I have done a lot of creating backgrounds in my journals, but not so much in cards. When making cards I tend to use printed papers, or some “one off” Gelli prints that I did on scrap paper before I printed in my journal. I have seen lots of folks use small stamps to create a background. When I saw the challenge prompt at one of the locations I regularly participate in and looked at a new stamp set I had received this week, I knew that this was going to be my project.
I stamped some cold press watercolor paper with the stamp using a waterproof ink. I sat in my chair with watercolors and brought the line drawings to life. I matted it using a dark green paper. Of course, once I did that I realized I wanted to add a message and had to do some creative work to get it under the matt I had already attached to the card. My message used an on the edge type wafer thin die and a heat embossed stamped message. My last piece of card creativity was a baker’s twine bow.
Journal pages come easier for me, maybe because I look at that as mine. I like to learn and my art journals are part of that journey. When I make cards I worry more about the final result because they are for someone else. In the end, I learned some things as I do in all challenges.
Challenges & Prompts for this week
- Simon Says Monday Challenge – In My Garden
- Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Make your own background
Some of the supplies used:
- Prima Marketing Watercolors
- Doodlebug Baker’s Twine
- Simon Says Stamp – Clear Stamp Choose Joy
- Ranger – Jet Black archival ink.