Saturday, April 2, 2016

Stormy Days

My brother is having a really rough week. He received a serious injury to his left hand that has required surgical repair. And he has a long road to recovery in front of him. I wanted to make him a card to let him know I was thinking about him.

A sorry this happened/feel better/hang in there card is by no means my favorite kind of card to make but I thought this particular stamp set was perfect. The set is called The Great Outdoors by My Favorite Things.

The sentiment I chose to use says, The rainbows of life follow the storms. Very fitting, don’t you think? A loving reminder that this too shall.

 

 

 

 

 

Although the reason I needed to make this card is sad, putting a card together and using a fun technique is always a bright spot in my day. So let’s talk about how I made these stormy, shaded clouds.

I used my cloud die cut plate, from My Favorite Things and used it two different ways. First I used it to cut out myself a template, pictured on the right. Then I used it as an embossing plate, to impress the cloud image, but not cut all the way through, pictured on the left.

 

Next I placed the template I had made over the embossed clouds and used a sponge and ink pad to add a little stormy color to the underside of my cloud bellies. The ink color I used here is Soft Sky from Stamping Up. After picking up the ink on my sponge I always make sure I tamp my sponge off first on my work paper before adding the color to my card. I wanted to color to be light, not dark. And I can always add more ink, but once it is there you can’t take it away if you accidentally get it too dark.  And I always use a circular motion when I apply the ink from my sponge. I feel like this helps give the softer, blended feel to the ink application.

clouds colored

I finished inking up all my cloud bellies and removed the cloud template and here is what it looked like. It turned out great! Just the way I was hoping. You know how you see something in your minds eye…it turned out just like I was envisioning it. Have you ever seen the storm clouds rolling in? The cloud bellies swollen with all the rain they are holding? I loved it! Now, what to do with these fabulous storm clouds?

time to decorate

I had a pretty good idea about what I wanted to use based on the sentiment I had chose. Sometimes you might be inspired by a gorgeous patterned pattern, a fabulous die, even a particular color combination. But remember for me it was the sentiment that came first. Storms and rainbows pretty much says it all quite simply. (And effectively I might add.) So I grabbed some more dies I had. All these dies, the rainbow, clouds, sun and fresh cut grass also came from My Favorite Things. I thought the twine would add a little cheerful touch, I got mine from The Twinery.  Now came the fun part of designing it. I just played around until I had a layout that made me smile and I grabbed my adhesives.

I inked up my sun for a little depth and contrast and popped him down with some foam tape. Added a few pieces of opaque sequence for a little sunny pizzazz! I popped the rainbow as well, trimming off the bit of over hang that was on the right side of the card. And the final touch I added was washing over my rainbow with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. You can find these glitter brushes at many scrapbook and paper crafting stores now-a-days. Stampin Up sells it for sure. That was pretty much it. I tied up a bow with my twine and it was ready. I’m sure it will put a smile on my brother’s face when he opens the mail.

Do you have any large die plates? This was a great technique to create a really unique background. Give it a try the next time you don’t have the perfect patterned paper to complete your card. Or maybe you are looking to make a one of a kind mat for your scrapbook page layout. It would be perfect for that too!

Ohhhhh, can you seen using a geometric shape embossed on your cardstock and using your inks to create an ombre effect background? Or maybe blending one color from the top and a second color from the bottom of your shape??? My goodness, I think I need to get to my studio to try these. I’ll share, don’t worry! The possibilities are endless! Have fun!!

Happy Crafting! Shan

5 comments:

  1. Another fabulous card by an awesome designer!!!

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  2. Beautiful card!! Thanks for the tips. You're always thinking.

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  3. Great card! Thanks for card and tutorial I can follow.

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  4. Great card! Thanks for card and tutorial I can follow.

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