Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Christmas Cards in August!

I am going to have no excuses this year! I am getting an early start -for me- on Christmas. Want to know a secret? A friend and I are renting a craft fair booth. I am excited and nauseous all at the same time! There is so much to think about before making anything. What is the Angel Policy on everything I may want to use? How much does each material cost me...the nitty gritty breakdown? Can I consistently recreate this? I am feeling a little overwhelmed. Everything about this is new to me.

Want to see a Christmas card kit idea?

This one has gold glitter paper and vellum bokeh dots and snowflakes.

Here is a little different spin:

This one... gold glitter paste by Viva Decor. Sigh. Pictures do not do it justice. Glitter paste is the most awesome, sparkly, dimensional, beautiful, goopy stuff EVER. If you see it, buy it. Seriously. It spreads on a stencil like warm butter on bread.

So what I am thinking, if it is cost effective, is to combine the two cards...glitter paste with the more dense bokeh effect. I am undecided on the red crystals. I like the pop of color, but then I am left feeling like it needs red somewhere else to balance it out...and I may loose the pristine white feel to the card. The top card just needs something...a ribbon maybe?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Help?


Monday, August 4, 2014

Technique: Distress Ink Minis Watercolor Background

Okay, this may not be what you think about when someone says "watercolor". It is water spreading color around...and the results can be as vibrant or as muted as you would like.

All three of  these cards use the same technique...and the same colors of Distress Minis. Why the Minis? They are the perfect size for a good "Direct to Paper" technique (Apply ink to the paper by rubbing/swiping the ink pad directly on the paper, no other tools necessary.) The one inch raised pad is perfect. You have room to add several bands of color, and the little pad is so easy to control. And a lot of ink gets laid down very quickly. Bonus!

This card has a greeting heat embossed with white embossing powder.

For this card, I added a tag from Bo Bunny's "Lemonade Stand" paper line. I added several colors of glitter to the tag with glossy accents and a fine tip applicator.

This card has the hello sentiment die cut and glued to the top. The white card base has been pressure embossed.

All three cards started on watercolor paper (I've been using Tim Holtz pre-cut watercolor paper because it's easy, but any watercolor paper will work.).I have tried this on a good quality cardstock...and...the color just doesn't move and blend as nicely. You've been warned :)!

To get this vibrant color, put the ink on the watercolor paper by swiping it across the area you want each color. The colors do not need to touch, just  be close. Also, it is not necessary for the color to be a solid stripe and pressed into the paper. Just put it on! Once all your desired color is on the paper, start spraying the water...heavily. At this point, I usually tip the card in several directions to get the colors to blend into each other and move. The temptation to blot is going to be strong...RESIST! Do Not Blot Your Paper EVER, if you want vibrant color. Think of it like erasing...that is exactly what happens. All the beautiful ink is floating on top in pools of water. If you blot, it all comes up. You  may ,very carefully, either blot  or shake the puddles of very dark ink forming at the edges of your paper as it curls. If you accidentally remove too much color from any spot of your card, just spray more water and tip the card to help color flow into that area. It's easy! Really! And very therapeutic.

Once the color looks good, either walk away and let it air dry, or heat dry it with a heat tool. It will take a minute or two, but just keep moving the heat tool around until it is dry.

One thing to keep in mind...remember your color wheel when choosing which colors will be touching and blending. You probably want to avoid making brown.

I hope you give this a try! Even if you don't have the Distress Minis you can still use the side of your ink pad to get smaller swaths of color. If you are using a blending tool, put the color on heavy...really heavy.

Until next time,


Tools Used

  • Distress Ink Minis kit #1 and #2 (the Mowed Lawn is in kit 2)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Water mister and water
  • Heat gun

To see a list of all projects that use this technique, CLICK HERE