Springtime Encouragement Card

Love coloring with alcohol-based markers but looking for a way to amp your artwork up?  Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock allows for seamless blending while enhancing pretty images like this one with a touch of subtle shimmer.

Start by stamping your image in a alcohol-friendly ink onto a panel of Cryogen White Cardstock trimmed to 4¼” x 5½”.  For large images like this one, I usually prefer to use a stamp positioning tool in case of uneven inking.

Color your image with the alcohol markers of your choice.  Once I was satisfied with the shading on my daffodils, I added a light blue border around the entire image and blended it out to nothing with a colorless blender.

I decided to mat my colored image to give it a little more weight on the final card, so I trimmed it down to 3″ x 5″.  Then, I trimmed a panel of Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock to 3⅛” x 5⅛” to leave a thin border when layered.

To create the gingham background, stamp the pattern in Versamark ink onto a piece of Cryogen White Cardstock cut to 5¾” x 5¾”.  Add clear embossing powder and melt it with a heat tool.

Blend different shades of green and yellow ink over top of the embossed pattern until you achieve the look desired.  Rub a dry paper towel over the panel when done to remove any excess ink from the embossed areas.

Stamp a sentiment onto a scrap of Cryogen White Cardstock and die-cut it out.  Ink the edges with matching green and yellow inks to add emphasis.

To assemble, adhere the gingham background to a Stardream Metallic Quartz cardbase (cut to 6″ x 12″ and scored down the center) with tape runner.  Tie a bow of natural twine around the matted daffodil image and secure it and the sentiment to front with foam tabs.

I hope you enjoyed this pretty springtime card project and thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to visit the CutCardStock store to purchase any of the supplies showcased today and remember that Curious Metallic Cardstocks are on sale this month!

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