one thing i mentioned in yesterday's post is that i create a grid-like setup to house a photo of each of the cards i design in this project. one thing that this helps me with is to ensure i'm using a variety of color. you should know by now that i love all the colors, but i often find myself using the same ones over and over.
which brings me to today's card -
i noticed that i didn't have anything featuring a good amount of greens and with the upcoming holiday [st. patty's day] i thought it was a good time to design something with that in mind.
the inspiration wheel landed on stenciling and because i've been having so much fun adding a multitude of layers recently, i decided to combine both ink and a little texture paste.
i used a combination of three colors of distress ink; shabby shutters, peeled paint and mowed lawn to randomly blend through a wonky circle stencil. i wanted there to be areas where the colors were darker than others and i think that the background turned out great. i used a fourth color - rustic wilderness to blend around the edges of the panel.
using a stencil with smaller holes, i followed the same process of applying texture paste to random areas. the texture paste is typically white, but i tinted it with a combination of two colors of ink; mowed lawn and rustic wilderness. not only does it add a slight dimension, it has the coolest texture. i have described the paste as a cross between toothpaste and frosting.
the card base is a good shamrock-y color of green and it helps to make the sentiment, "so lucky to have you" pop! i really like the combination of the wonky circles that are completely round in the background layered with the somewhat organic circles of the paste - some are incomplete or just partial circles, but i think it works.
i'm going to try and get this one - along with all the other recents - into the online shop this upcoming weekend. i've got some housekeeping items to take care of in the craft castle; it's currently overloaded with new product and a handful of organizational projects have gotten slightly out of hand! oops.
12 days down, 88 to go!
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