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!
This card was inspired by 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:
When I was happy with the pattern I started filling in the shapes with colour! Yellow first:
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:
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:
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’:
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:
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:
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!