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A beautiful New Year begins!


No, this isn't a topic about New Year resolutions and diets!  Today's topic is about cardmaking using techniques that don't allow paint and ink to adhere to certain areas of the paper.  Here's the back story...

My sister asked me to craft with her and her 92 year old MIL who has Alzheimer's.  I've enjoyed two crafting sessions so far and appreciate how having a paper craft background, the experience of creatively engaging my own son many years ago, and good old Pinterest were useful resources in planning our time together.  We were occupied with craft fun for well over 3-1/2 hours each time!

Our project began with an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of watercolor paper and a white crayon.  TIP:  Don't have a white crayon?  Experiment with any color crayon!  You can also use sealing/canning wax!  We later realized that MaryJane (the MIL) was working on a sheet of copy paper that was on top of the watercolor paper.  But, as it turned out, we made her sheet into 2 envelopes to hold the cards! 

I'm sad I didn't take photos of her beautiful envelopes.  We ended up using leftover strips from the watercolor paper to trim the envelope flap as well as decorate the left side of the front of the envelope.  I will be repeating this activity with her and promise to take photos!  

Here are two of the cards showing the unfinished and finished versions. 

The cool mottled background was achieved by sprinkling Epson salt into the wet watercolor and letting it dry.  Once dry, we just brushed off the salt with our fingers.
My sister has a very fancy cutting machine and she was busy creating the envelope template and the sentiment for us.  I added the glue and MaryJane placed the paper pieces! 
She even placed the punched snowflake!  I affixed the gems, but she picked out what color to use.  Mary Jane's cards went to her family and I'm sure they were well received. 

Masking Fluid Resist

Here's another technique using Masking Fluid.  Unfortunately, my masking fluid was quite gummy from disuse, but I was able to skim off the gummy layer and and made it work.  TIP:  Rubber Cement works as a masking medium as well!

As I was rummaging through my Penny Black clings, I found a perfect winter scene.  If you look closely, you'll see lots of snowflake circles that I covered with masking fluid.  Once dry, the panel was ready for watercolor.
My favorite part is to reveal the erased masking fluid to see the painting pop!  I ran the letters through my Xyron Sticker Maker (I love that little tool!) and dipped each letter into glitter.  This stamp is 6 x 3.5 and I didn't want to cut it down, so I mounted it onto a card base that fit the stamped image well.  I have 3 family member birthdays in January, so this pretty will go to one lucky duck!

Background Resist

I wanted to create another full sheet of background other than snowflakes.  Without having a specific plan, I made marks and squiggles with masking fluid.  Once dry, the painting began! 

Looks like a hot mess, right?  Wait for it...!!!
Once the paper was completely dry, the masking fluid was removed by rubbing it off with my fingers.  However, I ended up using a sand eraser as the mask was so thick.  Patience was necessary for this step!  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at this cut panel ready for a card design.
Turns out the difficult part was designing the card!  I walked away several times and was beginning to feel nothing creative was going to happen.  Obviously, I was wrong!  TIP:  Ignore the busy background and pretend it's a plain panel!

I like that the colors have a wintery feel, just right for my January birthday recipients!

Have a pleasant week!


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