Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Creating A Scenic Card With Adornit

Today, I'm going to show you how easy it is to create a scenic card, featuring many of my favorite products from Adornit.  My inspiration?  That adorable little gnome from the Floral Jars Art Play collection.  Let me share a few quick tips on making this business sized #10 card, roomy enough for a fun, fantastical scene.

First, choose your images.  I chose to incorporate several different Adornit Art Play collections, looking for elements that would coordinate well together.  The mushrooms and flowers from the Today is Best and Adventure collection were perfect.  Mixing and matching is a great way to get creative and, at the same time, stretch your craft supplies.  

Next, pick your coloring medium.  I'm using Adornit watercolor pencils with my water brush.  This set comes with 36 amazing colors, however, I had specific colors in mind so I limited myself to using just a handful of  my watercolor pencils - teal, black, gray, red, two yellows and two greens.
Good quality watercolor pencils are essential, to achieve subtle blending, shading and smoothness.  The best tip I can give on shading with watercolor pencils is, start with the darkest color and outline your image.  Next, use a lighter color to fill in, leaving white space in the middle.  This will be your "reflective light", which helps give a three dimensional look to your colored images.

These are not your basic crayons in a box.  A little goes a long way.  You don't need to color your entire image.  Your water brush will spread the colors around and help blend.  If you feel that you have too much color, grab a paper towel and blot.  This works great for achieving "reflective light", as well.

When you've finished coloring your images, grab your scissors and begin fussy cutting.  I like to use my Fiskars fine tipped titanium scissors for this task.  

For the layered hillside, I'm using a multitude of Adornit scrapbook papers, including the Nested Owl  Mint papers, Laura Kelly papers and blender paper.   Some are available at adornit.com and others are available at scrapbook.com.  I love to shop both stores for my Adornit products.  The prices are excellent and shipping is very reasonable.  I do have affiliate links scattered throughout, for your convenience.

Back to the hillside.... the more layers the better!  Mix and match patterns and colors for that extra wow factor.  The double sided black and white dot papers designed by Laura Kelly for Adornit are one of my favorites.  It was a true lightbulb moment when I thought to color a few of my dots from the scrapbook paper, to match my mushrooms.  Don't you love when that happens?  You can easily use scissors to trim wavy strips, however I used a stitched border die with my Cuttlebug die/emboss machine.  

Because the card dimension is 9.25" by 8" (scored at 4"), most stitched dies are shorter in length.  
For those of you who do like to use these, simply run one pass through your machine, then tape down your die at the end of your first cut, and run through again.  This lengthens your stitched border cut.  If you'd like product info on the die that I used, go here.  I love when my crafty supplies play nicely together!  Don't you?

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Owl Charcoal stickers, chopping it up and spreading it out a bit for more visual effect.  

Thanks so much for popping in today.  I hope I've given you a little inspiration to try out a scenic Adornit card.  If you decide to give this a try, please share with me on my Facebook page, Waving My Wand, or tag me on Instagram.  Be sure and follow me, too.  Of course, you are always welcome to share in the Adornit Art Play Facebook Group as well.  We'd love to see you there!

from: Scrapbook.com

from: Scrapbook.com

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