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.
It probably goes without saying at this point, that I enjoy creating backgrounds with which to build my card creations.
The "salt technique" is used in canvas painting and I thought I'd adopt it into card making.
You can use water color paper, but I'm not a fan of the texture of watercolor paper so I use regular card stock but "seal" it with watercolor primer (Cosmic Shimmer #CSWCPR01).
Using the Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor paints and a broad brush, I cover the paper as needed for my card project.
I saw a watercolor background technique using the watercolor markers and an acrylic block. So I did that for the background of this card.
The second thing I was wanting to try was use the 3D tab inserts of the box card die to have something dangling from the top of this box card. I accomplished that with this card as well.
The Collection #52 is in from Marianne Designs. The collection consists of four very creative layered stamp collections as well as an absolutely delightful "Tea for Two" collection of tea cups and saucers a tea pot and various pastries ... just like afternoon tea. And lastly the Collectables, which is the 3D layering dies is some barn-yard fun. These Collectable dies are always a favorite here at Ecstasy Crafts, and this collection doesn't dissapoint.
All kidding aside, one of the areas that I find elevates a good card to a great card is the subtlety of paper and the use of patterned paper and how it gives interest and depth to card projects.
It's always nice to get alternative uses for products you have in your craft room to help extend the usefulness of the products you have .... which of course will stretch your budget!
The company I work for has just been given the North American distribution rights to the Claritystamp products. This includes the Clarity Stencil Brushes that are considered the BEST ink application tool for craft stenciling.
I got this stamp at a garage sale, and really had no plans for it but just loved it.
Fast forward to last night and I see this watercolor technique using those stamp positioning tools. Bingo!!
We have been testing out and doing instructional videos on our new Position It "The Ultimate Stamping Tool" and I will admit ... I really didn't think it was a tool I needed. THEN I started playing with it!! Hook, line and sinker, baby ... I am hooked!!