Saturday, 16 September 2017

Patchwork Strip Background

This card came about after a play session with my new Ecoline Brush pens.  I decided to make a patchwork background, having cut them into strips.  It was made for a friend's 70th birthday (as you can see) and I wish her all the best today!
I started with two off cuts of watercolour card, scribbled a few colours from the Ecoline 30 pen set onto them and spritzed liberally with water to create drips and interesting blends. Scarlet, Deep Orange, Lemon Yellow and Green were used on the smaller sheet and all the Yellow/Ochre colours together with Green and Light Green on the larger sheet.

I used stamps from a range of sets designed by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous (Documanted, School Desk, Ledger Script and Mixed Media) and over stamped each sheet with coordinating Archival ink in Vermillion, Monarch Orange, Saffron, Leaf Green, Vivid Chartreuse and Tree Branch.

Each piece of watercolour card was then cut into strips of various widths.

As I was working with a 7" x 7" card, I cut a piece of thin card to use as a base for the patchwork background to 16.8cm 16.8cm.  The patchwork was built up from the bottom to the top, varying direction and mixing the two sets of strips together to produce a balance of colour and patterns.  Once dry, the edges were trimmed back.
This was matted onto a piece of black card 17.3cm x 17.3cm, both to make the colours pop and to match the die cuts which would be added later.
Using an off cut of the black card, I die cut the 7 and 0 from the Advent Drawer Deco Numbers set by Tonic Studios as well as the Happy Birthday from their Everyday Sentiments (1).  These were added using Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue.
Once the whole piece had been added to the base card, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Funny Bird stamp set designed by Kay Halliwell-Sutton at IndigoBlu and added an additional hand written note inside the card.  The local term of endearment is 'duck' so there can be two meanings read into the stamped element!
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