Friday, June 24, 2011

Lone Cactus

I paired up companies for this card, the cactus is QKR Stampede and all the grasses are Biblical Impressions.

This background is super simple to create and if you can tear paper and smear an ink pad on cardstock then you can handle a scene like this.

-The cactus is colored with Copic markers: C5, C7, G94, G99 then mask off using a sticky note.
-Tear paper to form a mountain effect (save the top half to use in another step) and cover the ground area, tear another piece to cover the ground area at the bottom of the mountain.
-Using the direct to paper technique, smear on the sky colors remove the mask and heat dry. If by chance you do not like your smear pattern - just do it again.
-With the opposite piece of mountain torn paper cover the sky area, tear a second piece to cover the ground below and smear on the color, remove the mask and heat dry. Continue the same steps for each color.
-Once all the colors are applied I touched up areas that may have been missed due to the cactus mask with either direct to paper or a small paint brush and ink from the pad. If you need texture on any of the colors here are a few ways to achieve it: coarse sponge, stamp a grass image using the same color ink, flair on the same color using direct to paper or add the same color ink and let it air dry.
-Stamp on your grasses, I also used an orange Sharpie marker to add some flowers.

The triangles are punched squares cut corner to corner. For the border on the image panel triangles I punched a half square using a ½” square punch lined up corner to corner while viewing the bottom of the punch, then punched a ¾” square above it and they were glued to the card.

The insert was colored with Copics: E49, YR15, B04

Images: QKR Stampede - 18608 Saguaro, Biblical Impressions - 38913 Grass, 38917 Grass, 38921 Grass, 38923 Grass, 38909 Grass
Paper: The Paper Company- blue, saffron, 80% glossy cardstock
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, StazOn - Jet Black, Ranger distress ink - faded jeans, broken china, frayed burlap, vntage photo, spiced marmalade, rusty hindge
Accessories: The Paper Studio - brads, Aleene's tacky glue, foam pop dots, layered thick carpet tape (for right triangles)
Tools: Fiskars Leather plate, Cuttlebug, Stampin Up mat pack, 1/2", 3/4" 1" square punches, Bazzill piercer, sponges, heat tool/gun


  1. You have created a stunning card with a great blend of the companies.

  2. Great job! Everything about this card just blends so beautifully!