Make a batch of pretty cards to frame or send
This simple tutorial takes you through the steps of creating a batch of mixed media cards to have on hand whenever you need one.
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This project works great with purchased stamps. Anything with an open area in the image (like a heart). But for my cards, I carved a stamp so I'm sharing the process.
Optional Step Part One:
This is my drawing transferred onto a piece of Speedy-Carve. To transfer to rubber all you do is lay the front (pencil side) of your drawing onto the rubber and burnish with a spoon, pen lid, your finger... until it transfers. Which is pretty much immediately.
Step One: Create your watercolor backgrounds. Cut or tear watercolor paper to desired size.
1. Add water with a brush where you want your paint to spread. It will only move around the wet area. This is a wonderful quality that allows you to blend colors or keep them separate.
2. Dab paint into the wet area
3. Paint spreads (or you help it a bit with your brush)
4. Repeat with new color (orange) having some parts mingle and some not.
5. To soften the color roll over card with paper towel
6. Keep adding colors until satisfied.
Note: At any point you can use your heat tool to dry an area so the paint won't spread into it.
Glue the heart into your image.
Be careful as your watercolor will react to the glue. I put the Mod Podge on once, with a brush, not going back and forth over the area. Just one quick pass. Then you smooth down the map paper and carefully remove any seeping glue with your finger. No need to go over the top of the map paper like you would with a collage. This is just a card and you'll risk mixing up the paint.
And there you go! This set of nine cards took very little time.
They are different enough to keep me engaged but I didn't have to worry about design choices at every step.
I'll add a sentiment or a note on the back, and leave the fronts plain so they can be enjoyed year round.
Sending a little piece of art in the mail is sure to bring smiles to your loved ones.