Monday, December 29, 2014
When creating a card the first thing I do is choose some designer paper to showcase my image. This one happens to measure 6"x6". I can get 4 backgrounds out of a 12"x12" sheet. I've been cutting and storing the extras in a 6"x6" box and it makes it so much easier to be able to grab from a stash that is already cut and waiting for me.
From there I lay the image on top the designer paper and start selecting my colors for the image that will play off the background design. This design had me thinking vintage, so I chose all warm colors.
*Note even the greys are warm.
It's very simple to do. Just remove the cap and dampen your swatch and lay it across the already colored image area that you'd like to add texture to. Just a quick pat is all it takes!
If you hit an area you didn't want textured, just grab a marker and touch it up again.
A couple of other techniques used was to outline the image using the W0 color. It's very, very light. It's a great way to give the image a faint shadow and add some dimension. Look closely and you'll see I also used a sponge technique to ground the image so it doesn't appear to be floating.