Hello Crafty People!
It’s been a rough few weeks, and I felt like that had a huge impact on my creativity. I missed the last release because I needed some time to recharge. I think that’s part of why I felt so incredibly inspired by this beautiful release; it’s one of those that seem to speak to you personally and I have loved working with it!
I have three cards to post for this release, all of which I made in one sitting. I love the vibrant orange & purple colours that these gorgeous Birds of Paradise grow in, and they had a huge part in inspiring my creations.
Creating a focal image
I’ve been having so much fun playing with my Cameo 4, and trying out different techniques. This week I had this idea of using the Sketch function to draw a design over the top of a watercolour piece; I wasn’t sure how well it would work, but I was actually really surprised at how good it looked!!
I used my Arteza tube watercolour set to create an two panels, painting one orange and the other purple. I’ve not actually used these paints before, despite having dried some out into a spare Arteza watercolour palette when I got them at Christmas. The level of pigment in them is INSANE! I really, really like these paints!
Once they were dried I taped them to my Cameo mat; they were quite warped and I wanted to make sure that they were really secure, which is why I added the tape. I traced the image and a couple of sentiments within the Silhouette Design Studio software and then set the machine to sketch out the designs for me.
I also got my machine to draw and cut out a slimline panel with the same image and a different sentiment, along with a sentiment strip onto black card.
Turning the panels into cards
I wanted to have some subtle texture to the background, so I cut the Big Dots coverplate by Waffle Flower from some 80lb Neenah and then attached that straight to another A2 panel of Neenah 80lb to give me a subtle tone on tone backdrop for the vibrant orange panel. I trimmed this panel by 1/8 inch each side so that I’d have a small border.
I used the largest of the Postage Stamp dies, also from Waffle Flower to cut down my painted panel and popped this up onto my background with foam tape, adding the black sentiment strip across the bottom. I finished it off with a few gold Nuvo drops here & there and attached it to an A2 card base with more foam tape.
I used the Trellis cover plate die from Catherine Pooler to cut a panel of kraft card stock and trimmed this down on each edge, then I attached this directly to an A2 Neenah 110lb card base.
I used the same Waffle Flower Postage die to cut my purple panel and added that onto the card with foam tape. This panel already has a sentiment, so all I needed to finish the design is a few silver Nuvo drops.
I wanted to colour the last panel using my Arteza pencil crayons, they work so amazingly on black card stock!! I added a layer of white onto any areas I wanted to be highlights before adding the colour down. I just took my time, not attempting to create anything super realistic, just to enjoy the process of colouring.
I trimmed the panel slightly and added to a slimline card base, finishing off my design with a few Nuvo sequins in the colour Champagne. I already knew exactly who this card was going to as soon as I started colouring, so I enjoyed making it, knowing that its recipient would love it.
My way of working through anything difficult is to immerse myself in something creative, sitting at my desk with music (usually Taylor Swift,) blasting and singing along! Right now, I have a lot of personal stuff to work through, and that crafty therapy session worked wonders!
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- Graciellie Design – Relax
- Canson Aquarelle A5 UK US
- Arteza Expert Watercolour Tube Set
- Arteza Professional Colouring Pencils 48 set
- Nuvo Drops UK US
- Waffle Flower – Big Dots Cover Die
- Waffle Flower – Nesting Postages Die
- Catherine Pooler Trellis Cover Plate die (*Use code natashapapertree for 10% off)
- Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White 80lb*
- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White – 110lb (*Use code natashapapertree for 10% off)
- Papermill Direct – Black Cardstock