Moikka from Finland again! It’s Riikka here sharing a double treat with you! I have a step by step tutorial for the card you see above and then a video for a layout I did using the same steps. Both feature peachy, warm summer colors and ladybugs. And summer projects need some shine, too, to remind us of the glorious the sun. For the glimmer I used Silk Microfine Glitter.
Let’s start with the card, although I must admit that I did actually the layout first and then turned the same steps into a card!
Step 1. Place a round mono-printing plate onto an acrylic block and brayer acrylic paints onto the surface. Quickly press an embossing folder onto the paint to pick up the pattern. (I used the “Bouquet” folder for the summery feel.) Turn the printing plate over to use it like a stamp; press the pattern to a card-sized piece of cardstock. Let the paint air dry or use a heat tool to speed the drying. Clean the printing plate.
Step 2. Add some watercolor around the printed circle to blend and blur it into the background as follows: Spray a little bit of water onto to the cardstock and then add wet paint. Use the same colors as in Step 1. Dry with a heat tool or air dry.
Step 3. Continue building layers to your background. This time use a stencil and inks. To continue the theme, I chose a floral pattern stencil. Keep within the same color palette and work on top of and around the mono-printed area.
Step 4. Finish the background with some pencil swirls and stamped texture. Concentrate on the focal area to draw the recipient’s eye.
Step 5. Cut solid color and patterned papers into small rectangles and squares. Overlap and staple them together to create a small composition. Attach the cluster to the card using foam dots for dimension.
Step 6. Complete the layered composition with a stamped greeting, a flair button and die cut leaf. Use the same white cardstock for the die cut leaf and the stamped greeting. Layer and glue to the card as shown.
Step 7. For extra interest add some finishing details: Stamp, color and cut out some ladybugs. Die cut some flowers from Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. When in place on the card, remove the release sheet and coat the exposed adhesive with Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle on the glimmering flower!
Step 8. Finish the card by adding the piece to a slightly larger piece of a patterned paper. Use the 3mm tape as your adhesive. Display as a flat card on an easel or as preferred, or add to a solid color side-fold cardstock card base.
Just eight easy steps and you’ve made a card! The number of steps is almost the same for turning the same tutorial into a layout. The surface is bigger, at least if you’re working on a 12×12″ sheet, but otherwise the steps are the same. First add the mono-printing with acrylic paint, then the watercolors, and so forth.
The card can be used as a note to say hello, or make a birthday version by changing the greeting you use. I made the layout about me. I wanted it to have the same summery, flowery feel as the card and it is, in fact, about a birthday. I just turned 35 in the beginning of the month. So even though I love winter and snow, I’m a child of summer! As this layout is a very personal one, I took the picture of the layout without yet adding the journaling. That will come later to keep it private, but you can see the lightly drawn lines waiting for my words at the lower right corner.
If you want to see how I used the same steps to make the page, please see the video below!
As you can see, I use almost the same steps and products in the page as in the card. One thing that is different, though, is the self-made stamp I use here. If it looks a bit familiar, you are correct! I actually made it and the letters in an earlier post. You can see it here (link).
I hope I have inspired you with these two projects! Thank you for stopping by today and wishing you a lovely summer day…See you again next month!
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