Quite a while back I had the notion to do a new category of posts called “Take Two”. The idea was to do a second quick project based on the Tuesday Tutorial and share it later in the week. The idea was to take the look, theme, or products from the Tuesday Tutorial and create something different with them. I didn’t stick with it very long which is a shame because I think it was a really good idea. Today I am bringing Take Two back and committing to challenge myself to make it a regular feature here.
Today’s Take Two is a quick card that shares the same basic products and theme as yesterday’s tutorial. After I finished the tag I started thinking about how easy it would be to create a shadow with the stencil that matches the flower stamp (Coneflower by Wendy Vecchi, linked in supplies). Since I love making backgrounds with Distress Inks that look like the sky I decided to create a nature scene for the flower and try out the idea of creating a shadow with the stencil.
Cut or tear (or both!) a piece of Ranger Manila Cardstock to 4 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ to create a card front. (You could create this same look on any size of manila or on a tag.)
Blend Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the top and side edges of the manila card front using an ink blending tool.
Blend Scattered Straw Distress Ink onto the upper right corner of the manila card front using an ink blending tool.
Apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the lower edge of the manila card front using an ink blending tool.
Mist water onto your hand. Flick the water onto the manila card front to create water spots in the ink.
Blot the water drops with a dry cloth. Dry the manila card front with a heat tool.
To add a pearly sheen, mist the upper part of the manila card front with Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist.
Blot the mist with a dry cloth. Dry with a heat tool.
Dab equal parts of Glacier White and Pearl Metallic Ranger Paint Dabbers onto your craft sheet. You could use Distress Picket Fence or just Glacier White, but I love the bit of shimmer the Pearl Metallic adds.
Use a cotton ball to mix and pick up the paint.
Blot the paint onto the manila card front to create a line of clouds.
Stamp coneflowers onto manila cardstock. Stamp two complete flowers and two additional flower tops.
BTW- have you tried stamping with Ranger’s new “Basics” Dye Ink? It is such a great stamp ink! Black Tie is my new GO-TO stamp ink. It makes such a crisp image and is water resistant.
Blend Rusty Hinge Distress Ink on the lower part of the of the flowers using an ink blending tool. Use the coordinating stencil to make coloring the flowers quick and easy. Color the flower on one of the complete flower image and one of the flower only images.
Blend Scattered Straw Distress Ink on the upper part of the of the flower petals.
Blend both Scattered Straw and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks onto the top of the other flower image using ink blending tools.
Blend Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto the two stems and leaves.
I love how easy it is to color the images using the stencil. Place the stencil over the image and pounce on the color using an ink blending tool. So easy!
Cut out the complete flower image, two flower petals, three leaves, and one flower top. Lightly apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges to mute the light-colored edges from the paper core.
Place the stencil on the manila card front. Pounce Pumice Stone Distress Ink onto the card through the stencil using an ink blending tool. You will notice that the ink looks different over the paint.
Adhere the flower pieces to the complete flower image. Adhere the assembled flower to the manila card front offset slightly to the side of the shadow.
Apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges of the manila card front using an ink blending tool.
Draw a line of grass on the manila card front at the base of the flower. A line of grass will ground and anchor the flower and keep it from looking like it is floating.
Color a scrap of manila with Scattered Straw Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Add a Small Talk sentiment to the scrap of manila. The sticker may not stick well because of the ink on the manila. Add a light touch of glue to the back of the sticker if needed. Adhere the assembled piece to the front of the manila card front. Add a Tiny Attacher Staple to the side.
Create a cardstock card to fit the size of the manila card front. (I never seem to make standard size cards. I make the art and then cut cardstock to create a card base sized to fit the art.)
I love the simplicity of the finished card. I think the simple background really lets the flower image and sentiment be the focus.
I think the shadow effect behind the flower really adds depth to the image. Adding additional layers to the stamped image add dimension. Both are so easy to create and add really keep the finished piece from looking flat.
It is no secret, I LOVE Perfect Pearls Mist. I love the way they add shimmer to my projects without adding extra color. I think they are a perfect companion to Distress Inks.
I hope you enjoyed the return of Take Two! I will be trying really hard to keep this as a regular feature. I may not get to it every week, some projects may not work with a Take Two, but I am sure going to try!