We had a fun-filled day with loads of laughter and I even got to try some (new to me) stuff!
Els let me try her set of Ken Oliver Color Burst. I had never worked with this medium before and I didn’t really know what I was doing.
It’s a pigment powder that you activate with water to create all kinds off cool effects. The pigments are really intense and I was spraying from a distance trying hard not the get any of it on my clothes…
A tiny bit of powder goes a looong way and you can create a variety of effects by adding more or less water.
I tried it on the new 270gr Soft Finish Cardstock and that worked out really well!
At home I found Shimmer Sheetz to match the colours of the Color Burst and created these Christmas cards for the new Designer Challenge that is up on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.
This time it’s all about the latest release of new products and you can check out what the Design Team created here!
I recently visited the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin. The palace is heavily decorated in baroque and rococo style. I left the palace and its beautiful garden with heaps of inspiration!
I especially loved the look of the gilded plaster in combination with pastel coloured walls that are painted to look like marble.
The cards that I’ve created for this post are inspired by what I saw at the palace!
I’ve created a video to show you my process:
And here are the written steps to create the cards:
1. Start by covering a sheet of watercolour paper with water and then paint it with watercolours. I used a Dutch fluid watercolour called Ecoline. The colours will blend and flow. Let the colour pool in some places and drag it around with your brush to try and create a marble effect. Let the page dry completely.
2. Cut the watercolour paper into pieces of about 4,25 x 6,3 inches. Use the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die to round off one of the sides. Then use the overlay die with the dots to create… the dots.
Don’t throw away the ‘confetti’ that comes out of the holes just yet! Keep it in a safe place for the time being.
3. Use the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die to round off one side of a strip of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheet to place behind the dots in the card. Adhere it to the back of the card.
4. Take a scrap of heavy cardstock (I used the same watercolour paper that I used as the card base) and die-cut a couple of butterflies, a Quietfire word or two and maybe a heart.
Cover each die-cut with VersaMark ink and then heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. Repeat this step until you are happy with the result. I heat embossed each die-cut twice.
5. Cut a strip of Double Sided Adhesive Tape to about 4,25 x 2 inches. Die-cut it with the Tags & More 9 Sparkle die to mirror the rounded edge at the top of the card.
Adhere the strip to the lower part of the card. Remove the top liner and cover the sticky with Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Tap off the excess. Burnish the glitter with your finger to reveal the awesome sparkle.
6. Decide how you want to decorate the card. I started by adhering the ‘confetti’ I collected from a couple of the cards first. Then I placed my gold embossed die-cuts and I added a couple of glitter details. I finished each card with small specks of paint that I splattered on with a black and a white paint marker.
7. Adhere the card to a slightly larger folded note card or back it with a second piece of rounded off paper to create a single card like I did.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MY DUTCH READERS:
Els van de Burgt komt naar Nederland! Op zaterdag 5 september a.s. demonstreren Els van de Burgt, Anita Izendoorn en ik (!) de prachtige nieuwe collectie van Elizabeth Craft Designs bij Doe@ding in Spijkenisse. Hopelijk zien we je daar!