Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I would like to show you how you can create these cute children’s cards. But of course, the techniques shown on today’s project are also totally suitable for more masculine projects! Let’s get started!
I started with a half A4 sheet of watercolor paper. I sprayed the paper generously with water, but not so much that it’s soaking wet. I picked two lighter colors of Lindy’s spray and applied both colors onto the paper using a brush, mixing them in the middle. You can apply as little or as much color as you like. Dry the paper when you like what you have, if you have some puddles of water, don’t worry, they give character to your background!
For today’s project I choose Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio sprays in: Plumeria Pink and Mango Mania, to create this fun and vibrant background.
Next, I die cut two rectangle panels out of this sheet, each panel is two sizes smaller than my card base. On these panels, I stamped my sentiments (from the Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp set) using Archival Ink in Jet Black.
I picked the stamps I wanted to use as my focal point and stamped the images onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using Versafine ink in Onyx Black, and heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Clearly Clear, and after that, I fussy cut the images leaving a small border.
I also picked two stencil designs that I felt worked nicely with the stamped images that I picked (TCW2163 and TCW5005).
I temporarily adhered my stencil over the panel that I created before and applied VersaMark ink (which is a sticky ink) over the stencil openings using a foam applicator tool. Then I applied and melted Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Clearly Clear over the sticky ink and melted it.
Because I wanted to create a bit of a stronger look but still a little “watery” I then melted the powder a second time (just heat it again with you heat tool) and then I applied Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Queen Sheba Silver over parts of the clear embossing, tabbed of the excess and melted this second layer. You can work in small areas or apply even more layers to create a darker tone, whatever you feel like. I totally love the look you can create this way.
Next, I’m coloring my focal points: I work in multiple layers, adding more depth and shadow in each layer. For the first layer of the cow image I used Squirts in Beaver Tail Brown and Canadian Bacon Blush combined with a Magical in Milk Chocolate Brown in combination with water and a small brush.
For my second layer, I added Beaver Tail Brown to the Milk Chocolate Brown parts as a shadow, and I added Blazing Black Magical to the Beaver Tail Brown parts to make them darker.
I also added some Clam Bake Beige and Poutine Gold to the parts that I previously didn’t add any color to. When the coloring was done and dry I added back in some highlights using a white gel pen.
This same way I colored the image with the girl, adding some Danny Zuko’s Denim into the color palette for her jeans.
Time to put my cards together: I die cut a slightly larger mat from matching gold mirror card stock and adhered both rectangle panels together using liquid glue. This combination I adhered to a crème colored linen textured card base using one millimeter thick foam tape. And to finish these cute cards, that I think are totally suitable for children, I adhered the colored images on top also using one millimeter thick foam tape.
And that is it’s for today’s project! I wish you a creative day!
Lindy’s products used
- Sprays: Plumeria Pink, Mango Mania, Clam Bake Beige and Danny Zuko’s Denim
- Embossing Powder: Clearly Clear, Queen Sheba Silver
- Squirts: Beaver Tail Brown, Poutine Gold and Canadian Bacon Blush
- Magicals: Milk Chocolate Brown, Blazing Black
Other products used
- Watercolor paper, brush, ink, VersaMark, foam applicator tool, stencils, stamps, white gel pen, card stock.