Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I’m on The Crafter’s Workshop blog with a cute card for which I used modeling paste on a dark background to create a fun effect.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
I started my project by die cutting a piece of dark grey card stock to a size two sizes smaller then my card base. Then I applied some The Crafter’s Workshop (white) “Modeling Paste” over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Faithful Tree” (TCW831s) using a palette knife. I tried to place the most left branch a bit of to the left, so that my critter wouldn’t be exactly in the middle of my card.
While the Modeling Paste is still wet I carefully applied some pastel coloured embossing powders over the tree design and let that dry. I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powders in the colours “Merci Beaucoup Mint” (over most of the design) and then a little of the “Bonjour Butter” and “Raspberry Lemonade”. Each colour embossing powder is added separately and the excess taken of before adding a different colour.
After the Modeling Paste had dried completely I heated the embossing powder to melt it. Of course you can also do this while the Modeling Paste is still wet but I didn’t wanted the Modeling Paste to bubble. After heat embossing this first layer of embossing powder the tree design has a very light colour and smooth texture.
Now I’m using a VersaMarker (it’s a pen with sticky ink) to add shadow to the tree and the leaves, only adding the sticky ink to the right hand part of the design, where the shadow would be when the light would shine from the top left corner. I added a slightly darker green embossing powder to the sticky ink (Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Orbit Olive Gold”) but still keeping it light to have enough contrast with the grey background. This times I melted the powder as soon as it’s on the project. If you have some of the powder where you don’t want it, like on the grey paper, then you can use a dry brush with a small point to wipe of the excess embossing powder before melting it.
Next I’m working on the rest of my card design: for this I stamped a Purple Onions stamp called “Lilly” onto Strathmore “Bristol Smooth Paper” using Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and clear heat embossing afterwards. Then I coloured the image using some Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and my aquabrush. I used the following colours of Aqua Markers: “Tan”, “Chocolate”, “Orange” and “Terracotta”.
I also created a banner from some matching orange card stock, using a banner die by Lawn Fawn and one of the stamps from the Clearly Besotted stamp set called “Sweet Little Sentiments”.
For my slightly larger mat I decided on a matching green card stock.
Now I’m ready to put my card together: I adhered both rectangle panels together using liquid glue. Then I adhered the critter to the branch using one millimetre thick foam tape and I did the same with the sentiment banner. I folded the banner to the back on the left hand side and adhered there using regular tape.
Now I can finish the card by adding the combined panels to a white linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape!
And that’s it for today’s cute little project!
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