Hi everyone, today I would like to show you a fun and easy masculine card project using the gorgeous Lindy’s Stamp Gang Squirts to colour both the image and the background with.
I’m going to create two cards, for each I use two of the images from the Lili of the Valley stamp set Vintage Motor-Trio. These I stamp onto Bristol Smooth Surface Paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and I clear heat emboss afterwards using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Clearly Clear embossing powder. This way the lines stay black and crisp no matter how much water I add.
Now I can start colouring my focal points using a light hand. For this I add some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Squirts to my palette and thin them with water. For today’s project I use Beaver Tail Brown, Banff Blue, Hockey Puck Black and Loonie Toonie Teal (Can I say how much I love this particular colour! It’s this perfect teal colour leaning towards green!) and I’m using three of these colours on each card project. I add a bit of the colour to the stamped image fading the colour out with plain water, using a small brush.
When dry I’m adding another layer, trying to figure out where my highlights and shadows will go, pretending that the light source is coming from the top left hand corner. You can add as many layers as you like, I usually add three or four.
This same way I colour each image, starting with a light hand and adding more colour in the following layers. Water is your friend, use it to thin down or fade out the colours you are using. Lindy’s colours are potent and you only need a little bit of each colour, once dry they are hard to move, so when you would like fade out a colour do this before it’s dry!
At the end of the colouring process I have created four images (two sets). I add white Gelly Roll Pen for some added highlights and then fussy cut the image using scissors and leaving a small white border.
Now it’s time to work on the background panels for my cards: for this I die cut two panels from watercolour paper, two sizes smaller then my card base. On these panels I stamp one of the sentiments from the Lili of the Valley Handwritten Phrases stamp set using Archival Ink in Jet Black.
Now that I know where my sentiment goes I’m applying some The Crafter’s Workshop (white) modeling paste over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil (TCW854s) using a palette knife and set this aside to dry.
In this step I’m going to add colour to the background and I’m using the same (left over) Squirt colours from the palette that I used before to colour the image with. I apply the colour a little at a time to the watercolour panel using a brush and spraying the colour with water, which makes it run. If the colour runs in places you don’t want it to go then dab the panel with a paper towel (personally I don’t like the colour running over the sentiment but otherwise I don’t really mind).
I add about four to five layers, drying in between when I like what I have, using my heat tool. This way I can control how dark my background goes. When I like the end result I add some splatters using the brown or black colour to finish the backgrounds.
Now it’s time to put my cards together. I die cut two slightly larger panels from some matching gray card stock and adhere these to the watercolour background panels using liquid glue. If your watercolour panel is a little warped then you can place this combination into a thick book and let it sit for half an hour. It will be flat when you take it out.
These combined panels I adhere to a creme coloured linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape, and to finish my cards I now only have to adhere the images that I created before, on top, also using one millimetre thick foam tape.
And that’s it for today’s fun and easy project! I wish you a creative day!
Lindy’s Stamp Gang products used:
Embossing Powder: Clearly Clear
Squirts: Beaver Tail Brown, Banff Blue, Hockey Puck Black, Loonie Toonie Teal