Card of the day – Technique Thursday – Michael Strong Stamps Group

Hi everyone,

Have you been waiting with “bated breath”?  Today being Thursday, it’s time to share a technique, well I think this card will be appropriate as it has three techniques:

1st – find patterned paper or as in this case a photo of a postcard cut to size and attached to a piece of white card 10.5cm x 14.8cm (approx.)  Watercolour paper is best if using more watercolour pencils than I have.  I normally don’t give sizes because it depends on personal choice how big or small you make it.

Once cut to size, attach the photo/patterned paper where you’ve decided you want it, leaving room to stamp an image or as in this case use a border embossing folder (technique 2).

Next (technique 2) – I used a border embossing folder to fill the space, which was then painted with watercolour pencils and alcohol pens to give extra colour.

The watercolour pencils were used in an unusual way – you wet your brush and then apply to the colour pencil you want to use, you can apply direct to your project or you can build up a supply on a plastic sheet or placemat and then apply to your project.  Or simply colour in as you would with a normal colour pencil and wet the brush just enough to smooth the colouring but not too wet.

The alcohol pens used for the lighter flowers and leaves – use the brush end of the alcohol pens, brushing with the brush on its side (not tip down) so that raised embossing grabs the colour from the brush.

Then technique 3 – I stamped the dragonfly stamp 4 times onto patterned paper (saves painting them) and glued 2 toger and worked out where I wanted to place them and attached with mounting foam (small pre-cut squares).  The patterned paper used for the dragonflies is the same as the “mat”.

Finally, I decided I wanted to put a sentiment on as well, and having gone through the few I have, found one I thought was appropriate and stamped on smooth side of watercolour paper off cut and edged with black and attached with mounting foam.

So, ingredients:

  • card blank – brown cardstock
  • photo or patterned paper – for feature
  • patterned paper – for mat
  • white card but watercolour paper is better if using more watercolour pencils
  • watercolour pencils
  • alcohol or copic or similar pens

as well as the usual scissors, cutter/trimmer, mounting foam (sentiment), double sided adhesive tape, glossy accents or glue (for dragonflies).

I think I’ve covered everything but as always if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

For those interested the “frugalcrafter” has a few videos on watercolour pencils and there are others as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pR1d2QM9MlashFgTbJQlw

 Well, there you have the first Technique Thursday for 2017.  Thank you for all your lovely comments and I’ll see you tomorrow.  Cheers for now.

day-4-jan-2017

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