Springtime Encouragement Card

Love coloring with alcohol-based markers but looking for a way to amp your artwork up?  Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock allows for seamless blending while enhancing pretty images like this one with a touch of subtle shimmer.

Start by stamping the daffodil image (“Sending Love” by Gina K. Designs) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a panel of Cryogen White Cardstock trimmed to 4¼” x 5½”.  For large images like this one, I usually prefer to use a stamp positioning tool in case of uneven inking.

Color your image with the alcohol markers of your choice.  Once I was satisfied with the shading on my daffodils, I added a light blue border around the entire image and blended it out to nothing with a colorless blender.

I decided to mat my colored image to give it a little more weight on the final card, so I trimmed it down to 3″ x 5″.  Then, I trimmed a panel of Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock to 3⅛” x 5⅛” to leave a thin border when layered.

To create the gingham background, stamp the pattern (My Favorite Things) in Versamark ink onto a piece of Cryogen White Cardstock cut to 5¾” x 5¾”.  Add clear embossing powder and melt it with a heat tool.

Blend different shades of green and yellow Distress ink over top of the embossed pattern until you achieve the look desired.  Rub a dry paper towel over the panel when done to remove any excess ink from the embossed areas.

Stamp a sentiment (“Sending Love” – Gina K. Designs) onto a scrap of Cryogen White Cardstock and die-cut it out (Spellbinders).  Ink the edges with matching green and yellow inks to add emphasis.

To assemble, adhere the gingham background to a Stardream Metallic Quartz cardbase (cut to 6″ x 12″ and scored down the center) with tape runner.  Tie a bow of natural twine around the matted daffodil image and secure it and the sentiment to front with foam tabs.

I hope you enjoyed this pretty springtime card project and I’d love to hear your comments!