for them. I stamp several images on a sheet, keeping enough room to die cut out the images. It doesn't matter if the sheets can fit one or five images on them. I use all my scraps! Even those strips can fit a stamped image on them by turning the stamp sideways. I have many matching dies for my stamps to cut out the images later on. Or if anyone likes to fussy cut, you can also fussy cut them.....I don't like to fussy cut, which why I buy matching dies. I use versafine and heat emboss clear embossing powder over it. I find that I like this method best. It works no matter what color medium I decide to use (copics, watercolors, or colored pencils) and it gives the image a little "edge" that makes it easy to color. It helps to stay in the lines so to speak.
For any images that I don't have matching dies, I can use my Brother Scan n Cut or I leave enough room on my sheet to cut the image out with another die, such as a circle or oval die. As I have taken over my kids' playroom, I don't have a dedicated area for my brother scan n cut, which is why I don't use it much. But it is super easy to cut out an image. I will grab it down and set it up when I don't have a matching die for a stamped image.
Another night I will assemble cards. I will take a background that I made previously, add an embellishment (for these examples, I used Lawn Fawn stamped images, and then I add a sentiment from my stamp sets using some more white cardstock scraps.
For this example, I added some googly eyes to my dog. He looks so cute! I loved the intense color I got with my Kuretake watercolor set for the background. For watercoloring, I spray some water into the pans of color. I let it sit for about 30 seconds or so....the more water you use, the less intense the color is. Depends on what look you are going for but either way, watercolors are fun to play with. I loved the blue on this card, I thought it made the tree really stand out.
This next card background uses the reactive tissue paper. I made a bunch of these awhile back and still have lots left to use on cards. I did a blog post on that awhile back, you can read about it: HERE
Barney isn't the only purple dinosaur!!! The dotting coloring technique makes it really fun to play!
And for my last card, I loved the intense colored background. I kept the card simple but added some nuvo drops to the background.
These were all fun cards to make. Creating cards in steps makes the process for me, a lot of fun. I can focus on each element and really enjoy playing!
How do you craft? Do you make a card from start to finish? Or do you craft like I do, in steps? Leave me a comment!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll see you next week with some new projects!
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