Today's card features Michael Strong's hand in hand image. The designer card stock I chose has an embossed paisley image and is also designed by Mike. It coordinates very well with his hand image.
Rub anti static bag across white card stock
Ink up large hand image with black craft ink, sprinkle with emboss powder and heat set.
Choose two or three coordinating PanPastel colors to match design paper.. Use sponge soft tool to pick up a small amount of lightest color and then spread it inside the image. Pick up the next shade darker and apply the same way. Repeat until you get the colors you desire. Use a clean paper towel in a circular motion to remove pastel from embossed image, also to burnish the pastel into the card stock.
Cut out image.
Adhere ribbon to design layer and onto base card.
Use pop dots to adhere hand.
Stamp small hand on vanilla card stock and adhere to the inside the card for the note.
This card was created using PanPastels and Distress Inks. It features a lovely tree image and was inspired by an ArtKure YouTube video. This card is 4 1/2 x 6".
Add the sky background with PanPastels Artists' Pastels. Use two shades of blue to give a little more interest. Sweep across the card stock in a horizontal fashion. The creamy texture has very little dust and creates a rich background.
Add a couple shades of green and a little brown for the ground.
To get your water color pallet, turn ink pads over and press them onto non-stick craft sheet side by side, not overlapping. If you do not have a craft sheet, you can press the ink pads onto a piece of plastic or spare acrylic block.
Start with lighter green, pick up color with the water brush and apply it to the the branches, where leaves would be. NOTE: your water brush should be moist, not dripping.
Dab excess color off onto a paper towel.
Pick up the darker green and brush across random areas of the tree.
Dab excess color off onto paper towel.
Pick up brown ink. Starting at the bottom of the tree, brush up the center where the trunk is and out on a few of the branches. Don't worry about being precise. The nice thing about this type of image is that it is very forgiving. You are creating a little art piece - it does not have to be perfect. Just have fun!
Stamp the image onto your background. With the chisel water brush (moist, not dripping), hold it upright and lightly stipple where you want your leaves to be. Periodically, wipe your brush off and continue.
Use same brush to create a light shadow by pulling down the color from the base of the tree. I tried both a regular card stock and water color paper. I used the water color paper for the finished card.
Dab excess color off onto a paper towel. Allow to dry
Ink up tree top and stamp inside the card along the bottom.
Ink up large paisley frame image with VersaMark watermark ink and partially stamp on one side of card stock, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set.
Ink up small paisley image with VersaMark watermark ink and stamp in blank area of card stock. Repeat several times to create a random design, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set.
Choose two or three coordinating PanPastel colors to match design paper. Use sponge soft tool to pick up a small amount of lightest color and then spread onto card stock in a circular motion. Pick up a shade darker and apply the same way. Repeat until you get the colors you desire. Use a clean paper towel in a circular motion to remove pastel from embossed images, also to burnish the pastel into the card stock. This is my first time using the PanPastels on a finished product - I know there's much more that can be done with them. I'm starting slow. :o)
Ink up small paisley image with gold ink and stamp onto white card stock, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set. The gold ink and clear embossing powder together result in a soft image. Cut out using die cut.
Chose what part of your pastel layer you want to use on your final card. Cut it down.
Adhere all layers. Note: When I was thinking about my layout on the design paper, I purposely cut it so it would include both the bold and subtle images. The design card stock is so pretty! It is designed by Mike - that's why they coordinate so well with his stamps. ;o)
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