By Judi Kauffman
What do you do with pieces of cardstock and paper filled with random brushstrokes, sheets used to wipe excess paint off of brushes before washing them? What do you do with the little bits and pieces of cardstock that fall out of die cut words (the negative pieces), and what do you do with the larger pieces that surrounded the words?
Make CARDS, that’s what! Care to join me?
One of my favorite things about Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words collection is the way the words mix and match! For today’s tutorial, I’ve created five cards. The first one uses both dies in the set called ‘You Are Perfect’ for one card – shown above. (‘You Are’ is one die.)
Then I used ‘You Are’ from that set with ‘Brave’ (from the ‘Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Yourself’ set) for a second card – shown above.
‘You Are’ appears on a third card, this time with ‘Unforgettable’ (a die sold as a single) – shown below.
If you’re wondering how I created the little characters, look closely and you’ll see that they are made with the small bits and pieces that fell out of the negative spaces within the letters in the die cut words!
But what about the leftovers that were AROUND the words rather than within the letters? Not to worry, they went to good use, too…two more cards, each with a totally abstract composition that has the look of mixed media – shown below.
Have you noticed that the words get partially lost in the backgrounds? This is intentional! I’m channeling my inner abstract artist. Don’t forget that cards are viewed at arm’s length and my goal is to engage and challenge the recipient’s eye.
Beginners: You can’t precisely duplicate my cards because no two people will clean their brushes in precisely the same way (so the cardstock you’ll start with will not match mine), but if you’ll follow the instructions you can come close.
Others: Use the photos to kick-start your own projects, skip the instructions and head straight to the supply list.
- Wipe an almost-dry 3” wide paint brush onto sheets of white and black cardstock or paper using paint colors of choice. Go in all directions to create random streaks. (Shown: Bronze, black, white, teal acrylics.) Alternatively, use paint-crusted papers leftover from other projects, making sure that some are very dark, and some are lighter.
- Back the dark cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and die cut ‘You Are’ once for each card. Also die cut one additional word for each card (Brave, Unforgettable, or other). Keep he little pieces that poke out from the words, as well as the pieces that surrounded the words – in other words…don’t throw away any of the leftovers!
- Arrange and adhere the words onto rectangles cut from the lighter paint-streaked cardstock.
- Layer onto solid color cardstock and trim, leaving a narrow border. Then layer onto embossed and lightly sanded Shimmer Sheetz, then onto a card base, OR directly onto a card base.
- Using white cardstock as the background, create imaginary characters from the small leftovers. (Arrange and rearrange before adhering in place.) Add Glitter Dots peel-offs for eyes! Place characters on a card front along with a sentiment, or create a card, ATC or other project using only the characters.
- Cut the large leftovers from die cutting into random sections and use the pieces to create abstract rectangular compositions. Add a narrow solid color border and adhere to a card base. Accent with small pieces below the rectangle as shown in one of the photos below.
- Embellish with brads, spiral paperclips, die-cut embossed Shimmer Sheetz and cardstock circles, or other low-relief elements.
- More options: Create Artist Trading Cards, tags, art journal pages or other projects.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Cardstock in black and white
3” wide paintbrush
Embossing folders of choice
Star-shaped brads in copper or other metal finish
Spiral paperclips in copper or other metal finish