Cardmaking

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th Birthday Card)!

September is birthday alley for our relations. We have 7 within a couple of weeks of each other!

Yesterday was our foster-sister’s 18th Birthday, so I made her a fun, bright card to celebrate!

A Watercolour Geometric Pattern (18th B'day Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

This card was inspired by Virginia’s View Challenge #18:

Virginia's View Challenge #18

I thought the geometric patterns would be cool for a teenager card, and I loved the colours too!

I decided to create a watercolour geometric pattern. To make the shapes I drew on a piece of card with a pencil and a ruler. NB: I used a piece of card not designed for watercolours. This was okay except in a couple of shapes where I tried to add more colour to make them darker, but the paper couldn’t handle the extra water, and it started to break on the surface. I would use watercolour paper next time.

I began by just drawing lines randomly in different directions, then as the paper became more full I thought more carefully about where the lines would go:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When I was happy with the pattern I started filling in the shapes with colour! Yellow first:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When you start adding more colours you need to check if the paint is dry where any colours will touch. Don’t paint teal next to yellow if the yellow isn’t dry yet or the colours will mix together! I painted teal and light pink next:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then purple:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally I filled in the gaps with some grey (light and dark) and some hot pink. Plus I used a couple of the previous colours again too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the painting was all done I left it to dry thoroughly, then went over the lines of the pattern again with a ruler, using a black Promarker pen. This covered up the messy edges where the different colours met, and helped them all to ‘pop’:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

At this point I scanned the image into my computer – in case I mucked up any of the following stages or in case I want to use it again one day!

Next I cut the number ’18’ from some more white card using my Cricut Explore. I cut this and the pattern to approx 8″ square, then I stuck the number piece on top of the geometric pattern using foam tape and dots to give it some depth. I matted this onto hot pink card too:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted a few finishing touches. The birds in the Virginia’s View Challenge image had patterns within their geometric shapes, so I used this idea. I doodled some zigzags, dots, and lines using a gold and white gel pens. Then I added some gems, pearls, and enamel dots to a few other shapes. It gives it that extra bit of oomph:

Watercolour Geometric Patterns (18th Birthday Card) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck this to a card blank I’d made from an A3 piece of white card.

She said she liked her card – she had a couple of duplicate cards from other people and this is one of the reasons I love making cards – you know the one you are giving is unique!

I had a lot of fun making this pattern. I’m planning to try it out again with some different colour combinations and using watercolour paper. If you have a go at it please let me know!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

Blow Painting Splatter Cards

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s another set of cards for you inspiration, this time using blow painting as the background!

Blow Painting Splatter Cards:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I love how these look lively thanks to the watery splatters!

Simply tip a puddle of mist (you can also use watery paint or ink) onto some white cardstock:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

And use a straw to blow it around, turning the cardstock as you go so it spreads out in different directions:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I did one with gold mist and one with green:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

Leave it to dry and then assemble your cards! I used sentiments from the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine Ephemera, because they were transparent so you still could see the refreshing effect of the splatters:

Blow Painting Splatter Cards By Jennifer Grace

I also used a could of frame stickers because you could see through the middle of those too!

Be Inspired:

Try out some blow painting on your next project

Use transparent items or frames so you can see the background

Use some ephemera as a card sentiment

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll be back again shortly!

Jennifer x

Your Craft & Soul Events

A Challenge – Can You RESIST It?! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

It’s time for the next challenge {NOW CLOSED} – this one is to use a resist technique of some kind on your next project!

The winner of this challenge will receive this prize:

Resist It Challenge Prize at Jennifer Grace Creates

An Amy Tangerine Day Book and a roll of washi tape!

A resist technique means using one medium as a base layer which will resist the layer on top, eg. wax crayon, glue, or clear embossing powders are some mediums you can use as the base layer before adding ink, mist, paint, etc!

My favourite is to use clear embossing ink and powder with my stamps to make a resist background. I did this for my word of the year page CLEANSE. But here’s another page for inspiration too:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

I made the background by stamping lots of different shapes onto a sheet of Heidi Swapp Dreamy paper with clear ink. I tipped clear embossing powder onto each shape after stamping it, but I didn’t bother to heat emboss it until they were all done:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

After heat embossing you can barely see them:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

Until you swipe some paint on top – I used my watercolour paints again:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

I also used a Pink Paislee resist butterfly:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

Swiping it with some watered-down orange acrylic paint:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

I love how it creates subtle but pretty patterns:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

I used a blue pen to write my journaling to stick with the refreshing theme, it’s a lot lighter than my usual black pen:

Carefree layout by Jennifer Grace using a Resist Technique

Did you spot the free printables on here too?

Be Inspired:

Use a resist technique on your next project

Use a journal card or other paper phrase as your title

Swap a tool (eg a pen or glue) which you always use, and try a different one

If you need more resist inspiration check out Annie’s blog hop post, as she used glue-resist on some pocket scrapping cards!

To enter this challenge {NOW CLOSED}: Make something using a resist technique or resist products, and blog about it or upload it to an online gallery. Then come back here and add it to the linky tool below! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, and you can can combine it with other challenges (mine or other online challenges).

This challenge will close on Sunday the 15th of June at 10.59pm BST. It is open internationally.

