Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Cardstock in black, metallic copper & purple
MSRS Origami Crane
Copper embossing powder
Versamark Inkpad (or similar)
Acrylic paint in turquoise, purple, white & metallic copper
1” house painting brush
Double-sided foam tape or pop dots
Copper Pearl Pen
Cardboard box (the kitchen sink will substitute)
Put a small amount of turquoise paint onto the tip of the one inch house painting brush as shown. Paint a sheet of black cardstock with broad arching strokes using the tip of the brush (rather than the flat of the brush). Put some purple paint onto the same brush and paint in different directions using the same arching strokes. Add some white paint to the brush and flick the tip of the brush over the painted surface. Ideally, you will have a painted piece with three colors, plenty of wispy brush strokes and some of the black cardstock showing through.
The colors suggested here may be substituted for colors of your own preference. More than three colors works well also. To avoid a muddy look, don’t mix the colors too much.
Transfer the painted cardstock to a cardboard box. Add some metallic copper paint to the stiff bristled brush. Use your finger tips to flick the paint onto the surface. Allow the cardstock to dry.
Using a paper cutter, Cut and fold a black card measuring 5 ½” square. Cut a 5” x 5” mat from the copper cardstock and attach it to the front of the card. Cut a liner measuring 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” from the purple cardstock and glue it to the inside back of the card.
Using the paper cutter, cut nine squares measuring 1 ½” x 1 ½”. Start gluing them to a 4 ½” x 4 ½” piece of black cardstock beginning in the upper left corner. Remember to arrange the squares like a mosaic for maximum color contrast and movement. After all the squares are glued in place trim any edges that may be sticking out. Attach the mosaic to the front of the card. Add a 1 ½” x 1 ½” black cardstock “diamond” to the center of the card.
Stamp and emboss the Origami Crane onto a colorful section of your left over painted cardstock. Cut out and attach it to the diamond with double-sided foam tape of pop dots. Embellish as you like with the copper Pearl Pen.
*no painting skills required
Posted by Michael at 4:49 PM