SCT Crop and Create Delivered Cardmaking Fall 2022 featuring Mama Elephant
Continuing with the Crop and Create classes, the next class I decided to complete was the Mama Elephant class by Kristina Werner. This is another stamp set and set of cards that were more in my wheelhouse, except they featured watercoloring with Ranger Distress Inks, which I really have yet to do!
Fortunately, I had all the distress inks recommended so I didn't need to buy anything for the class. The distress inks included were Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Candied Apple, Vintage Photo, Chipped Sapphire, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Mermaid Lagoon - I know, that's A LOT!
For the cards with the images around the border, I took a piece of watercolor paper included with the class and put it in my MISTI. I lined up the images on the top and right rows of ththe card. I stamped them with black Versafine Clair ink (which is suitable for watercolor) onto my paper, then I just turned my paper 180 degrees and stamped the images on the other two sides of the paper. I did this so I wouldn't actually have to move the stamps from the platform, so I only had to move the paper. I went ahead and did this 3 times because the first two times stamped mediocre so I wanted a third panel and kept the other two for backup and actually turned them into cards too. After stamping, I used the distress inks on each panel by spraying the paper with water then using a paintbrush dipped in the ink (which was applied to my craft mat) and just wiped it back and forth all up and down the papwr. Whatever color I used for the panel, I used it again to go back and add some tone-on-tone shadowing - a neat technique shared by KW. I did a similar technique on more watercolor paper but did an ombré effect using two colors and then die cut the sentiments from the paper. Lastly, I stamped out some images from the stamp set and colored them in using the distress inks and watercoloring again. I adhered the sentiments and images to a white die cut panel and adhered that to the center of the cards.
For the bedroom scenery card, I stamped, colored, and die cut the images similarly as the first card. However, I used blending brushes to create the background with the pink and blue using a scrap acetate to mask the areas I did not want a certain color. I stamped the sentiment with black Versafine Clair ink and then adhered the images to make a scene using foam squares.
Lastly, I created the rainbow watercolor background card using techniques taught by KW. I used 3 distress inks to represent cyan, yellow and magenta, and as I applied each other, I slightly mixed it with the next to get a new color which created the rainbow effect. I used some embossing ink and white embossing powder to stamp the sentiment, and stamped, colored, and die cut the bunny similar to the other images used for my cards. What was cute about these bunny images is that the die actually cut the arms so you could place something in their hands which I thought was a neat touch by Mama Elephant.
I'm not a watercolored, but Kristina Werner did a fanstastic job simplifying the process of watercoloring small stamped images, as well as created simple watercolor backgrounds. This was definitely a favorite class of mine, hence why I ended up making extra cards! If you remember, I said I had messed up the other two panels... someone who wouldn't know better might not see the mistakes on the final card, but I used some tricks to correct them the best that I could! Anyone who receives these cards would be none the wiser unless they're a card maker like myself, but that's the fascinating thing about handmade cards is that they're not perfect because they're handmade and not created by a machine. They're one-of-a-kind for a reason!
Be sure to look for future posts continuing my series of Crop and Create cards! I still have many more left to do!
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