Quick Cards with A Beautiful You

It is that time of year when a lot is happening and events are popping up and I need & want to make a quick card and get it in the mail to someone.

Does that sound familiar?

If so, you know that  you also do not want the recipient to think you spent very little time on their card. You want a great idea that makes that  card look good, but takes very little of your precious time.  This is where ink block spritzed backgrounds & blacking out stamps for silhouettes are perfect techniques-quick and simple, but someone who doesn’t craft won’t know that.

So, if you need a last minute Mother’s Day card, Graduation card, or an encouragement card for a friend who has had a bad time lately, try turning to one of these cards.

Today’s cards only take about 15 minutes each to make- much less, if you do a bunch of backgrounds all at one time.  Also, you can change your background color ink to your own preference. Pick your recipient’s favorite color to make it look more personalized.

You only need a few supplies in addition to your watercolor paper and stamps to get started. Add a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for the mother/daughter card.

To create the background:

  • Add ink to your clear block with a marker (just scribble across the block) or ink pad (stamp empty block into pad)
  • Spritz inked block with water. More water will give a different look than a light spritz.
  • Stamp block onto your watercolor paper.
  • Repeat as needed to cover your background. Add more ink or water as desired.
  • Combine colors (wash off stamp block in between) for a different two-tone look.

The image below shows less water on left and more on right.

After the background dries, Stamp your image.  I used Stazon Jet Black, but you could use another black. Make sure your background is dry or it might bleed. Heat set the background with the heat gun or a blow dryer if you wish to hurry the process along).

After stamping the image onto watercolor paper, use a black Sharpie to trace and color in your image.  If you wish to add items (like the graduation cap & diploma, draw and color them in.  If you wish to eliminate items from the stamp (the little girl’s umbrella), do not ink that portion of the image when stamping. (More details below)

To get the proper placement for the little girl, use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and do not ink the umbrella in your final stamping.

How to add girl:

  • After Stamping and coloring your woman black, you will need your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
  • Place the window sheet supplied with Stamp-A-Ma-Jig into corner of the Jig as shown in instructions.
  • Stamp umbrella girl image (with umbrella inked) onto window sheet making sure to place your acrylic block squarely into the corner of the Jig.  Do not remove from acrylic block until complete!
  • Remove image sheet from Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and place over card so that the girl image has the woman’s hand resting on her head. Do Not Move window sheet once you like the placement!
  • Bring Stamp-A-Ma-Jig back to window sheet so that it nestles into the corner once again, careful not to move the window sheet until placed.  Once the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is in place, you carefully remove the window sheet, leaving the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig in place (Don’t move it!)
  • Stamp your umbrella girl, by placing in the corner of the Jig as you did previously, this time without inking the umbrella.
  • Use your black Sharpie to color in and make any hair adjustments needed. (You may need to draw in a bit of the top of her hair)

It sounds like a lot of steps, but it does go quickly if you are comfortable with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  Practice does make this simple & quick.

 The graduate card was inspired by a fellow demonstrator, Sue Parker, who created a beautiful paper pieced version for her daughter’s graduation.  I couldn’t resist doing it in a silhouette version.

The cap is drawn over the hat and colored in so no one ever knows the hat was stamped.  I then free-handed a diploma-perhaps a little larger than i would on a second try.  You may wish to lightly pencil in before using your marker.

One last card to share-

I have a few friends going thru very difficult times right now.  So, having a quick card to send a caring thought is of great use.  As I stated at the beginning of this calendar year, sending encouragement is always appreciated by the recipient.

If you haven’t guessed by now, all the sentiments are in my handwriting.  Using my own handwriting on the front of a card is unusual for me, but it is quick and easy way to get exactly what I wanted to say to the recipient. It seemed to work with these cards due to the organic look of watercolor.  Although, I’m still not a huge fan of my own handwriting. (Is anyone?)  I didn’t have to spend time looking for the sentiments I wanted from other sets.  Of course, you can always do that.

Go on with your busy lives & send the handmade cards too!

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers seeing this.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Neutrals DSP stack: A Beautiful You Scrapbook Layout

Today I continue with the idea of using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as a starting point for your scrapbook layout design.  This week we step away from the Blooms & Bliss DSP we used in the Aquarium layout, but build upon what you learned in that layout-cutting a sheet of DSP to span two pages. 

This layout is slightly more advanced to create than the Aquarium layout since the DSP chosen to span the pages has writing (we want to keep it upright!) and the base pages also use DSP with a pattern. However, it still is easily recreated, even for the beginning scrapbooker.

All patterned papers used to create this double page layout were selected from the Neutrals DSP stack.

As was done on the Aquarium layout, the spanning DSP paper is cut once creating sheets which then measure: 12″x4.5″ & 12″x7.5″.  Because there are words on this paper, you must pay attention that you are cutting it so that your words are upright (to read them!) AND that your 12″x4.5″ will be the LEFT page piece.

Just like on the Aquarium layout, you will apply the DSP up to the inner edge of each base page and the Silver Foil paper 12″x1/2″ strip against it.

Since your background paper has a striped design, here is a design skill tip: Notice the direction of your stripes.  In the double layout I have chosen to use the stripes to help move your eyes from top left to bottom right of the left page and from bottom left to top right of the right layout page.  Creating a “V” is no coincidence.  Placement of stripes in eye movement order allows for a more viewer friendly layout.

The placement of the photo mats also follows a traditional pattern of eye movement-upper left to lower right. Surprise: the stamped dancing girl begins to complete the “V”, while indicating to move to the next page with her outstretched leg!

Movement is important in design elements.  Without using arrows to point, the paper and stamp designs can provide movement on your page.

Details/Materials to recreate:

  • Neutrals DSP stack: 1 sheet Black/White words paper, 2 sheets Smokey Slate/White striped paper
  • Silver Foil: 2 strips 12″x1/2″
  • Smokey Slate: 2 sheets 8.5″11″.  Each sheet should provide 3) 6.25″x4.25″ mats and enough scraps leftover to cut the scalloped circle framelits dies and make 1/2″ strips for the pages- Left page: 1/2″x2.75″, 1/2″x3.5″, 1/2″x3″. Right page: 1/2″x3.25″
  • The Beautiful You stamp set was used with Archival Grey ink. Girls were created with a technique called paper piecing. Girl images were first stamped onto the white mats and also onto the Neutrals DSP stack scraps I chose as clothing colors. The clothing only was then cut out of the DSP stamped images and glued over the images stamped onto the white cardstock. Prior to gluing (tombo mono-adhesive) the clothing pieces down, I used the Calapso Coral watercolor pencil and aqua painter-took aqua painter to tip of pencil to acquire color and applied to body parts on the white cardstock for skin tones.
  • Scraps of blasic black cardstock were used to die cut layering circles
  • 6 Whisper White mats 6″x4″ are needed for double matting and stamp areas
  • 2 Whisper White Stitched Shape Framelit circles are needed on which to stamp what is the theme/title circles on the pages.

I hope this is helping some scrapbookers out there to create AND understand some of the basic design of pages.

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne