Did you try printing digital papers after my last post? I couldn’t resist printing these geometric patterns with pops of gold. Learn how I added Zentangle® to one card.
In my last post, I discussed printing digital pattern paper, including information on printer settings and paper types. If you missed it, or need a refresh, you can access the post here. The video below demonstrates adding Zentangle® and shading to pattern paper.
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb cardstock was my paper of choice today. Creative Market was running a special on these digital patterns, so I was able to download them for free.
Alter the scale of the pattern paper by the number of copies you print to each page. I wanted small scale pineapples; therefore, I printed 4 copies per page. Needing plenty of white space to Zentangle®, I only printed 2 copies per page of the teal circle paper.
The gold was fabulous and eye-catching on-screen, and I was curious how well it would print. I have to say I was impressed with the texture and dimension of the gold and the intense black! My printer was able to handle the 80lb Neenah well with the manual pass-through feed.
The pineapple paper is perfect as is, so I made a simple card with a Stardream Metallic Gold mat to accentuate the gold.
Stardream is one of my favorite gold cardstocks. It’s 105lb cover, and the tone of the gold always seems to be just the right color to add to my cards. I added a die-cut Hello and some Nuvo Crystal Drops and called it done.
All the orbs reminded me of planets and suns, which inspired me to add a variation of the Zentangle® pattern Hollibaugh. (see video) It’s a super simple pattern that’s taught in introductory Zentangle® classes.
Generally, I prefer to tangle on a textured paper as it’s much easier to add shading to paper with a tooth. Since Neenah is super smooth, I opted for Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils. They’re very pigmented and grab onto smooth paper well.
They blended like a dream but darkened the piece more than I would have liked. I’m wondering if lighter pastel pencils would be a better option. If you have a pastel pencil brand recommendation, please let me know in the comments below!
If you’d like to save this post for later or share it, here’s a perfectly pinnable pic for your board. For more inspiration, swing by the CutCardStock Pinterest page here.
Thanks for visiting and until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire.
Amber Rain Davis