Jyoti here today from Cardsncraftsnyc.com, welcomes you to Studio Katia Blog. I am thrilled to unveil a remarkable card creation that brings together simplicity and impact in a stunning display of floral beauty. Join me as we dive into the captivating technique of faux print-like coloring, designed to help busy crafters achieve breathtaking results in no time at all.
Step 1: Stamping and Coloring
We all know the joy of coloring a stamped image, but let’s face it, it can be time-consuming. That’s where the faux print-like coloring technique comes in. This approach allows you to create a unique and beautiful card without dedicating hours to intricate coloring. It’s perfect for those who want to make an impact in a fraction of the time.
To begin, I selected a beautiful image from the BOTANICAL HI STAMP SET and stamped it onto Neenah 80-pound card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. With the intention of coloring only a portion of the image, I used two outside dies from the DOTTED PATTERNS SET 1 DIE SET to carefully cut out the stamped image, preserving both the portions. My goal was to create a faux digital print look. So I opted for simple coloring within the lines and excluded shading and highlighting. I only colored the inside piece of die-cut image and left the outside as is. I used R20 and R22 for coloring the flowers in two different shades of pink. For the center of the flowers and the berries, I used YR24, and G94 brought the leaves and stem to life. Finally, I filled the rest of the background using YG24.
Step 2: Precision Cutting and Acetate Window Creation
To add a touch of intrigue and dimension to the card, I incorporated a window element. By carefully cutting inside the letters of the sentiment “HI”, I allowed the background pattern paper to peek through, enhancing the overall visual appeal. The result is a design that sparks curiosity and draws the eye to the stunning focal image. Then the acetate sheet added behind the cut-out adds stability. I could have added shaker elements behind the window but I skipped it as I wanted the simply colored image to be the focus of the card.
Step 3: Embossed Sentiment
Taking advantage of the pre-existing sentiment “Hi” I stamped and embossed the phrase “My Dear Friend” with white embossing powder on black card stock. Carefully cutting it into a strip, I prepared it to be added below the window area. So the whole message would be “Hi my dear friend”.
Step 4: Card Assembly
To assemble the card, I started with an A2 card base. I adhered a teal striped pattern paper, measuring 4 inches by 5 and a quarter inches, directly onto the base using glue. Next, I added the outer portion of the stamped die-cut, featuring a lovely stitched border, and the uncolored floral image. The colored part of the image was mounted using foam tape, ensuring it remained the focal point. The cutout “Hi” window effect adds an element of intrigue and dimension to the card design.
Step 5: Adding Finishing Touches
To enhance the overall visual appeal and add a touch of elegance, I embellished the card with SPRING GREEN CRYSTALS. These crystals complemented the botanical theme and brought a subtle sparkle to the design.
And there you have it, a magnificent faux print-inspired card featuring BOTANICAL HI STAMP SET that showcases the beauty of the colored image. The combination of quick coloring, die cutting, and the addition of a window has resulted in a breathtaking card design. I hope this step-by-step guide has inspired you to explore new techniques and create your own unique designs. Thank you for joining me today, and I cannot wait to see the incredible creations you’ll make with this stamp set. Happy crafting!