It was so satisfying to be able to complete a card with any creative technique I felt like using at the time.
Take a look inside almost any issue of Card Maker and chances are you’ll find one or more cards from designer Karin Åkesdotter.
Gelli Plates Printing
A few years ago, the only way to make a gelatin print was to make a gelatin printing plate. The process was tedious, and the plates were temperamental, often disintegrating within an hour. That’s all in the past. Thanks to Gelli Arts, the soft and spongy Gelli Printing Plate is here to stay!
Let's Color! Paints & Pastes
It’s only appropriate that this issue’s coloring column is inspired by autumn. Natural aging effects, rustic textures and colorful leaves are the influences for the following techniques using chalk paints and pastes.
Happy Boss Day
Michaels cardstock: brown, medium blue, cream, dark blue
Coloring Book Images
One of the hottest trends in the craft world right now is coloring books for grown-ups.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is that nearly everything takes on a holiday shine.
Once the air starts to cool and the days get shorter, trends shift toward warmer colors and more texture for clothing, home decor and even paper crafting. My autumn cards always use deeper, warmer colors such as reds, browns, oranges and creams instead of the brighter tones and white commonly used in the summer months. In addition to a richer color palette, I also reach for the texture pastes and foils to add dimension and dynamics to my harvest-season cards.
The serendipity technique is one of those go-to techniques that is not only timeless, but also results in beautiful one-of-a-kind creations! Although it is not new, it may be new to many of you. For others, this may be a pleasant reminder to revisit this technique and all of its possibilities. Like many techniques, it has evolved and continues to do so with each new product being used in the world of card making and paper crafting.
Vellum is not a new product to the craft market by any means, but this product has been making a comeback into the paper-craft world as a new trend, especially in card making.
Project note: Refer to photo and Quilled Shape diagrams when forming quilled shapes. Use a fine-tip glue applicator or toothpick to place glue on ends of quilling paper when securing quilled shapes. Tweezers can also be used to place quilled shapes onto card.
Darice Core’dinations Premium cardstock: white 110 lb., black
Envelope Punch Board
As crafters, we all love to shop for cardstock, patterned papers, stickers and embellishments.
Cardstock: French Paper Co. (black licorice, orange fizz); Neenah Paper (solar white)