Monday, September 26, 2016

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs

How fun is this!!! Tonya is up today with this beautiful watercolored card and...
bonus foiling!!! Thanks Tonya for this beautiful inspiration!!! 

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

Oh today I have a treat for the eyes.  I am going to share with you a simple watercolor technique you can use to create beautiful cards in minutes. And a great way you can turn your stamps into foiled designs to add texture and sparkle to Yvonne's amazing stamps.

I chose these two fantastic stamps for today's card.  For this technique I suggest line art or text stamps that are not too complicated.  Larger text works best, like the first stamp.

On this stamp set.  I'm going to use "Tomorrow is another day" on the inside with Heidi Swapp's Navy blue ink.  It will not be foiled.  This stamp set is too small for the foiling technique.

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

In the video below I share with you the simple technique I used for watercoloring the flower.  I used an inexpensive 18 color watercolor set that retails for $5.  It took about 15 mins to watercolor the card.  I used a 3" inch punched circle as a guide to make sure I was staying in frame. 

The card dimensions are as follows:
Base - is a top folding  A2  (original cut 4 1/4 in x 11 in scored at 5 1/2 in)
Top Panel:  110lb white cardstock  4 in x 5 1/4 in
Acetate:  3 3/4 in x 5 in
Mask:  4in x 5 1/4 in with a 3 in circle die cut

To foil the stamped image.  I used Ranger's Sticky Embossing powder with Versa Ink.  The Heidi Swapp's Foil in Pink and Minc to set the foil.  I show you the steps in the video below.
I must confess that the foiling is cool, but not a completely smooth technique. 

Here is the video.

Here is what my final card looks like. Of course the front is super shiny it is just hard for the camera to capture the metallic surface. The hand doodling really give the card a whimsical feel, and gives life to the flower cluster.  It hides a lot of imperfections, and helps for the flowers to take shape if you aren't an experienced watercolor artist.

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

I do not recommend doing the foiling technique if you want a completely smooth effect on text. The sticky powder will not allow for complete coverage of the foil. However, I think the texture offers some interest to the text.   To hide the imperfections, I decided to make mine a shaker card.  The sequins on the front of the card really give a lot of pop and depth. By adhering a few down inside  the shaker area, it keeps them from being lost when they aren't being stirred. 

Make Today Awesome Card by Tonya Gibbs for Yvonne Blair Designs

Here is the inside of the card.  I wasn't happy with the way it stamped in the video. So I re-stamped it on a fishtail banner die cut and placed it on top of the original stamp. I think I like the die-cut better.  I also decided to use Navy blue ink instead of black, because it matched my watercolor better.

Who wouldn't love to receive this card? I hope I have inspired you to create a beautiful watercolor card, and try to foil emboss the stamps from Yvonne.  It really gives them a unique look, and the shaker cards are always a big hit.

Thanks for stopping in today.

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