Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#BestDadEver by Dana Warren

Hiya AI fans!!

It's Dana here with a easy Father's Day card for you! Yes, Father's Day is right around the corner (where has the year gone?!?!) so to help you start thinking about cards for dad's i decided share one with you!!

First i stamped the guy from The Lawn Ranger set in brown ink on watercolor paper. I colored him up with distress markers and water, then fussy cut him out. Then i set him aside while i made my background.

I started with a wide strip of white card stock and i used a watercolor technique i learned from Kristina Werner. This is the second or third time tried this background technique and a little practice has helped. I also found that i do better on thick white card stock, rather then watercolor paper. Mainly because the white card stock soaks up the ink and with watercolor paper you have to let it dry (or hit it with an embossing gun to speed dry it!) and well, i tend to play with it to much when its on watercolor paper!

But anyway its super easy to do!! I picked out my distress inks (ink that reacts with water work best!) and i smooshed them on a big clear block. I added spritz of water, lots of water!! Then to pick up the ink  i used a small (probably about 4 x 4 or so) piece of acetate, just press it on the block. The ink pools on the acetate! Then press the acetate on your paper. I repeated it several times until i was happy with the look! Since i rarely use all the ink on one background i pulled out other card stock pieces and did a couple more until all my ink was used, now i have a few extra pieces ready to go in the future!!

All that was left to do was to stamp my sentiment on a piece of Kraft cardstck and assemble my card! I added the watercolor panel to a green card base with foam tape. Hand cut a piece of Kraft card stock to make a ground and adhered it to the bottom of my card. Then adhered the lawn mower guy and my sentiment along with an extra Kraft banner.

I hope my card inspires you to get creating some father's day card or play with some watercolors!!

Have a great day!!


Karen Day said...

I really love this, Dana - your background is wonderful! Don't you just adore his grin?!?

Renee Matarese said...

Love those colors and the cool background! He's one of my favorites! I like the Kraft mixed in with the brights too.

Cheri Burry said...

Wow! I just love that background! Love the colors you went with as well!

diane zechman said...

Fun background, Dana! This is a great masculine card.

Charne said...

The cheesy grin is priceless...and I love the splattered bg! perfect, tfs

Sue from Oregon said...

This lawn guy looks like he has either had a beer or two, or is up to something funny LOL! Love that background!

Sharon Caudle said...

SUPER cool Dana!!!! I love, love, love the background you created and I WILL be trying that out!!!! Thanks for sharing how you did it! He looks amazing with those colors tool Perfection!!