Today we have two fantastic papercrafting projects that show off our Color of the Month Aubergine! Elina has crafted an encouragement card using a layered stencil technique and Renee lays down mixed media mayhem with a princess theme tag.
Create an Encouragement Card with Beautiful Purple Hues by Elina Stromberg
Our October theme color is the beautiful Aubergine. It’s rich, dark purple tones took my mind to the dark autumn nights, candlelight, coziness, and relaxation. Those warm thoughts were the inspiration for this card project.
I started the card with decorating the background. I layered two stencils on the background; leaf pattern against the purple cardstock, and circle stencil on top. I dabbed VersaMark ink through the stencil and heat-embossed the pattern with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Layering stencils is a simple technique for creating beautiful background elements.
Bird and feathers are stamped and colored with alcohol markers, and cut out with a die-cutting machine, using the matching dies. Cheesecloth is a nice decoration element to use on cards: It does not increase the dimension too much and it’s lightweight, so your cheesecloth decorated project will easily fit into a standard mailing envelope. White cheesecloth can easily be dyed to match the color palette of your project; this time I used Lilac Walnut Ink for tinting the fabric.
- Cardstock – Purple
- Cardbase – White
- Pronty – Leaf Pattern stencils
- Spellbinders – Sparrow stamp and die set
- Stamping Bella – Sentiment text stamp
- Alcohol markers
- Sizzix – Leaf die
Aubergine Mixed Media Princess Tag by Renee Zarate
Create an unusual gift tag using a variety of purple inks to create an Eggplant or Aubergine color saturation. This tag design uses embossing powder for texture, cardboard doll figures as a centerpiece, stamps, sequins and a huge list of mixed media products too long to mention.
I started by inking a small amount Memento Elderberry ink and three times as much Memento Sweet Plum ink on my craft mat and then sprayed a small amount of water on the inks and dragged a piece of Mixed Media paper over the inks. Since Memento is water based the inks blend quickly. The inks marbleize as the tag is repeatedly dipped into the mixture. To speed up the drying, I set colors with a heat tool then die cut with a tag die.
Then I prepared the doll figure with gesso or white ink, stamp interesting images on the dress portion and used a washi tape face on the doll. If you have drawing skills you can also simply draw a face on the doll piece or stamp. Using Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, I stamped a texture stamp on the left side of the tag. Then I used StazOn Royal Purple to stamp script on top of the texture stamping. Since StazOn is a solvent ink, it should not interact with Memento and will provide distinct layering. Apply Clear embossing powder and melt with a heat tool. To contrast the purple hues, I stamped Delicata Golden Glitz (pigment ink) with different texture stamps randomly on the tag. Then continued to distress the edges with Sweet Plum and Royal Purple inks. Finally, I added doll and the stamped phrase, “It’s not easy being a princess,” with sequins, twine, and staples to the tag.
- Memento Luxe – Elderberry, Sweet Plum
- StazOn – Jet Black, Royal Purple
- Delicata – Golden Glitz
- On Point Glue
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Craft Mat
- Small dauber
- White gesso
- Black gesso
- Sizzix – Tag die
- Diecutting machine
- Cardboard dolls
- Jane Davenport – washi tape
- Dina Wakley – texture stamps, script stamp
- Heat tool
- Spray bottle (water)
- Strathmore Mixed Media paper