Friday, March 15, 2013

Poppies That Pop off the Background

I designed a colorful background with depth, combined with PanPastels to make these lovely  poppies from Sheena  pop off the page.

To make the background I spritzed a full sheet of cardstock with water, then spritzed a variety of colors- mini ministers filled with inks, Perfect Pearls and water - a recipe I learned from Tim Holtz . I picked up the cardstock and tilted it to make the colors blend.   The ink colors I used are pretty in pink, night of navy and tempting turquoise.   NOTE:  The paper will curl up when it's wet. When you dry with heat tool, in a future step, it will flatten back out. Another tip I learned from Tim, use the heat gun on the front and back to dry it completely.

Next, I laid another piece of cardstock on top to share the colors - two for one! :o)  After I pulled them apart, I blotted with paper towels and dried with heat tool.

I spritzed color through a stencil and dried with a heat gun. I repeated to cover the complete sheet.  NOTE: you'll need to protect the other parts of the cardstock if you only want the color through stencil.

Next, I used a blending tool and stencil randomly on the the sheet to add some depth.

I cut the sheet into A4 sizes to have a few backgrounds to use as it is, or to add more colors later - depending on design I want.  For this card, I stamped the poppies and drew in the stems. I colored with PanPastels.   The PanPastels are easy to use and are so vibrant. They are a dry medium and very forgiving. If you accidentally color where to don't want to, you can just erase with a clean eraser.  When you are finished coloring, you will need to spray with a fixative to keep the color in place.  NOTE: After the fixative is sprayed, the PanPastels are permanent and cannot be erased.


Shout Out:  The techniques I used to design this background were inspired by Dyan's videos. You can see them here.

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Audrey Frelx said...

Trena, love this!!! They really do pop!

Denise said...

Wow, your poppies are SO GORGOUS!! Love the beautiful watercolor background with text too.