Art was not something that interested me in high school or college - I only started crafting in 2018! I try to do something creative everyday - coloring, assembling cards, building albums and folios. I am probably biased, but we have the BEST design team - I am frequently inspired by our team's use of our colored cardstock. I usually spot one of our team member’s creations and then immediately need to use their unique color palette, the die they used, or incorporate their great idea. Today, I am working on a card for a creative friend, inspired by paintbrushes and a (mainly) green and blue color palette. This is my first time working with our Chartreuse cardstock and I am in love! Let's get started!
- Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers
- 8.5” x 11” Chartreuse Colorplan 100lb
- 8.5” x 11” Forest Colorplan 100lb
- 8.5” x 11” Sweet Tooth White Pop-Tone l00b
- 8.5” x 11” Turchese Sirio Color 80lb
- 8.5” x 11” Blacktop Foundations 100lb
- 8.5” x 11” Cherry Wood Veneer 12pt
- 8.5” x 11” Gun Metal Mirricard 100lb
- Paintbrush Dies or Similar SVG file
- Watercolor Wash Stencil
- "Color My World" Sentiment stamp or similar
- Die Cutting Machine
- Blending Tools
- Distress Oxide in Crushed Olive, Rustic Wilderness, and Salty Ocean
- Warm Brown Dye Ink
- Black Pigment Ink (for sentiment)
- Stamping Block or Platform
- Bone Folder
- Scoring Board
- Paper Trimmer
- Liquid Adhesive
- Double-sided foam squares
- Low tack masking tape
- Clear embossing powder
- heat tool
To get started, I cut 6 paint brush handles from Cherry Wood Veneer. I used liquid adhesive to glue two of the handles together, to create three handles with greater weight and depth. Next, I cut 3 ferrules from Gun Metal Mirror Cardstock. Next, I cut a bunch of bristles from Blacktop, and 3 paint splatters - one each from Forest, Chartreuse, and Turchese. I used brown dye ink on each of the 3 handles, on the right side only.
Next, I began assembling the paint brushes. Using liquid adhesive, I attached the ferrules and bristles to the handle. I used between four and six bristle die-cuts on each paintbrush.
Using Black Top cardstock measuring 10” x 7”, I scored at 5” landscape to create an A7 card base. I also cut a 4.75” x 6.75” panel of Sweet Tooth White. I stamped my sentiment on a scrap piece of Sweet Tooth White in black pigment ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I grabbed a watercolor wash stencil from my stash and adhered it to the top 2.5 inches of the white card panel. I then blended crushed olive, rustic wilderness and salty ocean on the panel towards the top left, center, and top right, respectively.
I adhered the card panel on the cardbase using liquid adhesive. Using the ink left on my brushes, I blended the greens and blue over the word color on the sentiment. I layed out my card. I attached the paint die-cut to the brush using liquid adhesive. To give the brushes dimension, I used double-sided foam squares to attach the paint brushes.
I added a few paint splatter cuts in Chartreuse and Turchese. Then I embellished the card with various crystals. Here is the finished card!
Tips and Tricks:
- Don’t have a stencil? Go make your own on your cricut! Find a file that best resembles the paint splatter you wish to use and use masking paper to make a stencil.
- Consider embossing the Sweet Tooth panel with an embossing folder for more texture.
Happy Crafting! Traci Selig
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