I decided to do something a bit different today. This card has no watercolouring, and a more layered look. It actually is not at all what I was going to make when I started creating. I was initially doing something with the Blissful card kit and some gold heat embossing, but I hit a bit of a wall with regards to what I wanted to do with it. So I set it aside and made this instead!
First I created my white panel. I cut a piece of white card down to size then embossed it with a wood grain embossing folder, then set it aside.
Next I cut down a second, slightly larger panel of the white. I took one of the little diamond stamps from Avery Elle’s Home Sweet Home and repeatedly stamped it over the panel, then heat embossed it in clear. I did start with using my MISTI for the stamping so that the pattern would be nice and uniform, but it was taking too long so I switched and hand stamped it, which does mean it’s a bit less neat. As I knew I would be covering the centre of the panel I skipped stamping and embossing that area, as that way I wouldn’t be wasting ink and embossing powder.
After heat embossing the panel I ink blended over it. I started with a dark navy blue pigment ink and used a make up sponge to start blending along the top of the panel. As I moved down the panel I switched to another blue pigment ink so that I could fade down to a lighter aqua blue. I then took a dry tissue and buffed off the embossing. The pattern that I’d previously embossed resisted the ink, leaving those areas white.
Looking through my snippet folder I found a piece of lime green paper which I cut down to make a strip to go across my card base. I then found a snippet of kraft, matching the card base, and stamped my sentiment onto that. The sentiment is from the same Home Sweet Home stamp set. I then trimmed the sentiment banner down and cut a banner tail into the end of it.
The final element I needed to create was the caravan. I stamped it onto a snippet of grey card, then coloured it with colouring pencils. I picked colours that coordinated with the other elements I’d previously created. I then carefully fussy cut it. Usually when I fussy cut I go right along the line as I find that easiest. This time I left a small border as I cut, which worked a lot better than I expected! I need a bit more practice at it though.
With all the elements ready I started assembling the card. I used my tape runner to adhere the green strip onto the kraft card base. I then used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the ink blended panel, as that allowed me some wriggle room. I went back to the tape runner for the dry embossed panel, then used my glue pen to attach the sentiment banner. For the caravan I used a combination of Tombow and my glue pen, then positioned it such that the sentiment banner appears to ground it. As a final touch I added a layer of Glossy Accents over the windows.
I am pleased with how this card came out. The different elements came together nicely and I do like the colour combination. I also like that this card has a masculine feel to it but it also works well as a gender neutral card.
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