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 9pm!

Jennifer x


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A Wash Of Watercolours Refreshing Card

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Once upon a time I used to paint pictures, in acrylic and watercolour, before scrapbooking took over my crafting life! Luckily I can still use the paints on my papercrafting projects. There’s something magical about mixing paint and water, ‘washing’ it over a piece of paper, and seeing it come to life…

A Wash of Watercolours Card:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

There are all kinds of different arty inks and paints you could use to make a background like this, but I just used my trusty watercolours – this palette is small enough that it tucks into my bureau so it’s always on hand:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used blue, green, and yellow to paint stripes across my white cardstock (American Crafts textured cardstock), making sure the paint was wet enough for the colours to mix into each other:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Because it was normal cardstock, not watercolour paper, it dried very warped:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

But leaving it overnight pressed between some heavy books fixed that problem:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I stamped the sentiment (from the Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado collection) using black ink, and then also added a kite (Pink Paislee Prairie Hill) using clear ink and Aqua American Crafts embossing powder. Then I pulled out these Prima Resist Canvas Stickers (Hello Pastel), which had been sitting unloved in my stash:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used the watercolours again to paint a few shapes:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Then I added them to my card with a few gems:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I’m going to save this for when I think someone needs a breath of fresh air mailed to them!

Be Inspired:

Use watercolours, inks, or mists to create a watercolour wash background

Paint some embellishments

Make a project with a light and airy feel to it

Do you ever make backgrounds with a wash of paint like this? Does it seem magical to you too?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

See you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

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DIY patterned paper

I’ve decided that I don’t combine my arts and crafts enough – painting has fallen by the wayside while my scrapping obsession takes over. I’m now determined to sneak some of my painting skills onto a few scrapbook layouts. I don’t want to forget the techniques, or leave my paints languishing in a drawer – that would be sad.

So, in case any of you have some paints hiding in the bottom of a cupboard, perhaps that someone gifted to you or your kids and the present got put away and never used, I’m going to share with you the papers or techniques that I paint to go onto my pages. I’ll start with one for watercolour paints, using rock salt to make a pattern. You can turn a white piece of paper into something like this:

It’s great fun and you can play around with various stages to get different effects. If you want to give this a go here’s the items you’ll need:

  • 1 piece of white cardstock. If you’ve got watercolour paper you can use that, but it’s not really necessary unless you are doing lots of layers. You might get small patches of discolouration or rougness if you use cardstock, but I think that just adds to it’s homemade charm, and it doesn’t always happen. I use cardstock most of the time – it’s cheaper.
  • Watercolour paints,at least two colours. Preferably in tubes but I only had pans so I had to use these – more work but not impossible! I had a go at this with acrylic paints, just to see if it worked, as I know more scrapbookers have acrylics. But it doesn’t work quite so well as the salt gets too stuck – acrylic is more adhesive. It might work with other paints though, if you have some lying around then give it a go!
  • Paintbrush / brushes – I used two as I needed a smaller one to get the paint from my pans, but if you’re using tubes you just need a big brush, this is also what you need to apply the paint. I used a watercolour mop, but any big, clean paintbrush would do, even a decorating one. It needs to be big so you can wash the paper quickly.
  • Palette (or an old plastic plate in my case!)
  • Water
  • Rock salt, pre-grinding. If it’s been ground the salt crystals will be too small and not leave such a good pattern.

Okay, once you have all these lined up, and you’ve protected your work surface, you need to paint the bottom layer of paint. I think it works best if the base colour is lighter than the top colour, so I chose light green. The paint will spread best if it’s watery.

Leave this to dry completely. Mine took about an hour, but it will depend on how wet your paint was / how warm your room is.
For the next couple of steps you will need to move fairly quickly.
With your brush clean and wet, spread water over your base layer of paint (in painting terms this is called a wash, but don’t completely soak the paper!)
Then, straight away, paint your darker colour of paint onto the water. Make sure it’s dark enough that you can’t see the lighter colour through too much, or you won’t be left with hardly any darker colour. I chose turquoise blue:

Then, quite soon afterwards, you need to sprinkle rock salt over the paint. The wetter your paint is when you sprinkle the salt, the more of the top colour it will soak up. If you want it to soak up less, then leave it a moment – but don’t let it dry or it won’t absorb any of the paint. You can put the salt in patches if you want clusters of pattern rather than an all over sprinkled look like mine.

You need to leave this to dry completely, I usually leave it when I go out for the day, or leave it overnight. Once it is absolutely dry you can brush off the salt, and ta-da, your paper is finished!
I chose my colours with a particular layout in mind – I wanted it to look like the sea with coral underwater (I should be able to show you the layout tomorrow). But you could use yellow under black for a starry sky, patches of colour under black for fireworks, or different shades of yellow for beaches. I’m sure there’s many other things it could sybolise, or it could just be a pretty abstract pattern to match the colours you want on your page.
I hope you’ve found this interesting, please let me know if you do or don’t, I won’t post any more tutorials like this if it helps no-one!
Bye for now xx
P.S. I should probably add that I’m not properly ‘trained’ in the arts, I learned to paint from books and my mum. So I’m sorry if I’m wrong about anything, but I’ll only post stuff that I’ve tried myself and therefore I’ll know works!