I recently created this equestrian card for my pony crazed preteen. Since I knew I wanted to spend my time playing with various techniques, I decided to keep my layout simple by working with an old card sketch. So first stop was my card sketch library where I chose my old Card Sketch #1.
Here are the steps and techniques I took to create this card (along with some tool tips!):
- I used sponging and masked sponging to create my mountain landscape (and to keep my Very Vanilla Card Stock background layer from being too stark).
Tool Tip: Remember, if you cut your Stamping Sponges into quarters, you can work with four different color families at a time without contamination or needing to wash your sponges!
- I heat embossed my horse (from the retired Horse Frontier Stamp Set) with Black Stampin' Emboss powder and Versamark Ink.
- I watercolored my horse with an Aqua Painter using Cajun Craze and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink with the lid of my ink pad as my palette.
Tool Tip: It can be hard to cleanly watercolor a shape such as this horse with small areas like the legs and ears using the aqua painters. I like to heat emboss the image and roughly watercolor (not worrying about staying in the lines), then cut out the image. The embossed lines help guide you as you are cutting out the image and all of your messiness disappears!
- I added a glossy lacquered look to my horse with a layer of Crystal Effects.
Tool Tip: A layer of Crystal Effects can take a long time to dry - and touching to 'test' usually means a fingerprint in your glaze! To prevent this, I usually wait overnight to ensure I don't make a mess.
- I stamped my custom greeting with our Alphabet Rotary Wheel stamp.
- I die cut my greeting and ovals using the Big Shot and Bitty Banners and Ovals Collection framelits.
- I assembled my card with a bit of old green ribbon sitting in my scrap bowl!
I hope my daughter likes it! I certainly had fun in my craft room making it for her.