Thursday, April 28, 2016

Faux Print Look

One of the things I enjoy doing is checking the blogs of artists whose work I admire. I appreciate their creativity, and learn from their generous sharing of knowledge.

I recently saw a blog post from a paper artist in Europe. Her style is so bright and fun, and she often uses paint to create the backgrounds for her stamped cards. I was intrigued by a card she posted recently, and she included a link to the artist's video that demonstrated the technique she used, called the faux print look.

Here is a link to her blog post: And here is the link to the video tutorial she referenced:

I was impressed with how easy she made it look, and couldn't wait to give it a try. I got out the very simple supplies needed: cardstock, acrylic paint (the cheap craft paint works fine), and an old plastic gift card.

Following her directions, I spread thin layers of paint across the surface of the cardstock, leaving a white border around the edges. Because the paint is so thin, it dries very quickly. It is so easy to make several backgrounds at once and have some on hand.

I love the way it turned out! I wanted to use it in a card to submit for a Facebook challenge with the Unity Show & Tell group. This particular challenge was to use one of the "Unity Girl" stamps - there are so many, but I only have a few. I thought this particular one (Maple Girl) would look nice against the painted background. I stamped it with Ranger Archival ink - since the face is tilted slightly towards the right, I placed the image to the left of my painted panel. 

I also used a Unity text stamp (Vintage Handwritten) in the background, around the main image - to keep it light, I stamped off on scrap paper before stamping on the panel. The sentiment is from a recent kit called "Sometimes I Wonder". I stamped that on a scrap of white cardstock, and blended Distress Peacock Feathers ink over it to get that shade of blue. I trimmed it down with some old decorative scissors from Stampin' Up!, and stitched it down to the main panel. 

After trimming, the stamped panel seemed a little short, so I got some scrap lace trim out to fill up that extra space at the bottom. I figured that the sewing machine was the best way to attach it, so I used deliberately messy stitching and  black thread to sew it down and create a frame around the card at the same time. I glued it down to some mustard colored cardstock, and left it under a book overnight to dry completely.

After posting it in the Facebook group, I received several nice comments, so I thought I'd put it out here for everyone. I appreciate that others shared what they did so that I could learn and benefit from it!

Hope your week is going well - I know I'm looking forward to the weekend!


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Quick Card

I'm popping in with a quick card this afternoon. We are enjoying a lovely spring rain outside, and it seemed like a good time to have a little creative fun.

This morning at church, I saw someone who can't be there very often, due to poor health. She was so excited to tell me that she's been feeling much better recently. I am happy for her, and thought she would appreciate a card.

I recently got a new stamp set from Unity Stamp called "Sometimes I Wonder", and this is the first time I've used it. It has several cute images - I especially like the bird I used for this card. The sentiment is also from Unity Stamp, and I thought it reflected her happiness and acknowledgement of God's healing.

This was a super quick and easy card. After stamping with black Archival ink, all the coloring is done with Stampin' Up! markers, and the flowered washi tape seemed like a great accompaniment. The washi tape is wrapped to the back of the white panel, and I used a corner rounder on the top edge. I mounted the panel to a blue card base and called it done.

Hope you have a good week!