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Let's look at some of the basic card making techniques before moving onto more advanced projects...
Colouring in is not just for the kids!
Nowadays there's a craze for adult colouring books to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.
Even better this beautiful skill can also be used for colouring our stamped images
If you are just starting out practice colouring with whatever you have available and try blending different colour combinations.
As you progress you will be tempted to buy different colouring mediums to create a more professional finish....such as...
Try them out for yourself and see the difference!
Repeating Patterns have been used on fabrics since ancient times.
In card making we use repeating patterns to create backgrounds.
Single image stamps make great repeating patterns. Though there are no rules to say you only have to use one stamp!
Have a go at creating your own repeating patterns with different images.
Stamping off or fade out patterns are used to create a lighter image(s) from one colour.
In this example the stamped off image gives the appearance of trees fading into the distance.
The technique can also be used in reverse and is often used with layered stamps.
Ink your stamp and "stamp off" onto a piece of scrap paper. Then stamp onto your card. This is called 2nd generation stamping.
If you "stamp off" twice onto your scrap paper it is called 3rd generation stamping.
It is used when you want to create lighter versions of the same ink colour.
See: Layered Stamps
Two step stamping is when you use two or more stamps to create an image. This creates a three dimensional effect.
Stamping off and two step stamping have been combined to create this flower below. The base image is stamped off to create a lighter image. While the top image is stamped in the same colour without stamping off.
Masking is the technique of placing one stamped image behind another.
This creates foreground and background images.
Multiple mask have been used to create the image below.
The masks are used to cover individual sections to allow for sponging.
Layers or toppers are added to card bases to create a frame. Using a contrasting colour helps the card stand out from the base.
The most basic layers are the same shape as the card base and usually 1/4" smaller on each side.
Individual images or sentiments can also be mounted to create a three dimensional effect.
These layers can be any shape....circle....square....oval....the choice is yours!
They can also be raised with foam pads and overlapped with each other.
Have a look at the Card Making Ideas Gallery to see examples of layering.