Hi crafty friends! What to do with leftovers? I had quite a few florals left over from another project and of course I didn’t want to throw them out after all the work I had put into creating them – mainly cutting them out!
Hello crafters! I had a craving for a card with many layers after keeping it pretty one-layer recently. Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh is an amazing crafter and she excels at adding lots of layers to cards but still keep them clean and simple and I am constantly thriving to emulate her style because I like it so VERY much. I am the proud recipient of some her cards, and I constantly refer to them for inspiration and to learn how to improve my own crafting. Today’s card was inspired by Paulina’s style:
As you can see, I tried to keep my overall design very clean and simple looking, despite all the layers. It was clear to me that I needed to stick to a simple color scheme as to not overwhelm myself and the recipient and the cute bunny from Purple Onion Designs just needed some pink. Well, lots of pink! It contrasts nicely with the yellow-green on the bunny and who doesn’t love a pink accent on their card?
Hi crafty friends! Today I have a card that was heavily inspired by the amazing Marika Rahtu. If you’ve never heard of her – gasp!! Something you should correct immediately, since her colorations, especially for Altenew, are breathtaking and real works of art. I keep struggling to copy her techniques, but I’m having a really hard time to get similar results to hers. Practice makes perfect, so I keep trying 🙂
This card, and the coloring on it, was inspired by this project Marika shared recently. I watched fascinated as she built up color and created such a realistic and dynamic flower. I have given this technique a few tries since then and failed until now. I usually used too much color, had too few highlights, or didn’t dare to go dark enough in my shadows. Two nights ago, I decided to go for it again and this time it worked!
I started out by stamping the outline of the flower in a light yellow distress ink and used a water brush to pull in the color from the stamped line into the shadow areas. I made sure to leave white areas on the petals where the highlights would be. That first step took me about twenty minutes, and then I added some distress ink in an orange hue to some plastic and picked it up with my water brush. I added that color to the shadow areas, again making sure to not extend it too far so I’d have space for the highlights.
I repeated this process with two brown distress inks – the first one wasn’t dark enough to emphasize the shadows, and the second one was super dark and I had to be careful to not overdo it. I actually added a bit of the first ink (a light yellow) after everything else had dried to warm up the image again. I strongly recommend watching Marika’s video to get a better understanding of the process, and I can only impart on you how important it is to not work in neighboring areas since colors will bleed into each other when wet.
Lastly, I grabbed my Inktense pencils and added some details to the petals of the flower, leaves, and berries – you can use any colored pencils you like! I didn’t active the Inktense with water, just used them for details. As for the berries – I stamped the image in a very light distress ink, and then added some half-circle lines with a darker distress ink and my brush to create the illusion of round berries. Took a leaf out of Dawn’s (Wplus9) book because she excels at that and keeps me amazed at her techniques.
I finished the card off by lightly spritzing the painting with Perfect Pearls – from a distance, and then moving my painting through the mist in the air! If you are too close, you will re-activate the water color and make it run! I die cut a border with a border die set by Pretty Pink Posh, and then added a few sequins, droplets, and a sentiment (also by Pretty Pink Posh) to finish off the card.
I hope you enjoyed the card as much as I did making it! My respect for Marika has now reached immeasurable heights as I only starting to grasp the intricacies of painting the way she does.
I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: Time Out #51 since I used both masking (covered up the petals to stamp the leaves) as well a spring theme (flowers!!); this card is also going to the Stempelküche #39 challenge “Stitched” since I used those gorgeous Pretty Pink Posh dies with a stitched border.
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.