Hello there! Today I have a very clean and simple card for you which received some additional specks of color as an afterthought to enhance it and make it more interesting.
First of all, to create the wash of color behind the deer, I used the same technique that Laura Bassen excels at: ink blending. I am tapping off the blending tool before taking it to paper to make sure I don’t end up with ugly blobs of color. In addition, I like to spritz my distressed background with Perfect Pearls mist to make the colors blend even better.
As you saw in the video, I did color the deer twice. I sometimes seem to go overboard with contrast, and this time I ended up with an image which was way too dark for my taste, so remember: you can always add in more dark colors, you just can’t really make it lighter! Rather go over it another time or a third time than to add too much dark color right away.
Originally, my card didn’t have any of that rainbow paper. I thought I was done with the card, but I kept returning to it because I felt it was just missing something. In the end, I cut a strip of the rainbow paper (AC Dear Lizzy “Striped Straws”) and adhered it to the long edge, and the left over was pushed underneath the black banner. It’s just a tiny thing, but believe me when I say it made a huge difference.
So, don’t be afraid to alter your cards even when you think you are done. Your gut will most likely know what it’s doing 🙂