Monday, October 28, 2019

Neat & Tangled October Release Week: Day One

Hello everyone. It’s Neat & Tangled’s October Release Week! Today I have a card using the NEW Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set. I also used the Modern Triangle Stencil also by Neat & Tangled but from an older release.

Make sure you (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled website and blog to see the entire NEW October release and all of the inspiration from the design team. Definitely leave a comment for your chance to win today’s GIVEAWAY! The winners will be announced this Friday over on the Neat & Tangled Blog. Come back each day for another chance to win.

I started this project with a piece of Neenah 110 lb. cardstock cut to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches. I used some low tack tape stuck to the back to keep my panel in place on my Tonic Studios 12 x 12 Glass Mat.  I also used the same low tack tape to keep my Neat & Tangled Modern Triangle Stencil in place over the panel. Making sure not to cover any of the cardstock with the tape.

In the corner of my glass mat I expelled about a quarter size pile of Blick Modeling Paste. This is a smooth white paste straight from the tube but I added a few drops of Dr. PH Martins Hydrus Watercolor ink to the pile to mix in some color. I added 2 drops of Phthalo Blue an additional 2 drops of Phthalo Green and mixed it together with my Nuvo Spatula.

Once the color was well incorporated and it was the desired shade, I applied it to the cardstock through the stencil using my spatula to roughly add texture as well. I also used the same amount of modeling paste and two drops of the Magenta shade from the same Dr. PH Martin’s Hydras watercolor set. I applied to the paper the same way only this time I concentrated the color to the bottom left leaving the two colors separated.

I set this panel aside to dry in front of a fan. It did take an hour or so to dry enough for me to mess with it at all and even then it probably could have used more time. So be patient and let it dry before you add images over top of it.

While my background was drying, I stamped the large image from the NEW Neat & Tangled Heartfelt sentiments stamp set with My Favorite Things Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. This ink is my favorite to use when I attempt no-line coloring. Although, with my coloring style, I end up drawing the lines back in with whatever coloring medium I am using at the time.

I wanted to use my Derwent Inktense pencils to color only the center of the arrangement. I have created a Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils coloring map so that I could share the colors I used to color the image as well as save it to my Pinterest board in order to reference the color combination again.

I added the darkest shades to the shadow areas and I draw the color out with a blender pen. I really like the texture that pencils give so I try not to blend it too much and lose the pencil lines. I also add the darker colors to the darkest areas and don’t blend them out at all.

Once I was finished coloring the sunflower, I cut it out using my Tonic Studios Kush Grip Scissors. I also took my blender pen and reactivated the color on the edges to make the stark white edges blend in. I used Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares, which are also available in the Neat & Tangled Shop while supplies last. I placed a few on the backside of the sunflower and centered it on my card panel.

The entire panel was then popped up using a piece of craft foam. I adhered a slightly smaller piece to the back of the panel using Tombow Mono Tape Runner Adhesive (also available in the N&T shop for a limited time). I then added it to a Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation.

That is it for my project today. Make sure you come back tomorrow for more inspiration using the NEW Neat & Tangled October Release. Comment below and over on the Neat & Tangled Blog for your chance to win today’s GIVEAWAY. (CLICK HERE) to visit the blog and shop the NEW Release.

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  1. Gorgeous coloring! And love the textured background :)

  2. What a fun background for your gorgeously colored flower!

  3. Amazing coloring and I LOVE the background!

  4. Gorgeous card. I love the soft colors.

  5. Pretty colors and textures! I love this gorgeous sunflower! Beautiful card!

  6. Love the soft colors. :) So pretty.

  7. Love the background you created for this pretty sunflower.

  8. Beautiful card! Love the color of the sunflower and the background...
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Such a pretty card. The pattern in the background make it look like it is sparkling.

  10. Love the use of just the flower
    in the card. The stenciling
    in the background makes it pop.
    Wonderful card. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. So pretty!! Love that fun background!

  12. Hi Koren :) Your sunflower is soooooo realistic I could reach out and pick it!!! Thanks for inspiring me :)

  13. This is so pretty! I love how how you colored the flower. :)

  14. Marisela Delgado said: I LOVE this card! So beautiful.