It's another magical Monday with today's card. I made this card for this week's CAS Colours & Sketches sketch challenge. I used two techniques to give this clean and simple card a little bit of dimension and interest. When adding to a CAS card you need to be careful not to add too much, or your card is suddenly no longer CAS!
I started with a panel of mixed media paper cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches. I used a die to cut the swirl then I watercolored around it using Distress Inks. I love doing cards like this - they are very organic and no two ever come out the same. I started with the lightest ink and added some darker blues to the center. Then I added more light around the edges. In between I used a heat gun to dry my layers. I kept doing this until I was satisfied with the look. When I was finished I adhered the panel to a top folding A2 card base.
I struggled with the right sentiment when I came across this one in my stash. It seemed to fit perfectly. I heat embossed it on a black panel and cut it to size. I didn't want it flush with the card base, that seemed too flat and it needed some depth. I tried using foam tape on the back but then it was way too high for the size of the strip. It looked a bit ridiculous. I ended up lifting it off the card slightly by using a stack of four pieces of black card stock the same size. This has become one of my go to ways to add dimension.
I wanted the swirl to have some sparkle but not in an obvious way, so I added some clear glitter enamel dots.
Some I added to the blue areas and some fit perfectly in the holes created by the dots. Because they are clear and glittery, they add just a hint of sparkle. Hard to see in the photo but pretty striking in person. Just enough to emphasize the "magic" of the image.
Adding dimension with a few layers of card stock and adding some interest with clear embellishments are two ways to add something extra to your cards while still keeping things simple.
Stamp: Impression Obsession Words for Art
Die: Simon Says Stamp Bubble Breeze
Distress Inks: Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans
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