Hi there and happy Friday! We have gorgeous sunshine here today and I´m really enjoying the rays of sun – funny, how they immediately bring a smile on my face!! So it´s end of February already. My month was full of ups and downs and I will share more about it in due course, when the time is right. Don´t worry, nothing like I´m seriously ill or something, just normal ups and downs life sometimes throws on our paths to see if we can cope with them and maybe also to learn us to cherish the days more when there are no obstacles on our way. I´ve been told, it´s going to be all good and something better always evolves from change, but I´m afraid you see these things first afterwards and I´m not quite there yet, so cannot quite see it yet ;-).
So instead I´m going to enjoy the sunshine and the gorgeous weather today. Boy have I missed the sun!!! :). And now for the most important part – a few cards!
I made these with various Canvas Corp Brands products. Mainly used the Tattered Tangles papers and some Tattered Angels mists. Can´t go wrong with those, right? 🙂 So what´s Tattered Tangles then, you are probaby thinking. They are pre-made papers with all kids of zentangles on them (here is a link for you to see what Zentangles is all about). Canvas Corp. has all kinds of pre-made papers in this style. The idea is to use them as they are or as a base for further „zentangling“. Sometimes it´s hard to draw the first line on white paper and these papers will help you start :). Then there are papers that have motives on them, like presents. I´ve used those on my cards. You could either decorate them a little bit more (= add more zentangles) or leave them as they are and give them a touch of color instead. That is what I´ve done on these cards. I just colored them with alcohol markers. Really easy to do and the paper absorbs other colors too. You could use mists, glazes, crayons and regular coloring pens even. I wanted to get a strong color so I chose alcohol markers.
For the background I´ve added a piece of watercolor paper which I sprayed with similar tones of Glimmer Mist. That way both the present image and the background go nicely together. The background is really easy to do, just spray some color onto the background, use a heat gun to dry it and if preferred add some more color and heat dry again.
After coloring the present images and creating the background I just glued everything on their places. I used 3D foam pads to glue down the presents. That way they stand out a little bit. I´ve also added a slight layer of glitter glue on the bow to give it a touch of sparkle.
Finally I just used some hand carved stamps (made by a lovely friend of mine – thank you!) to stamp the black dye ink sentiment on the cards. I find the the style of the stamps goes really well with the tangled papers. That´s it, the cards are all done. This is really easy and fast to do – and fun – so I hope you give these papers a try! There will be another project coming up soon, same kind of papers, but totally different direction – can´t wait to share it with you as I had so much fun making it! 🙂