Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Eileen Hull Monthly Challenge - Cards

Happy New Year. Welcome to my monthly post for Eileen Hull. This month the DT are focusing on cards and techniques.
 I decided on a masculine card this time around with a mixed media feel and I really enjoyed making my first card of the new year.
Cut a piece of white card to your chosen size and then paint with a light coat of Gesso. I like to add Gesso as this makes blending so much easier.
Use any old paint lids or containers and then apply Twisted Citron Distress Paint to the edges of the lid using a finger and press the lid onto the card.
Repeat this process until you are happy with the composition. I used two sized lids for my design.
Colour each of the circles with one layer of paint in this case Twisted Citron, I applied the paint with a finger.
I added a second colour, Peacock Feathers Distress Paint and blended each of the colours together with my finger. Adding the darker shade to the edges of the circles.
Continue with this process, blending as you move along until all the circles are shaded.
Apply Twisted Citron Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritz with water and then pick up with a paintbrush and apply the ink around the edges of the circles.
This gives a tone on tone shading to the outside edges of the circles.
Continue adding layers of the colour around the edges, adding more colour the closer you are to the circles. and then dry with a heat tool.
To add a touch more shading and depth to the circles I applied Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon around the edges.
 Smudge the Distress Crayon with a finger to blend.
I also added a touch of Black Distress Crayon here and there for further definition and shading. Continue this process until you are happy with the finished look.
Add delictate splatters of white paint to the background for added interrest and highlights.
I then started to think about a focal image and used  Eileen Hull's Luggage Tag Die as a starting point.
I die cut the pieces from the Luggage Tag from white card and used the piece on the left for this project.
I stamped the die cut piece with Tim Holtz Gent from the Evolution Stamp Set using Black Archival Ink. I coloured the background with Twisted Citron Distress Ink. I also applied Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edges and smudged with a finger. At this stage I also added a touch more Black Distress Crayon around the edges of my circles and a touch more Peacock Feathers Distress Paint to the inside edges of the circles for further shading.
I then die cut three banners from white card using Eileen Hull's Banners and Pennants Die.
I applied Twisted Citron Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then mopped up the beads of ink with the die cut piece.
I coloured each of the pennants with the ink and then dried with a heat tool and applied Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edges.
I love the shading on the circles they seem to pop from the background and the white highlights really lift the design. I was quite pleased with the way this one turned out.
A few more delicate splatters of paint over the focal image and I also tucked the die cut pieces behind the focal image for further interest.
A few of Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs add further interest to the background and the black is a great contrast to the citrus colours.
I love how all the layers are visible and the colours really appeal to me.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


brenda said...

Loving the bright zingy colours Tracey and super background with the gesso and paints.

B x

Juli Riedel said...

I love, love this! That is a great die as well and will have to get it! Awesome job as always!

KAT said...

This is really beautiful! Love the use of the circles and the bright pop of color! Thanks for the step by step!

Eileen Hull said...

Simply fantastic Tracy! I would know this was yours by your awesome technique.

Corrie Herriman said...

This is gorgeous Tracy ! Love it !
Corrie xxx

Redanne said...

A fabulous card Tracy, I love the circles, the colours and all the techniques you used - great tutorial too! Hugs, Anne xx

Billie A said...

Great tutorial and love the finger painting. Great colors and added details. Love this look. Hugs

Annie said...

A feast for the eyes Tracy xx love the background details and the additional layers xx Best Wishes in 2017
Annie xx

craftytrog said...

Love those circles Tracy!
Happy new year!
Alison x

Barbara Schiassi said...

Absolutely love this tutorial and your project is FABULOUS! As always! BArbara

Coco said...

Taking 5 minutes to look at your card and read your post, wow, great card and technique, thank you Tracy for this full tutorial, so great!!
I love your way of creating this masculine card, it is exquisite.
Have a lovely Sunday, Corinne xxx