Hello, Erica here!
I have another big project to share with you today. These were actually not planned at all but rather an after-thought. Or more a necessity to use the eight mandalas I had coloured. Yep, you read that right; eight. Sometimes I like sitting down just to colour and the Mandala stamp is so fun to try different colour combinations on.
All of them are heat embossed in white on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water coloured paper as I wanted to use my Zig markers. It actually started with just the one but I didn’t like how that one turned out, I went with the wrong colours and it annoyed me so much that I had to try redeeming myself. So what started as a quick redemption colouring ended up a colouring marathon. I stamped up another one and another one and another one.. I was on such a roll that I ended up with eight coloured mandalas. At least they are all somewhat different from each other. After that first fateful one, I decided to stick to the same colour for each one, just varying the shades of it and that worked out much better. I think that might have been the turning point as well as the starting point of the colouring marathon.
Well, at some point I managed to rein myself in and stop with the stamping and colouring. I fussycut them all out and decided to do small square note cards with the mandalas. Using white backgrounds didn’t really work, I thought they were too boring. Ink blending was too big a job after my marathon. It really is too bad that colouring isn’t counted as cardio! I’d be fit as a fiddle!
Back to the backgrounds: I cut out stitched squares in water colouring paper and got the Gansai Tambi 36 pack out as well as a short bristled paint brush. Matching the droplet colours to the mandalas I got splattering like a mad woman. I love doing this, every single piece looks different and unique. The one for the pink mandala got sweeping pink brush strokes too as the pink looked way too red. Whilst letting the panels dry, I decided on sentiments for the cards. I thought it would be overkill to use the same one for all eight so I divided them up relatively evenly colourwise.
At this point I thought these might make a nice present for someone and having generic but useful sentiments would be the best way to go. I chose ‘Thanks’ from Duo Talk for half of them.
For the other half I went with ‘Just a Note’ from Hello Alice. These I stamped in black ink in the bottom right corner.
On my white card bases I adhered the backgrounds with foam tape and then the mandalas were added using slightly thinner foam tape. I love foam tape, it just adds a little something to a card without the addition of embellishments and the likes. Not that I didn’t toy with the idea of other embellishments but you will be surprised to hear I decided against it. Miracles happen, right?
Well, that’s it from me today. Happy crafting and see you soon again!