It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our theme is CAS (Clean and Simple,) Back then, I was not familiar to this so I had to Google what it meant. There are many different versions of a CAS card. To me, a CAS card is a one layer card, without any dimensions and with a minimal (or better yet, none) embellishment. Based on my own description, I came up with the card I have here today.
One of our featured sponsors for this challenge is Diddybag. They have a large array of images to choose from. I am using the Color Me Hearts images. A lot of possibilities with this one. I printed each heart on Canson Watercolor paper. I had to strategically crop, re-size and position the heart to slightly offset it to the side as part of the design. I am telling you, this may sound easy in digital stamping but I did use up a lot of scrap papers and ink to come up with the right size and the right spot for the heart. I also want to print two images at once to have two cards ready at once.
The images did not print all the way to the side. I had to trim a bit off the edges, making this card slightly short of 4 1/4" wide. If you want to keep it as is, you can use a border die to cover the gap. These are top folding cards which I think are pretty easy to replicate and produce in bulk. Maybe pack it as a note card gift set.
Since I am watercoloring, I taped the card to a board to keep the warping to a minimum. I am using Stampin Up Watercolor pencils and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. I started off with the watercolor pencils but the colors are limited, so I used the watercolor set. I am very amazed on how the water did not react to the printed image. I was expecting for disaster since I have a ink jet printer which reacts to moisture readily. Not with this one. I am not sure but I think it is the paper that made this technique do-able.
When I was done with coloring, I used a black Sakura gel pen and traced the lines to make the lines pop. I fuzzy cut the same heart out of the scrap papers I practiced printing on. I used this to mask the heart so I can ink blend the background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. It blends easily even if you started off heavy with a harsh line. I spritz the area with water and lifted it up with a paper towel to create water droplets.
I used the Altenew Label Love for sentiment. I stamped it on a strip of cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed the sentiment with clear powder. I ran a black marker along the edges to hide the white core of the paper strip. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the trim of the heart. I adhered Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti mix. To finish off the card, I rounded the edges.
I plan to create cards using the rest of the hearts in this set with the same technique but using different mediums. Please watch out for it.
Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!
Maria Giselle B.