We all love getting a handmade card, there is so much thought and love that goes into making a card especially for you. I have made this one for a very special friend. Our Mood board has striking colours and the word 'Relax', and I'm sending wishes of fun and relaxation to my special friend who works so hard.
This month over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking we are lucky to have 2 amazing sponsors for our March Challenge. This project uses Imaginarium chipboard and I'm looking forward to using Memory Maze Chipboard in my future OTR challenge inspiration as they are sponsoring in the next few months.
Products I used included:
- White Card stock 15cm x 21cm - folded to make a card.
- Ranger 'Multi Medium Matte' Gel
- Credit card or scrapper to apply gel medium to cardstock
- Linda Stamp gang Magicals- 'Tibetian Poppy Teal' & 'Pondarosa Pines Olive'
- Water spray bottle and a paint brush that will hold LOTS of water (to borrow a phrase from my scrapping buddy Fiona Paltridge... "Water is your friend". Thanks for teaching me that Fiona. <3
- DecoArt Medium- 'Crackle Paste' White.
- Stencil - Crafters workshop 6"x6" 'Mini Texturized'
- Kaisercraft 6"x6" paper collection - 'Kaleidoscope' & "Sandy Toes" & 'Vibrant Turquoise'
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Dirty Martini' and 'Black Marble'
- Dina Wakley White Gesso
- Feathers collected from the local park with my grandkids.
- Selection of small beads and glitter; I used Czech beads and glitter I brought from 'Lincraft'
- Imaginarium ' Deco Oval'- I cut one in half as I only wanted some to peek out from behind the paper stack.
- Black cotton
- StazOn Ink Black
- 'Glossy Accents' glue from Ranger
- Cardboard for lifting your feature paper pieces and heading
- Cherub embellishment ' Steampunk' by Solid Oak
1. Cover the surface of the card with a thin layer of Multi Medium Gel
2. Add a small amount of water into a palette and add a very small amount of 'Magicals' into the water, it is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way.
3. Spray your paper lightly with water and load your brush with water. Dipping your brush into your paint use dabbing motions to add your paint to the paper. You can spray more water at different angles to make it spread and if you get too much on your paper you can use a wet one to absorb some off your paper. I like to pick up my paper and move it around to get drips and runs. If you splat the paint with water &/or with another colour you can get extra patterns form in the paint. It's all about practice and playing to get use to how water & paint work together.
4. When your paint is dry, place the stencil onto the paper where you want the chosen pattern to be and using a spatula smear the Crackle Paste over evenly. Remove the stencil and allow to dry.
5. While you wait, chose your papers and I tore them into stripes instead of cutting it as I wanted a rough effect not straight lines. When the crackling is dry, layer your long lengths of paper along the folded edge and glue down. Using a spatula you can smear White Gesso over the edges to soften the colours of your papers, it's up to you if you how much you put on and how thickly.
6. In the palette add some Multi Medium Matte and mix in some coloured beads and using the spatula to add them to your card. I followed the lines of the centre of my paper strips. The medium will dry clear. I added a few beads of each colour and small amount of glitter on after putting the medium on.
7. Break the Imaginarium Chippy oval into half and stamp on StazOn Ink. By giving it a coat of Gloss Accents glue it will dry to give it a glossy and 3 dimensional effect. It does take a while to dry so while you wait you can edge each piece of your paper you want to stack together with white gesso, edge your card with StazOn Black Ink.
8. Place your feathers onto some paper toweling and spray them with 'Dirty Martini' and 'Vibrant Turquoise' Distress ink. I was surprised that the Turquoise came out more blue than I expected but it was perfect match for the Magical ink.
9. Time to put it all together, layer each of your elements where you want to like it , move it around until you are happy and glue it down. Don't forget to put your cotton behind your paper layers and place pieces of cardboard behind your picture paper and title to give your card added dimension and height.
Here are some closeups for you to take a closer look:
Thanks for dropping by and checking out my latest tutorial and I hope you have been inspired to try something new and join us in the challenge world of scrapbooking. Looking forward to seeing your entry in this months challenge over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking challenge blog.