Today, I am back with another design team project for Taylormadecards4u! This time, I am working with the English Garden bundle. I chose to only work with the 4 piece card sized background and a few of the ephemera pieces. This month, I decided to load the ephemera pieces into Cricut Design Space so I could have my Cricut do a Print then Cut. Not only because I am not a fan of fussy cutting, but also because I could easily resize the pieces to suit my needs. I chose to print and cut the butterflies in a few different size variations so I had plenty to choose from for my cards today. There is a TON more stuff included in this bundle that I did not get a chance to work with for this project though. I've included the bundle promo picture so you can see what all is included. There is a ton of value here. You can find the Taylormadecards4u shop by clicking HERE. Also, Taylormadecards4u is partnering with the Crafter's Castle Challenge Blog this year. So, every month the winner of the challenge will win the kit, not the bundle, that the Taylormadecards4u design team is working with.
An English Garden Kit (Prize for the Crafter's Castle Challenge Blog Winner this month)
An English Garden Bundle (What the Taylormadecards4u Design Team is working with)
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Ok, now that we got all that out of the way, let's get to my cards that I made with this kit this month. I wanted to mix a little modern with the vintage this month. If you have been here before, you know that I LOVE making backgrounds and that I recently got some Dr. PH Martin's Hydrus Watercolors for Christmas from my husband. Well, so many people loved the background that I made in the Blind Background Swap Collab Video that I did with Delaney Jane cards. That I thought I would try doing some more backgrounds with these vibrant watercolors and this kit. For my first card, I taped some Fabriano Hot Press 140lb Watercolor paper to my glass media mat and wet it down with a large paint brush. Then, I dropped in some of the Turquoise Blue watercolor. I let it spread out. Then I decided that it wasn't moving enough for me, so I sprayed it with my water bottle. I moved it around with my brush a little. I'm really not a pro here. I'm just a card maker that is playing around with a new medium. Eventually, I decided to drop in the Ultramarine Red Violet and started mixing the two colors in the center and spread it out until I got a pure color towards the edges. Again, just moving the color around and playing.
The idea here was to have this watercolor piece go behind one of the patterned paper pieces from the An English Garden Bundle. I had chosen the more delicate looking floral background and cut a circle out of it with a Spellbinders Nestabilities, Standard Circles, LG Die set. Once I was fairly happy with the way my watercolor piece was looking, I brought that patterned paper in to see how it would look over the watercolored background. I still had some white edges showing, which was not my intent. So, I spread the color out a bit further before heat setting and pulling the tape off.
After finishing the watercolor piece, I pulled out Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and inked the edges of the patterned paper piece. The one that I had cut the circle out of. If you have been here before, you know how I love distressing the edges of...well everything! For vintage looking items, I usually use Vintage Photo, however since this piece was so light in color, I thought maybe Brushed Corduroy would be a better fit. In the end, I held my piece up to my watercolor background and decided that I wanted more contrast and ended up using the Vintage Photo just around the very edges, not completely covering the Brushed Corduroy that I had already laid down.
For the second card, I also used my Dr. PH Martin Hydrus Watercolors, but this time I used Hansa Yellow Medium, Chrome Yellow, & Vermilion Hue. Again, I used Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolor paper taped down to my glass media mat and I wet the paper with a large brush before dropping in the color. I started with the Hansa Yellow Medium and when I first dropped it on the paper and it plumed out, I thought it looked like a smoke cloud. Well, except that it was yellow and not gray or black. So, at first I thought, that if I could get the others to do this, maybe I would go with it and have them all kinda plume out that way from the edges, but not touch very much. If that makes sense, but in the end I ended up mixing them all together. I still love the way it looks and it was all just me experimenting and having fun. I just kept pushing the color around with my brush and spraying water with my spray bottle until I was satisfied with how it looked. Once done, I pulled the tape off from the edges, as carefully as possible.
Next, I cut down the butterfly ephemera piece to 3x3.25in and mounted it on some black paper that was a 1/4in bigger. I cut the background pieces to 3.75x5in and also mounted it onto a black matte that was a 1/4in larger. After mounting the butterfly piece, I realized that I meant to distress it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink first. So, I just went ahead and did it while it was on the black matte. Distress Inks are transparent. So, it wasn't going to show up on the black paper anyways.
For my third and final card, I decided to forgo the watercoloring. I just wanted to use up most of the remaining pieces that I had printed from the English Garden Bundle. For once, I actually started with stamping my sentiments! Shocker, I know! I started by stamping the "Just a Note" sentiment on the tag ephemera. This sentiment is from the Altenew Lace Up stamp set.
I moved on to the inside and stamped "Thank you for all you do" from the same stamp set.
Next, I glued a piece of the 1/4 sized patterned paper straight down to my card base using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.
I hope that you enjoyed my cards today and will check out the other Design Team members projects, linked below. Also, if you do go to the Taylormadecards4u shop, remember that there is a 20% discount if you use the coupon code Loyalty on digital products only.