Hey there! Happy Wednesday! I am back today with a Take Two project. If you missed them before, Take Two projects are projects where I use my Tuesday Tutorial as a jumping off point for another project. I may use the same products, the same theme, or both to make another project. The idea is to see new ways to translate tutorials and techniques into different projects. Today I have taken yesterday’s Fly Away Beautiful Art Tag tutorial as inspiration for a new Pocket Art Card for my Pocket Art Binder. (Pocket Art is my take on combining pocket pages, art journals, and ATC type art into one.)
To make things a bit quicker when inspiration strikes, I cut pieces of manila to fit inside each pocket. (Links for the binder and pocket pages in the supply list below.) This way, when inspiration hits, I don’t have to take the time to measure and cut a piece to fit, I have it ready to go. I also like that it helps me to see the page as a whole so that I can see what theme the assembled pockets create. Each page doesn’t have to have a theme, each pocket can be its own theme, but I decided to assembled cards in themes on each page. In this case, I knew I was going to do an inky background with a butterfly so it fit with the theme of this page perfectly.
Please remember, today’s tutorial builds off of yesterdays, so if you haven’t checked it out, be sure you do. You can find it at: Tutorial | Fly Away Beautiful Art Tag.
After creating yesterday’s tag, I thought to myself that the finished background had a watery feel to it. I could have/should have added clear embossing powder to the paint to add to the water feel. Since it was raining like crazy when I created this card, I decided to add that extra step. I wanted my card to have a water feel again, with the heavier amount of “rain” at the bottom. To do this, I wanted the paint heavier on the lower part of the stamp. After applying the paint, I took a dry towel and lightly wiped away some of the paint at the top.
After pressing my manila cardstock onto the stamp, you can see that the paint is juicier toward the bottom. You will want wet juicy paint for the embossing powder part…
Sprinkle clear embossing powder into the wet paint. The wet paint will hold the powder to the card.
Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool. I use the Milwaukee heat tool (link below in the supplies) for melting embossing powder. It is very hot and makes quick work of embossing powder. I do not recommend it for tasks like drying ribbon or paper. For that, you will want to stick with your regular heat tool.
Like the tag from yesterday, mist the manila with water and then with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray Stain. Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to the card on two opposite corners.
Sand the edges of the card. Use an ink blending tool to apply Pumice Stone Distress Ink to the edges of the card. Rake the ink pad directly on the card edges to add a bold edge.
Mist a small amount of water onto a dry cloth. Use the wet spot on the towel to wipe over the melted embossing powder. This will remove any excess ink on the powder that could make it look dull.
Add a strip of Tissue Tape along the left edge of the card.
Tear a piece of vellum the same length of the card and slightly wider than a flower rub-on (Botanical Remnant Rubs). Transfer the design onto the vellum.
Place the vellum over the left side of the card. Fold the excess vellum to the back of the card. Add a bit of adhesive on the back of the card to secure it.
Machine Stitch over the vellum to secure it in place.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink the edges of an ephemera ticket. Slip the ephemera under the vellum below the flower.
Wrap a piece of dyed ribbon (this was the piece dyed in yesterday’s tutorial) around the card. Tie in a simple knot on the side of the card.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink the edges of two ephemera labels and a small butterfly. Add color to the butterfly by using Distress Markers with a water brush. Brush the edges of a Small Talk sentiment sticker with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Layer the Small Talk sticker with the two labels.
Adhere the assembled sentiment piece over the ribbon.
Adhere the butterfly to the card with adhesive foam tape.
Add Mini Fasteners to the centers of three Mini Gears. Tuck the gears under and around the labels.
When making Pocket Art Cards, make note of where the opening of the pocket will be. Since this pocket opens to the side, I was able to add the ribbon tail to the side of the card so that it would stick out of the pocket.
While I was working I spotted a Flash Card that said “Spring”. I thought it would be a great addition to a future Pocket Art Card on this page so I slipped it into the pocket with the blank manila card already in it. I will come back and finish this card another day when inspiration strikes.
While you can’t see it in the photo, the white areas have a raised surface and a gloss finish. I love using paint to add embossing powder to projects. It is a great way to add dimension and a unique finish!
I just never get tired of the special soft touch that vellum adds to a project. In this case, it allows me to add a very detailed rub-on design over a busy background. If I had applied the rub-on directly over the background and Tissue Tape it would have been so busy that the detail of them all would make mud. With the vellum, the flower stays defined with the background muted but still visible. It adds extra layers that creates more depth too.
As you may know, I love great quotes and sentiments. If you do too, you HAVE to pick up the Small Talk sticker set. The sentiments and phrases are so good! They are so good it is almost too hard to pick just one for a project! I always find that one, the one, will jump out and catch my eye and say exactly what I wanted the project to say.
That was today’s sentiment. I had my daughter Anna on my heart as she was off to two interviews for teaching positions. She loves being close to home but she is heading off for interviews in a town several hours away. Today she was spreading her wings and doing something very brave. She is on the verge of flying and that is so exciting!