Our color of the month is Golden Glow. Gold is an excellent choice for July a month filled with bright sunshine and sparkle! In today’s tutorial, I create this sweet birthday card theme with two puppies that are colored by hand. This time I used a golden color for decorating the background of a cute birthday card. I love how it turned out!
Skill: Intermediate Time: 1 hour
For decorating the card background I used two stencils that I layered on top of each other. I placed the number themed pattern stencil on the card background and masked with a circle stencil. Create the pattern with heat embossing by dabbing clear VersaMark on the background, remove the masks, and heat-emboss the revealed pattern using Gold Embossing Powder.
Place another, slightly larger circle stencil on the heat-embossed area, and inked the round background area with yellow ‘Cantaloupe’ Memento ink. This step made the background less busy, letting the stamped, colored, and fuzzy-cut main images pop. When the background was ready I stamped and colored the puppy images on white cardstock. When fuzzy cutting I left a thin area around the images, which made the cutting a lot easier as not all the finest details needed to be cut out.
The cute puppy stamps are from My Favorite Things Top Dog collection. The extra copies can be used for trying out new color combinations, but they also become handy if something goes wrong with coloring and you need to start over. I used Promarker alcohol markers for coloring, so for stamping it was important to use a water-soluble Memento. Tuxedo Black was just the right choice for that step.
Masking is one of my favorite stamping techniques for cardmaking. It’s a simple way to create a dimensional look and feel, without having to layer and collage fussy cut images. For this technique you don’t need any special supplies; a stamp set, stamping ink, a few sticky notes, and your scissors will be enough!
Skill: Beginner Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Stamp the hot air balloon and clouds on sticky note pages. If the sticky part is only on a portion of the page, make sure to place your stamping close to the paper’s sticky border. Cut out the images.
Stamp the images you want to appear in front on your cardstock and place the fussy cut mask on top, then stamp the second layer. Use Memento in Tuxedo Black for stamping hot air balloons, and Memento in Summer Sky for the clouds. Leave the masks in place.
Color the background using two shades of Memento, Summer Sky and Danube Blue, and a jumbo dauber. Sponge on a hint of white acrylic paint on the inked surface. Remove masks.
Color the front mages with alcohol markers. Stamp sentiment text and the flying birds with black StazOn.
Die-cut a tree-line from dark blue cardstock. Glue it on the bottom of the card. Trim card to size, mat on a piece of dark blue cardstock. Attach to white card base using double-sided tape.
When I first saw the cute gnome stamp set by Joy Clair, I immediately knew what I wanted to create with it–a collage with bright colors! The ‘Gnome Is Where the Heart Is’ stamp set was just perfect to be used in my new Moleskine journal. The art journal spread was fun to make, and now I’m creating a set of gnome cards and ATC’s with a similar layout and look. I’m pretty sure they will turn out nicely, too! Enjoy!
Skill: Beginner/Intermediate Time: 1.5 hours
Take a piece of green cardstock and apply Memento in Bamboo Leaves with an InkBlusher.
Ink the top of the page background with Memento ink in Danube Blue. Whitewash gently with white acrylic paint. Let dry. Stamp the sentiment text on the upper left corner of the page with StazOn inks, they work well on acrylic paints. Create a background hill scenery from leftover cardstock pieces using both solid colors and patterned papers. Glue the free-cut paper slips on the page. Cut oval shaped trees from inked green cardstock. Ink edges, and glue on the page.
Stamp images using Memento in Tuxedo Black and color with alcohol markers. Fuzzy cut, and glue on the page.
Continue to add details as you see fit! Since this is your art journal and you make up the rules, then continue decorating as you desire.
Memento – Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves, Danube Blue
Acrylic paints are perfect for creating patterned backgrounds for cards or art journal pages. However, simple stamping inks and pattern stamps work just as well! When your plan is to create layers of patterns and you don’t have the time nor the patience to wait for the paint layers to dry, just take out your stamping inks and start playing. You will be able to make gorgeous backgrounds in no time at all!
For creating eye-catching backgrounds you don’t necessarily need to use many colors of stamping inks. One or two may be enough; especially for creating a contrast between a colorful main image and a monochromatic background. Furthermore, one stamp color is enough for creating layers of various tones and shades; when stamping with the same color on an already stamped surface the shade will get darker by each layer.
Skill: Beginner Time: 1 hour
Stamp the fox and birthday present images with Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’ ink on white cardstock. Color with alcohol markers, and cut out.
Using grey ‘London Fog’ Memento ink, stamp patterns on the background. Layer different stamp patterns on top of each other. Do not cover the entire background, but leave some areas blank. Stamp the last patterns with ‘Tuxedo Black’ ink.
Layer the presents and hand-torn paper on the card front. Glue with collage glue.
Trim card to the desired size. Mat the card front on a dark green solid color cardstock. Attach to card base.
Welcome to Day Two! We are pairing our ink with Precious Remembrance Shop stamps to make a perfect match! Precious Remembrance is a maker of photopolymer clear stamps that offers a super cute style with a variety of options for cardmaking and scrapbooking. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to leave comments (one per blog, per day) during these 2 days so you can be entered to win a School Days & Totally Stamp Set from Precious Remembrance Shop or a $30 Imagine Gift Card!!! Winners will be announced on the Precious Remembrance and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.
In this week’s blog hop, we are pairing our ink with Precious Remembrance Shop stamps to make a perfect match! Precious Remembrance is a maker of photopolymer clear stamps that offers a super cute style with a variety of options for cardmaking and scrapbooking.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to leave comments (one per blog, per day) during these 2 days so you can be entered to win a School Days & Totally Stamp Set from Precious Remembrance Shop or a $30 Imagine Gift Card!!! Winners will be announced on the Precious Remembrance and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.