I'm just catching up on a few things that I wanted to complete for Summer Card Class, Week 1, which I just didn't have a chance to get to until now. My card today was inspired by one of the guest designers for the class from Day 2 - Tami Hartley. I just loved her card, and her style. Even though I tend to lean toward "cute" in a lot of my cards, I do like to try my hand at the artsy look now and then. I don't feel like it's a natural style for me, but I wish it was, because I LOVE it!!
Here's what I came up with:
I used the colour palette for week one. The blue background was actually inspired by the technique Shari Carrol shared, also on Day 2, which had me drooling a bit! Shari used Gelatos (I need some of these!) with water and dragged the colours downward to create a very cool watercoloured background. I do have some watercolour crayons, and attempted to create a similar look with them, but it was a bit of a *fail*!!! So I tried something else. I took my blue ink pad and dragged it from top to bottom, just like Shari did with her stamp and gelatos, and I really liked the result. I decided to drag the ink pad across the paper too, to get a little bit of a criss-cross effect. Then I stamped the flowers from Casual Fridays Stamps, Truth Is set. I used yellow/orange embossing powder to "colour" the petals, and I also scattered the embossing powder onto the blue background to make it look like it was pollen floating in the air. I then took a Sharpie, just like Tami did, and outlined the stamped image to really give it a bold look. I used Liquid Paper (don't ask me why we have this in our house, but it worked like a charm!) to create the painted dot look. I ran my white gel pen along the black stems of the flowers, added the happy birthday, the xo's (to balance the card out a bit) and the black twine. And one artsy card was complete!
Hope you enjoyed seeing something a little different! I really did enjoy making it!