Friday, May 8, 2020

Avery Elle - Woodland Wonder Window Cards

Hello everyone! Welcome back.

Today I'll be talking about the three cards I've made with Avery Elle's Woodland Wonder set. A new one to me, I had a bunch of fun making some window cards and stretching myself to do things I'm not yet good at! I hope you enjoy.

When I first started making cards I did a lot of fussy-cutting, spending hours hunched over small images and learning how to cut intricate shapes. That has held me in good stead for the cards I've created today - I don't have the coordinating die for this stamp set but I've put my practice to good use. It takes longer but it's worth it!

This first card took quite a while to make. I first coloured the images using my Nuvo Markers while deciding what to do with the card. I had this idea for a blended circle behind the owl, and I quickly thought that I could add an acetate window and create a shaker section. I haven't done it often but it's good to keep doing new techniques. 

I blended the background with Distress ink from Ranger. For some reason it took three goes before I had a background that had little mistakes - it was frustrating to see smudges and sharp colour ruin an almost-complete background! I tell you this so you won't feel bad about your mistakes. We are always learning and we are always making errors to keep ourselves humble!

A new tip I learnt while watching Kathy's Online Colouring class was to add pencil colours to my colouring, even if I was using a different medium. When I coloured the owl, the alcohol markers looked okay. When I added some brown shades with my Polychromos pencils it just increased the depth and quality of the colours!

After all my images were cut out, my background blended and my acetate placed onto the circle, I chose blue and white-based sequins for the shaker section and placed everything onto a card base. I love that background and how the card looks!

This next window card was made in fairly the same way. I used Nuvo Markers again, changing up the colours a little. I also used a warm grey cardstock for the front, and used an Oval die from Honey Bee Stamps for the window.

I also added some pencil shading to the owl and the bunny. Notice how the whole animal isn't coloured? I've been realising that sometimes less is more when it comes to animals! Besides, can someone show me if there's a way to do shades of white?!

Lastly, I have this card which I posted at the perfect time - this week has been very cold as Autumn keeps encroaching on us! I used only Polychromos pencils on this colouring, and I also added another Avery Elle stamp set - Grateful - for the embossing and the leaves. Again I don't have a die set but my scissors are still handy! I chose a cool grey for the background to contrast with the deep warm colours of the leaves.

I had a bunch of fun with this card, and look at the range of colours on those leaves! I blended light green to red with hints of brown down the bottom too. The tree leaves also have autumn colours which was great!
I also added the 'thankful' sentiment because autumn is harvest time. Although our Thanksgiving is in February (and feels totally different to the American celebration!) I was in the mood while putting this card together.

That's it for today! I hope you're inspired by these cards and maybe want to try a window card. Foam tape comes in very handy for these projects! 

Until next time,
Shana xx

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