Saturday, 3 September 2016

Deer To Me

Hello there! Today I have a very clean and simple card for you which received some additional specks of color as an afterthought to enhance it and make it more interesting.

First of all, to create the wash of color behind the deer, I used the same technique that Laura Bassen excels at: ink blending. I am tapping off the blending tool before taking it to paper to make sure I don’t end up with ugly blobs of color. In addition, I like to spritz my distressed background with Perfect Pearls mist to make the colors blend even better.

I did color the deer twice. I sometimes seem to go overboard with contrast, and this time I ended up with an image which was way too dark for my taste, so remember: you can always add in more dark colors, you just can’t really make it lighter! Rather go over it another time or a third time than to add too much dark color right away.

Originally, my card didn’t have any of that rainbow paper. I thought I was done with the card, but I kept returning to it because I felt it was just missing something. In the end, I cut a strip of the rainbow paper and adhered it to the long edge, and the left over was pushed underneath the black banner. It’s just a tiny thing, but believe me when I say it made a huge difference. (I used paper that is different from what's offered in the store, but I added a paper pad into the product list that has rainbow stripes, in case you want to give this a go).

So, don’t be afraid to alter your cards even when you think you are done. Your gut will most likely know what it’s doing :)

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!


  1. Julia, I love this. Using Perfect Pearls over the ink blended background looks beautiful and the deer isn't too dark at all - it looks fab! Those pops of rainbow paper are a perfect finishing touch. Great inspiration, thank you! Esther

  2. I love your sweet card and the striped paper does set it off perfectly!


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