I love fall, it's my favorite season. So when it's time to start with fall cards, I'm all in.
Set out to make use of the Cosmic Shimmer ink colours that came in a couple of months ago. I used a full A4 sized sheet of paper and painted the "Sunshine" in the middle, the "Lime" on either side of the Sunshine and then the "Electric Blue" on the top and bottom. Then I spritzed the same colour portions with the same series of Misting Inks and toped the whole background with the Mica Mister in Gold, just to give it a bit of "zing". I cut the paper into 4 equal sizes to allow me to make 4 different cards with this background
For me, part of the joy of paper crafting is the long, laborious task of the design. It is at least 2 hours to design a card but more like 3 hours. I love this time. I love labouring over colour choices, I cut out dies and then rethink them and cut others. Lay them out on the card, stand back, look at it, rearrange, etec. I feel that if I haven't spent 3 hours on a card, I haven't done my job.
Our friends at Frog's Whiskers practically spoon fed me a blog topic! I recieved an email from Frog's Whiskers this week with some lovely card samples attached. And it got me thinking, aside from the superior quality of their stamps, one aspect of their stamps that I find valuable, is that many are designed to work in combination to create a scene. So you can customize your card scene to suit your personal preferences based on the stamps that are available and that suit your fancy.
Had myself a bit of fun with some of the summer dies from Marianne and Joy (well mostly Marianne). Using my favorite "box card die" (CR1374), I went to town with the background sheet from Marianne .... which appears to be for use in the box card die as it fits the back perfectly!. There are three to choose from in the May sheet (AK0067).
I blogged the other day about the Stained Glass Bonsai using PVA glue and having to improvise.
An entry from Sue Wilson's Particraft blog, using the Stained Glass Bonsai Tree, came up in my newsfeed and it caught my attention:
One of our card designers is so quick to be able to come up with card ideas. Virginia whipped together these adorable cards in minutes ... all without the use of dies, emobssing folders, inks or any special equipment.
We've been playing with the structure paste and quite enjoying the varied uses in cardmaking.
A lesson to be learned!Substrate: noun
a solid substance or medium to which another substance is applied and to which that second substance adheres.
Case in point my latest watercolor technique. This blog wasn't going to be about paper and the significant role it plays in your card projects .... but I figured why waste a good learning opportunity.
(of a material, substance, or byproduct) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process.