I wish I could come up with really creative titles for my posts, but I just can't. The title of today's post is pretty straight forward. The card has an elephant on it, and it's going to a 13 year old girl for her birthday. There is a little tutorial I made for the background of this card. Once I started typing it out I thought it was rather silly to have all the pictures showing you things that you could figure out easily enough by just reading, but I went to the trouble to take the pictures and upload them, so I'm going to go ahead and have the pictures too. I hope you don't think I'm thinking you need these pictures to understand!
Okay, enough said! First I'll show you the card and then I'll tell you how the background was done.
Isn't that little elephant (is it odd to say little and elephant in the same sentence?) so cute? This is another image I received in an image swap so I don't know what company it's from. I colored with colored pencils and blended them with odorless mineral spirits. I did use a red copic marker on the toenails and then I went over them with a clear glaze pen. I wanted them to look like she had just had a manicure! LOL!
Anyway, here's how the background was done.
Tear pieces if masking tape and apply to cardstock. I let the edges overhang and just tape it to my cutting board. It holds the cardstock down and the edges will be cut away when you're finished.
Continue adding pieces of masking tape letting them overlap.
Do this until your whole cardstock piece is covered.
Then take your choice of color ink pad and just swipe it over your tape. Use a kleenex or paper towel to rub excess ink off. This will also move the ink into the torn edges more.
Once that's complete all you have to do is cut the edges off and your piece is ready to use. One thing to note is that anything you mount on top of this piece will not stick well with just regular tape or pop dots. To adhere this elephant to the card I applied pop dots to the back of the image piece and then used some crystal effects to the back of the pop dots and placed it on the background. I chose this technique for this particular card because I thought the tape looked like elephant skin. You can also do this technique using small pieces of tape rather than strips of tape like I've done here. I am still considering adding a sentiment to the front of the card. Maybe something like "Big Birthday Wishes". What do you think?
I hope you will give this technique a try sometime! Thanks for looking!