Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summery Water Coloured Cards

Melissa Elsner

Hey there! Melissa here and I’m so excited that Summer is finally here in the northern hemisphere. It’s my favorite season as the days get longer and warmer. You’ll usually find me hanging outside with friends with a cool beverage in hand. I also love opening the windows all the way while I craft the weekend days away. 
Today, I’m sharing two cards using the Sunny collection. The bright colors and icons are so perfect for a card celebrating Summer.
For each of these cards, I began the design with some paint and ink. I did a layer of clear gesso so that the watercolors would remain vivid and bright and not fade into the paper. Once the paint dried, I added the splatter and then built the rest of the design for each card. 
For the first one, I had some fun with the sunshine:

The sun rays were cut from the border strip of patterned paper. To add some yummy texture, I took my sewing machine and did some stitching along the rays. 

Now, let’s move on to the next card. I love to layer on my layouts and, it isn’t any different with my cards. I love the challenge of figuring out how to combine as much color and pattern, without overwhelming. The trick is making sure I have a strong focal point which would be the flamingo, who then draws your eye to the sentiment that is popped up. 

When it comes to layering on cards, I find that using thin strips of the patterns work perfectly. You can still pack in a punch but on a smaller scale that makes sense for a card.

Isn’t that flamingo so fun? I’ve been dying to use it and was so happy to use it on this adorable card! I can’t wait to give this away to celebrate summer with someone!

Are YOU ready for summer? Bust out your Sunny collection and have fun documenting the memories and, hey, make some cards too!
Thanks for joining me today.

Imaginisce Supplies Used: Paper, die cuts, stamp: Sunny Collection


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