Thursday, April 7, 2011

Backgrounds and Texture...a card tutorial!

Hiya! It's Lisa Henke here with you today.  So happy to be sharing a little photo tutorial with you. I need to give a shout out to Angie for giving me the inspiration to try a painting technique. She does some beautiful work with all kinds of mediums. 
I pulled out some white acrylic paint and decided to try it. I also wanted to use a little more of that canvas I have in my stash and I'll show you how easy it is to color with copics.
Let's get started.
Once again, if I had some fancy video equipment, this would be a bit more fun,
but I'm an advocate for use what you it's a photo tut from me today :)

What you'll need:
white acrylic paint
paint brush or sponge dauber
copic friendly ink
copic markers
ippity stamps, of course!
Today I'm using the birds from
 Quotes à la Happy and the sentiment from
You Deserve
any embellishments you need to finish your card.

Let's Get Started.....

1.Start with little blobs (dotcha love my technical terms, lol) of white acrylic paint. I don't have a fancy holder for them, so I just use a scrap piece of plastic. Add a drop or two of your re-inker of choice and mix. Keep in mind,  your paint color will be much lighter than your re-inker, since you are adding it to white. Want a darker, more intense color, add more ink.

2.Using your sponge dauber (or paint brush), add some quick back and forth movements adding paint to your card base or card stock.  Feel free to blend your colors are you move from one shade to the next.
3.Let your paint dry or use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Set aside.

4.Next, move on to your canvas piece. Using a black ink that will work with Copics (I use Momento Tuxedo black) stamp your image. Let dry a minute.
5. Color with Copics (here is a looksie and some of the new colors that came out during Winter CHA). It's easy and makes a great finished look.
6. Stamp your sentiment. I added two colors of ink to my sentiment. Simply mask part of the sentiment to ink up with the first ink color. I then found it easy to add the second color with careful placement of the ink pad.

7. Distress the edges, sew around panel, add a strip of designer paper, and add buttons and ribbon.
8.Lay every thing out before adhering the layers and embellies down. This helps me get an idea of proper balance throughout my card.

Adhere everything down and your done.  Here's my finished card. I hope you'll feel inspired to work with some mixed media, acrylic paint, especially and maybe throw in some canvas with copic coloring. If I can do, so can you! Thanks for stopping by,  today!

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  1. Lisa, this is AMAZING!!!! I just love your home made colors, talk about being creative! And your final card is incredibly it!!!

  2. Beautiful, Lisa! I love all of your special little touches!

  3. What a great tutorial! Your card is quite lovely! May have to try this painting technique!!

  4. Adorable! I love the colors and the final picture too! I am so loving crinkled seam ribbon!

  5. darling card, lisa! thanks for the paint tut-i'll give it a try!

  6. Great tutorial Lisa, it's amazing what a great look you can achieve with just a little bit of imagination :)
    Your final result is an amazingly beautiful card! LOVE it and you make it look SO easy and un-intimidating!

  7. You've made paint and Copics seem very approachable - good for you! Love the finished product, too!

  8. This is a great technique and you make it look so simple. The end result is fantastic. A really beautiful card with lots of layers and as you said texture.

  9. This is just one stunning card. Love the techniques. Thanks for an awesome tutorial.

  10. GORGEOUS, Lisa:) LOVE this technique--next I'd like to see how you made that beautiful bow!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!